Special thanks to Dr. Stela Zamfirescu, Country Representative for Romania, for sending in this report.
In Romania, goat breeding represents an essential branch of zootechnics and has an old tradition and considerable economic importance. Goat breeding is also an activity with a long tradition of providing milk, meat, and processed products to the population. A third of the country's employed population works in agriculture, which situates Romania well above the 5.9% average of the EU countries. All these elements place Romania among the nations with high agricultural potential (above 30%). In 2019, Romania was third in terms of small ruminants. Currently, the goat sector counts over 2,045,000 heads, of which 1,320,000 are breeding goats, and 200,000 are mated juveniles, which led to an increase of the total number by 5.4% compared to 2018. Goat breeding belongs entirely to the private sector. The animals are reared in rural areas because there are favorable conditions for their breeding. They are also raised because of the higher demand from consumers. Of the total number, 83% of goat farms have up to 10 goats, and they also represent most of the total number, of over 37%.
The strong points of goat breeding in Romania are determined by:
The organizers of the International Sheep Veterinary Conference are holding a Virtual Meeting in November 23-25, 2021. Abstracts are still being accepted with the deadline extended to July 15. This is a great opportunity to present your research, case studies, etc. to an international audience and attend a scientific meeting devoted to sheep health research without leaving your office!
Visit these links for more information on the International Sheep Veterinary Association and the 2023 ISVC to be held in Seville, Spain, March 6-10.
American Institute for Goat Research (AIGR), Langston University, held the Annual Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day in May. The AIGR hoped that Field Day would resume as usual in 2021. however, due to lingering and even spiking COVID 19 infections in Oklahoma and because of the slow pace of vaccinations in early 2021, the 2021 Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day was not held in person but held virtually via Zoom. The theme was “Goat and Lamb Cookery & More” and took place in smaller 2-to-4-hour segments spread over several weeks. Among the sessions, the two most popular workshops entitled “Internal Parasites and FAMACHA training in Small Ruminants” and “Goat Nutrition and LINC” were recorded and uploaded to the Langston University Ag YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/taglu01.
Among those who attended the parasite workshop, more than 20 people worldwide received a FAMACHA certificate and a FAMACHA card. If you are interested in being certified, you can still do it by fulfilling the following requirements.
Among the workshop videos, the “Primer on Parasites” has been highlighted in Sheep & Goat magazine’s (www.ranchmagazine.com) in June 2021 issue (Volume 29, No.5).
Dairy Goat Manual (Australia)
by Gaille Abud (IGA member) and Arthur Stubbs
This revised edition of the “Dairy Goat Manual” was compiled as a guide to current recommended dairy goat farm management practices based on observations and information gained during the course of the RIRDC project “Farming and Marketing Goat and Sheep Milk Products”.
Information contained in this Manual is provided as general advice only. For application to specific situations, professional advice should be sought.
RIRDC and its research agents have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the information in these publications is accurate at the time of publication. Readers should ensure that they make appropriate enquiries to determine whether new information is available on the particular subject matter.
The project was funded from RIRDC Core Funds which are provided by the Australian Government.
This report, an addition to RIRDC’s diverse range of over 1800 research publications, forms part of our New Animal Products R&D program, which aims to accelerate the development of viable new animal industries.
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Goats of the World and World of Goats – Emerging from the Shadow of COVID-19
This virtual conference will take place from 2 pm to 6 pm European Time (Paris time).
Goat breeding, as part of the livestock sector is a key contributor to food security, nutrition and livelihoods, especially for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since the global outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the world’s goat production and the life of the farmers have been severely affected. The aim of the conference is to investigate the negative impacts (current and potential) of the pandemic e.g. reduced access to animal feeds, inputs and services; reduced processing capacities; compromised storage and conservation options; difficulties in inland and international transportation; animal health problems because of reduced testing and diagnostic capacity; lack of animal disease control programmes. Reports will be delivered on national and regional levels (by Country Representatives and Regional Directors of IGA), hoping to get a global overview by the end of the conference. The organisers would be more than happy to see some actions, how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the goat sector.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.
International Goat Association
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