National Foundation for Biotechnology Development (NADBIO) and the Venezuelan Department of Agriculture Initiate Program for Caprine Integral Development (PIDEL)
Written by Luis Dickson, IGA Regional Director for South America
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas - Venezuela
The traditional breeding of goats began in Venezuela a few decades after the colonization by the Spaniards and has survived without many changes since then. The animal used is the Criollo, a very resistant animal that evolved from a mixture of Spanish, African and Canarian breeds introduced more than 200 years ago and that is adapted to the rough semiarid conditions of Venezuela. Breeders also use a very prolific mixture of crosses of Criollo and more recent introduced breeds like French Alpine, Anglo Nubian, Saanen and Majorera.
Written by Héctor Mario Andrade-Montemayor
Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro - México
El inventario nacional de caprinos en México asciende a cerca de 8,7 millones de cabezas, que producen 167.000 toneladas de leche (1,1% producción mundial) y 48.000 toneladas de carne (0,89% producción mundial). Este sector se concentra principalmente en las zonas áridas y semiáridas que corresponden al 60% del país, extendiéndose de sur a norte (Figura 1). Siendo los principales estados según sus censos: Puebla, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Guerrero, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Guanajuato y Michoacán. (Foto 1)
Los sistemas de producción se dividen por el principal producto obtenido, siendo estos: Cabrito (Cría lechal de 30 días con un promedio de peso de 10 kg pie) en el norte y parte del centro de la república, Chivo cebado (Chivo de 40 a 45 kg) en el Pacifico y la región Mixteca, y producción de leche (que produce cabrito como subproducto) en La laguna, Centro y Bajío.
“All’ombra della Madonnina”
Special thanks to Luca Rapetti, IGA's Country Representative in Italy for this information.
The 12th Italian Goat Cheese and Yogurt Competition was held in Milan on May 6th and 7th 2017. Entitled “All’ombra della Madonnina (In the shadow of the Madonnina) referencing the little Madonna of Milan’s Cathedral, this competition was organized by ONAF (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Formaggi - National Organization Cheese Tester, www.onaf.it) with the collaboration of ARAL (Associazione Regionale Allevatori della Lombardia – Regional Association of Farmers of Lombardy) and with the sponsorship of IGA.
A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems
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Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.
For more than a decade, Gianaclis Caldwell and her family have operated Pholia Farm Creamery, an off-grid, raw milk goat cheese dairy. In Holistic Goat Care, Caldwell offers readers a comprehensive guide to maintaining a healthy herd of goats, whether they are dairy goats, meat goats, fiber goats, or pet goats.
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.