Profile – Heather Rose Briggs
Country Representative for United Kingdom
Heather is a mature, part-time, self-funded Ph.D. candidate at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds. Her interest in goats stems from work done in translations for a number of specialist researchers on the caprine species. She holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Wye College, University of London and is a freelance agricultural journalist regularly working for numerous national and international agricultural trade publications. She also has experience as manager of an agricultural cooperative based in Spain and exporting fruit and vegetables to the UK and the Netherlands. Her doctoral research involves investigating links between sustainable intensification and vertical farming. She is also an international cheese judge, judging at the Nantwich International Cheese Awards and the World Cheese Awards.
Yogurt has deep roots in Ethiopia, particularly for pastoral communities, and now its handling is facing deep scrutiny from a research team at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Led by Dr. Kebede Amenu, the team is using bacterial counts to compare the safety of yogurt stored in aluminum containers versus traditional yogurt containers that women treat with a smoking process for sanitation. The team carried out a lab-based experiment to assess the effect of smoking of containers using different tree species on the microbial load of milk and yogurt kept in smoked containers. Building its case, the milk safety project collected milk and feces from 217 cows and camels in May and completed microbiological analysis for E.coli O157 and Salmonella. Comparing the results of this analysis to that on microbes present in the containers will help to determine the efficiency of the sanitation process. Ultimately, Dr. Amenu hopes to improve the sanitation of dairy products in remote parts of Ethiopia. The project, as summarized in this blog post, supports women and families to overcome food insecurity. It also funds three master’s students.
“Keeping Small Ruminants Healthy and Productive”
The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for veterinarians, researchers, educators, producers and support industries to share knowledge and ideas on improving and maintaining the health of sheep and goats, not just in Canada but around the world. SRVO has been offered the unique opportunity to present this conference in conjunction with the Sheep Veterinary Society of the UK as their quadrennial “European” meeting.
We are soliciting abstracts for presentations and posters on research findings, case reports, practice tips related to disease issues in sheep and goats. We are offering technical tours, including farm visits, some tourist delights and a pre-conference tour for those coming from away. We guarantee there will be something for everybody with an interest in the health of sheep and goats.
Goat meat on the up
Dairy farmers of the future could be raising male kid goats (billies) for the meat market as a supplementary source of income, according to James Whetlor, co-proprietor of specialist wholesaler Cabrito Goat Meat.
The market for kid-goat meat is on the rise, with a steady but constant increase in demand that is thanks to Mr Whetlor’s innovative trickle-down marketing, who now supplies billies to more than 50 restaurants.
“There is a huge, untapped market out there, but first we need to ensure that people can try the meat quite cheaply,” says the former London chef.
To participate in this book, contact Prof. Sándor Kukovics, the Academic Editor at email@example.com.
About the book
There are several papers published about goats kept and bred around the world, but a breed inventory covering goat breeds on various continents (and countries) is missing. We propose to create this book.
Goats (Capra) will be very useful for people interested in goats. Along with an inventory, there will be summarized information about why these goats were bred, their products, and what kinds of developments in targeting better meat, milk, hair, pelt, and skin production have been carried out until now.
A new app for small-scale goat marketing in Nepal is ready to roll out. The smartphone app uses a short messaging system (SMS) to connect smallholder sellers and buyers of goats. On May 25, master trainers from Heifer Nepal International introduced the app to female managers of goat cooperatives, who in turn plan to train 1,400 representatives from support groups for goat smallholders by the end of July.
Written by Dr. Christopher D. Lu, IGA Past-President
People who knew Dr. Miguel Angel Pérez-Razo often described him as a humble, determined and optimistic goat scientist who had a special place in his heart for struggling small goat producers.
Miguel Angel Pérez-Razo was born in Mexico City on January 13, 1958. He devoted his entire life to goat science and education. In 1982, he completed his bachelor’s degree in veterinary science at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with the thesis entitled “Non-pathological aspects that affect reproductive efficacy in goats” (“Aspectos no patologicos que afectan la eficacia reproductive en las cabras”). In 1996, he obtained a master’s degree in animal production from UNAM with the thesis entitled “Evaluation of the productivity of the five goats breeds in northern Mexico” (“Evaluación de la productividad de la hembra en cinco razas caprinas en el norte de México”). In 2004, received a Doctor of Sciences from the College of Postgraduates, Teaching and Research Institution in Agricultural Sciences (CP). His thesis was “Productive longevity in five dairy goats breeds” (“Longevidad productiva en cinco razas caprinas lecheras”).
Profile – Luca Rapetti
Country Representative for Italy
Luca is an associate professor in Animal Nutrition and Feeding at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, of the University of Milan. He carried out several researches, mainly at the experimental farm of the Department, aimed at evaluating the requirements of dairy goats and the nutritive value of feeds and diets, with a view to sustainability and quality of production.
Luca is a member of the Cheese Tester National Organization. He is mainly involved in goat cheese evaluation. In few words, from forage to cheese!
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Profile – Lisa Shepard
Country Representative for Southwest USA
Lisa currently works for the American Dairy Goat Association as the Performance Programs Manager. This involves efforts with the DHI Production Testing, Linear Appraisal, Sire Development, DNA Typing, Artificial Insemination, and Type programs. Prior to this, she was employed in the laboratory genetics field for 30 years which evolved into the areas of quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Lisa is a representative to the California Dairy Goat Advisory committee and on the Board of New Mexico’s caprine DHIA.
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Profile – Dr. Irfan Daskiran
Country Representative for Turkey
Irfan has over 25 years of experience and expertise in livestock production. He received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in animal husbandry and breeding & selection systems from Ankara University, Turkey.
He started his career as an Agricultural Engineer in Turkish Agricultural Bank for ten years and later transferred to the Yuzuncu Yil University, Faculty of Agriculture, Animal Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor in Van, Turkey. Irfan worked as a Lecturer and Researcher in University and managed the Vocational School of Bitlis for two years.
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