Balancing Welfare and Productivity
Check out this great article over at Ontario Goat.
Good animal welfare is defined, for the purposes of this article, as when an animal has both its physical needs (adequate housing, food, and water, and good health) and mental needs (able to perform normal behaviours, not frustrated, fearful, or distressed) met.
There are many perspectives on animal welfare. Some may think that an animal that is producing well has good animal welfare while others think that animals with a high level or production must have poor welfare. In reality, the link between production and welfare is more complex.
This graph, adapted from one created by Richard M. Bennett from the University of Reading in the UK, represents a simple theory on the relationship between welfare and productivity.
Así son mis Cabras
Un hermoso poema escrito por un Caprinocultor del departamento Santander, el señor Luis Hernan Pacheco un hombre Lider, amante de las cabras y la leche de cabra, ha participado activamente a nivel gremial, participó en el reconocimiento de la cabra Santandereana, un ejemplo de persona.
Special thanks to Clara Viviana Rua Bustamante (IGA-CR Colombia) for bringing this poem to our attention.
First Announcement – Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG 2019), October 20-23, Chitwan, Nepal
“Goats for food, nutrition and economic security in the developing world.”
The Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) is the first state-owned technical university in Nepal that established under a land grant model with the mandate of three functions: education, research, and extension. AFU aims to produce internationally competent human resources to promote education, research, and development in the field of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, and allied disciplines. Since being established, AFU has engaged in organizing various national, regional, and international conferences, as well as seminars and symposiums, to meet its vision and mission.
Goats (Capra hircus) are very social, curious, gentle, independent and intelligent creatures that were first domesticated by human beings in 10,000 BC. The largest goat population in the world remains in Asia (59%) followed by Africa (35%). Goat husbandry is becoming the most popular enterprise among the rural as well as urban youths in Nepal. Goat, the “poor man’s cow” contributes about 20.4% to the total meat production in the country and ranks second after buffalo (54.3%). Goats are considered a living bank account, as they can be converted into cash when needed by farmers. Thus, this species has made a great contribution to sustaining the livelihoods of rural smallholders in the developing world.
XI Congreso de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Especialistas en Pequeños Rumiantes y Camélidos Sudamericanos (ALEPRyCS)
1er Congreso de la International Goat Association Latinoamerican
June 4-7, 2019
Auditorios del Centro de Negocios de la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
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.
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