Written by Mouad Chentouf, IGA Regional Director for North Africa*
INRA – Regional Center of Tangier
This article was edited in collaboration with Francisco de Asís Ruiz Morales, IGA Regional Director for Western Europe, and translated by Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, IGA Secretary-Treasurer.
With an estimated number of 8 million heads in the 70s, the Morocco goat sector currently numbers 6.2 million animals. This significant drop in number is due to the years of drought that the country experienced during the 1980s, but also to the abandonment of this activity towards other more profitable agricultural activities.
Country Representative for India
Mamta is a veterinarian with over 20 years of varied experience ranging from international organizations like GALVmed, South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme (FAO and National Dairy Development Board of India joint programme), Animal Husbandry Department of Rajasthan, and various animal welfare organizations.
Written by Yoko Tsukahara, IGA Board member
The Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG2018) was held at Amity University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India on Oct. 22-26, 2018. The theme entitled “Current Challenges in Goat Industry and the Strategies to Combat in Asia Region.” A total of 287 researchers, professors, and producers from 14 countries including, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, and the USA attended the meeting. The scientific program included keynote addresses, expert talks, oral and poster presentations, and brainstorming and valedictory sessions. The participants enjoyed a warm traditional welcome during the technical tour at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute which produces and conducts research on pure Sirohi goats, varieties of sheep and rabbit breeds, veterinary medical plants, and so on.
Hello, goat lovers throughout the world!
I was appointed Country Representative (CR) of the International Goat Association for Japan in May 2018. Goat raising has become fashionable in recent years in my country, although the population of goats is only around 20,000. Goat keepers raise goats not only for dairy and meat purposes but also for weeding, education, companion animals, etc. Nonetheless, goat raising in Japan is facing some issues.
One of these issues is to establish a feeding standard for goats raised in Japan. As Japanese standards for nutrient requirements of goats do not exist at present, goat keepers have been using the nutrient requirement tables published by the National Research Council (NRC) for feeding goats. The NRC requirements, however, sometimes do not seem to fit Japanese goat conditions. The Japan Goat Network, the only national organization for goat lovers in Japan, has initiated collecting references and is in the process of creating a temporary feeding standard. Complete feeding standards will be established for goats in Japan in the near future.
Country Representative for Japan
Yoshi is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Meijo University. He is the Country Coordinator for the Asian Australasian Dairy Goat Network and the current Secretariat for the Japan Goat Network. Yoshi is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries.
Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon
Secretary of Agricultural Development
Regional Center for Livestock Development Vallecillo
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT
Goats are a resource of great importance for the inhabitants of the rural environment of our country, due to their current use and their characteristics of great adaptability and good rusticity. In this context, the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, through the Ministry of Agricultural Development, is pleased to invite you to the Goat Production Workshop – UANL 2018, which will be held in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine located on the Campus of Agricultural Sciences, Municipality of Escobedo on November 8 and 9, 2018.
Present the advances in the management, production and utilization of goats, as well as promote the exchange of experiences related to production and transformation of their products and by-products.
8 y 9 de Noviembre del 2018
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Secretaria de Desarrollo Agropecuario
Centro Regional de Fomento Ganadero Vallecillo
DESCRIPCIÓN DEL EVENTO
El ganado caprino es un recurso de gran importancia para los habitantes del medio rural de nuestro país, debido a su aprovechamiento actual y a sus características como una especie de gran adaptabilidad y buena rusticidad. En este contexto, la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, a través de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Agropecuario, se complacen en invitarlos al Workshop Producción Caprina – UANL 2018, el cuál se realiza-rá en el Auditorio de la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria ubicado en el Campus de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Municipio de Escobedo los días 8 y 9 de noviembre de 2018.
Dar a conocer los avances existentes en el manejo, producción y aprove-chamiento del ganado caprino, así como propiciar el intercambio de expe-riencias relacionadas producción y transformación de sus productos y subproductos.
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.