Country Representative for Zimbabwe
Jonathan (Jon) Chirisa is a passionate Savanna goat breeder in Zimbabwe. Jon is CEO of Tradegrid Systems Inc., a trade and investment consulting company, and a seasoned tradesman in three disciplines with experience in the construction of agricultural, industrial mining and manufacturing plants across the globe. This extensive experience with numerous world-class companies has given him an insight into the world of industry.
Country Representative for Spain
Eva graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Córdoba, Spain. She has been working with several local goat breeds of the south of Spain for more than ten years. Nowadays Eva is part-time professor of animal production at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and she has founded a company specialized in the conservation of animal genetic resources and genetic improvement.
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Regional Director for Asia and Oceania (excluding China)
Juan Boo is a senior research fellow of the Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security (ITAFoS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He obtained his B. Agric. Sc. from the University of Malaya, his M.Sc. from James Cook University of Northern Queensland, Australia and his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada.
The IGA Board of Directors is pleased to announce two great new Country Representatives (CR) and a wonderful new Regional Director (RD). They have each demonstrated their commitment to IGA and knowledge of the goat sector.
These recently elected Country Representatives are María Eva Muñoz Mejías (Spain) and Jon Chirisa (Zimbabwe). The new Regional Director is Dr. Juan Boo Liang.
IGA is pleased to join the SMARTER Stakeholder Committee, to provide insight and feedback from the new “Small Ruminant Breeding for Efficiency and Resilience.” It is a new European and international initiative funded by the EU that will use genomic selection across countries. It will make selection for traits conferring efficiency and resilience both faster and more efficient. SMARTER will also characterize the phenotype and genome of traditional and underutilized breeds. Finally, SMARTER will propose new breeding strategies that utilize these traits and trade-offs and balance economic, social and environmental challenges.
Please visit the SMARTER website, and sign up for the free newsletter: https://www.smarterproject.eu/
Beth A. Miller, DVM
President, International Goat Association
During the Japan Goat Network (JGN) General Assembly held on November 4, 2017, I (Yoshitaka Nakanishi) was appointed as the new President and successor of former President Akio Imai, who has served since 2005. The JGN currently has more than 600 members including individuals and organizations, so it is a comparably sized association to some other academic organizations in Japan, or even larger. Representing such a large and diverse group might seem like a burden; however, I am willing to fulfill my mission during this term.
The JGN was founded in 1999 and the National Goat Summit, one of the main activities, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The greatest achievement that the JGN has been engaged in so far is revising the “Ministerial Ordinance on Component Standards of Milk and Dairy Products” (Food Sanitation Act, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ordinance). For a long time, the Ministerial Ordinance constrained pasteurized goat milk production in Japan. In 2009, the JGN and the Japan Livestock Technology Association jointly requested a revision of sterilizing goat milk standards (milk fat contents 3.6% or more → 2.5% or more and milk solids nonfat 8.0% or more → 7.5% or more) to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. After five years, the revision was finally approved through the Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council Subcommittee on December 26, 2014.
We would like to welcome our newest IGA institutional member, the Japan Goat Network.
The Japan Goat Network (JGN) was founded in 1999 by researchers and producers who value goats and their products. The founders started with reviewing the goat utilization and promoting its production in Japan saying, “goats save the world.” Goats were one of the very important proteins and socio-economic resources in Japan during the reconstruction period after WWII. They also played a great role to reduce poverty in the world.
Promoting goats with love.
The JGN promotes goats in Japan through sharing and exchanging information on goat management and production, goat milk and meat processing, product marketing, and other goat utilizations such as vegetation control, juvenile emotional education, and as companion animals among researchers, producers, and consumers as well as goat lovers.
Survivability of Escherichia Coli in Commercial Powder Goat Milk during Four Months Storage at Two Different Temperatures
Bacteria in low moisture environments are not favorable for growth, but can survive and cause a possible food safety risk for consumers. A study was conducted to evaluate survivability of Escherichia coli and storage stability of commercial powdered goat milk (PGM) products. Three batches of whole milk PGM samples were purchased at a local outlet, and divided into two halves to assign non-inoculated control and E. coli inoculated groups, then stored at 4 and 22°C for 0, 2, and 4 months. Results showed that significant reduction (P<0.05) in E. coli counts occurred at 22°C treatment group by more than 2 log CFU/g at 2 months storage, then further decreased by an additional 0.37 log CFU/g at 4 months storage. The survival of E. coli was significantly higher at 4°C, suggesting that E. coli could survive better at 4°C by extending a longer latent period than at higher temperature (22°C) under the low water activity condition. E. coli counts had negative correlations with water activity at both temperature treatments for all three storage periods except for 0 and 2 months at 22°C, indicating that the survivability of the E. coli would decrease in powdered whole goat milk for 4 months of storage because of decrease in water activity. It was concluded that Escherichia coli survival and storage stability of the commercial PGM products were significantly (P<0.05) affected by storage temperature and time.
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.