Written by Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, IGA Secretary-Treasurer
Why graze meat goats with beef cattle?
Written by Yan Landau on behalf of the entire IGA Board.
Prof. Nissim Silanikove passed away on 13 August 2017, after combatting cancer for many years. Nissim was an Associate Editor of Small Ruminant Research over a 14-year period for papers addressing milk products and lactation.
Nissim was born in Rehovot (Israel) in 1950 to a family of Bulgarian Jews. He was interested in agriculture from a very young age and studied at the Youth Agricultural Village of Kfar Silver from 1964 to 1968. After three years of duty in the Israel Defence Forces, Nissim joined the Faculty of Agriculture at Rehovot (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), where he earned B.Sc. (1974) and M.Sc. (1976) degrees in Animal Science. His thesis, with Prof. H. Tagari, was on the availability for sheep of phosphorus contained in poultry litter.
Written by Heather Briggs, IGA Country Representative, United Kingdom
The sweet, salty and nutty flavor of the blue goats’ cheese presented by the Cornish Cheese Company resulted in it winning the category ‘100 percent Goat Milk Cheese open to UK Producers’ at the 2017 International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich, the United Kingdom on July 25.
Kay Barlow, Category Technical Manager for Core Chilled at British supermarket chain ASDA, judged the class alongside Heather Briggs, who is also the International Goat Association’s UK country representative. Both had no hesitation in declaring their winner.
We are proud to welcome the newest IGA institutional member, the National Veterinary Institute (Statens Veterinärmedicinska Anstalt or SVA).
SVA is a Swedish governmental institution a national authority in veterinary medicine, providing expert advice and working for good animal and human health. Veterinarians and animal owners are key groups in detecting diseases and they work in close co-operation with both.
Title: Goat health - nutrition and disease prevention
Location: Veterinary Faculty of Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Date: December 2, 2017
Aim: meeting with goat breeders and training on nutrition and health of goats
Technical demonstration within the conference: presentation of the nutritive products for goats and kids, brochures on sponsors.
Languages of the conference: Polish and English. Translation will be provided.
Information about the conference is on the “KoziSerwis” website (which is run for goat breeders): http://www.kozy.edu.pl/
We would like to welcome our newest IGA institutional member, Federación Española de Asociaciones de Ganado Selecto (FEAGAS).
FEAGAS was founded in 1982 as a technical and representative national forum for member organizations. They are the largest umbrella organization focused on livestock breeds in Spain.
They represent 106 Spanish purebred livestock organizations, covering cattle, sheep, goats (14 goat breeders associations), pigs, horses, etc. Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Autonomous Communities has officially recognized them to manage and coordinate actions related to the herd books and the breeding of the livestock.
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.