The Asian Regional Conference on Goats has just concluded and was an incredible success.
The conference was held from October 20th to 23rd in Chitwan, Nepal, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Department of Livestock Services, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Heifer International Nepal, and University Grants Commission.
The main aim of the conference was to gather researchers, academicians, and development entities to exchange knowledge and technologies generated in the field of goat research and development across the globe.
To learn more, visit the conference website: afu.edu.np/vet/arcg2019.
Written by Prof. Stela Zamfirescu, IGA Country Representative for Romania
Founder and Honorary President of ANCC CAPRIROM
The favorable conditions for the breeding of small ruminants in Romania determined the continuous development of these species. Goats continue their numerical development, as the leading milk suppliers. This increase is determined, on the one hand, by the visible decrease in dairy cows, and on the other hand, by consumers’ awareness of the benefits of milk and goat milk cheese.
At the beginning of 2019, the total number of goats exceeds 2 million, of which the total number of females was 1,715,000 heads, with an increase of 117,365 heads, which represents a weight of 7.3%, compared to 2017. A recent analysis of the National Agency for Animal Husbandry mentions a new aspect regarding the breed structure of goats. The native breeds raised in Romania are the Carpathian and Banat White. However, due to the massive imports, over the last ten years, of specialized dairy breeds, namely Saanen, Alpine and Anglo-Nubian, the structure of these breeds has changed dramatically.
The Annual Dairy Sheep and Goat Conference has world class lectures on aspects of Dairy Sheep and Dairy Goat production and medicine, aimed at all small ruminant farmers, vets, advisors, nutritionists and suppliers. A combination of quality science and practical information given to an audience of farmers and vets.
Presenta: MVZ.MC.Dr. Héctor Mario Andrade Montemayor
Presidente de ALEPRyCS y Director Para México, Centro América y el Caribe de la IGA
El presente informe técnico del XI Congreso de la ALEPRyCS y 1er IGA Latinoamérica, con la finalidad de apoyar en el desarrollo de capacidades técnicas en el área de pequeños rumiantes, tanto al personal técnico, estudiantes, profesionistas y académicos.
Este congreso se conformó de 4 partes: (31 de Mayo al 3 de Junio)
Descargue el informe completo, haga clic aquí.
It has been almost six months since Jim passed away on April 7, 2019. I think of him as a good friend and close colleague. Many of us remember Jim as a collegial team member at the International Goat Association, but few knew that he was instrumental in every major decision I made as the President of IGA.
Jim was very much respected and trusted, and I often took his advice and went against my own instinct and wishes. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for IGA under more than one president. Jim was particularly supportive when we tried to rebuild IGA’s financial standing. He was an important partner when we embarked the strategic planning process, for the first time in the history of IGA. With the participation of Christie, Rosalee, a facilitator, among others, Jim worked tirelessly to make sure the logistic was well in place.
Estos videos muestran la preparación tradicional de productos de cabra por la etnia Wayuu de La Guajira en Colombia.
Un agradecimiento especial a Clara Viviana Rúa Bustamante (IGA-CR Colombia) por llamarnos la atención sobre estos videos.
Goats products preparation, Colombia
These videos show the traditional preparation of goat products by the ethnic Wayuu from La Guajira in Colombia. They are in Spanish.
Dried meat - Traditional preparation of goat and sheep meat
Dulce de leche (Caramel) - Traditional preparation
Special thanks to Clara Viviana Rúa Bustamante (IGA-CR Colombia) for bringing these videos to our attention.
Written by H.R. Bahmani, N. Papi, F. Mirzaei
Animal Science Research Institute of Iran, Karaj, Iran
History of goat breeding in the province
The archaeological excavations show that Aryans were the first to domesticate goats for the first time. They were domesticated more than 9000 BC in Asia and the Middle East, especially in the lands now called Kurdistan. Given the many similarities in terms of coverage and characteristics of the produced fiber between Markhoz goats and Angora goats, they have been known as Iranian Angora goats and their fiber as mohair in some references. Some researchers assume the center of Anatolia and many have speculated Asia Minor as the origin place of Angora goats, especially where Kurds live in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. The variation in the goats in Kurdish areas supports the latter speculation. Markhoz goat population may have been part of the core Angora goats isolated from its population in Iraq and Turkey for long years.
Geographic distribution areas
Markhoz goats have dispersed for years away in the provinces of Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan, and Kermanshah. At present, there are only few of them in a small part of Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces. More than 90 percent of the population of Markhoz goats are scattered in its natural habitat, in the county of Armarda in the vicinity of the city of Baneh
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