First, I would like to thank the host organization and the people of Nepal for your warm welcome and hospitality. You are genuinely lovely people, and I appreciate your sincerity and friendship. Congratulations go to the Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries at the Agriculture and Forestry University for a successful conference.
Comparing to the outcomes of the Conference and the efforts to elevate the importance of goats as a species that can alleviate poverty, and improve food security and nutrition, our little inconvenience during the very long-distance traveling becomes so trivial. Just like the goal of increasing production efficiency of goats, quality is far more important than quantity.
I understand that there are many conferences to be hosted by the University in the near future, I encourage the university to engage in a thought process to focus more on the quality of scientific programs, more participation by the students and faculty, and a smoother logistic arrangement.
The first SMARTER annual meeting will be held in Edinburgh from 26th to 27th November 2019. One year after the start of the project, the meeting will aim to take stock of the work done during the first year, discuss the first results obtained and plan the actions to be carried out for the future.
Stakeholders meetings and farm visits are planned from 28th to 29th November 2019.
Did you know that IGA is part of the SMARTER Stakeholder Committee?
Read more about it here.
What is SMARTER?
SMARTER stands for SMAll RuminanTs breeding for Efficiency and Resilience.
Considering the high importance of sheep and goats for the livelihood of the small farmers, and considering that Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), an important infectious disease and killer of those animals, has dramatically spread as of mid- year 2000 to reach more than 70 countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) launched the PPR Global Control and Eradication Strategy (PPR-GCES), taking lessons from the success of the Global Rinderpest Eradication that was achieved officially in 2011. Additionally, it has been recognized in recent years that PPR could also affects wild ruminant populations, impacting biodiversity conservation. The PPR-GCES, which aims to eradicate PPR by 2030, was endorsed by participants at the International Conference on PPR organized in April 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The PPR-GCES is being implemented through the PPR Global Eradication Programme (PPR GEP) coordinated at the global level by the Joint FAO/OIE PPR Secretariat which was established in March 2016. To assist and advise the Secretariat, an Advisory Committee was established in June 2017. In addition to the Secretariat and the Advisory Committee, a third governance structure was foreseen in PPR-GCES: the Global Research and Expertise Network (PPR-GREN) which is expected to be a forum for scientific and technical consultations/discussions. Indeed, although excellent vaccines and disease diagnostic tests exist currently for immediate and effective implementation of PPR eradication programme (s), the need to encourage and support PPR research activities which results might help in refining PPR eradication programme (s) for better efficiency and for speeding up the course of the campaigns was foreseen in the PPR-GCES.
V annual meeting of the Latin American Research Network on Mastitis (RELIM), November 25, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dear colleagues and friends
We are already in the countdown to start the V annual meeting of the Latin American Mastitis Research Network (RELIM) on November 25 at our Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the National University of La Plata, Argentina.
For this purpose, I enclose Circular No. 10 with the latest developments in PDF format.
We wait for you next November 25 in La Plata!!!
Prof. Dr. Nora Mestorino
RELIM Coordinator 2019
Chair of Special Pharmacology and Toxicology
Laboratory Director of
Pharmacological and Toxicological Studies -LEFyT-
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
National University of La Plata
+54 221 4236663 int 406
V reunión anual de la Red Latinoamericana de Investigación en Mastitis (RELIM), 25 de Noviembre, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Estimados colegas y amigos
Ya estamos en la cuenta regresiva para dar inicio a la V reunión anual de la Red Latinoamericana de Investigación en Mastitis (RELIM) el próximo 25 de Noviembre en nuestra Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
A tal efecto les adjunto la Circular N°10 con las últimas novedades en formato PDF.
Los esperamos el próximo 25 de noviembre en La Plata!!!
Prof. Dra. Nora Mestorino
Coordinadora RELIM 2019
Cátedra de Farmacología Especial y Toxicología
Directora Laboratorio de
Estudios Farmacológicos y Toxicológicos -LEFyT-
Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
+54 221 4236663 int 406
My name is Holly Vickery, and I am a PhD student at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
There is currently very little information on management systems for goats worldwide, and even less which focuses explicitly on the husbandry of kids that are reared artificially (away from their mothers).
My research is looking at how we can improve the welfare and productivity of artificially reared goat kids with a focus on milk feeding and weaning methods.
It is important to me that my research can be used to inform practice on-farm and is therefore essential that results are feasible for farmers to implement. This questionnaire aims to understand what practices are currently used on-farm and identify areas in which changes could be made.
There is no geographical limit on this survey, so wherever you are – if you’re artificially rearing goat kids, you are able to participate!
The survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time to complete.
Please participate in my survey if you’re able to https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/questionnaire-to-identify-methods-used-to-artificially-rea
Written by Abdulhamid Karimi*, Nader Papi**, Farhad Mirzaei**
* Animal Science Department, Fars Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, AREEO, Shiraz, Iran
** Animal Science Research Institute of Iran, Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Tehran, Iran
History of Abadeh Cashmere goat breeding in the province
The history of breeding Abadeh Cashmere goats is not well known. Livestock (sheep, goats) rearing is an essential job for people in Abadeh and Bavanat cities. They produce thousands of tons of meat, a wide variety of dairy products, as well as cashmere and goat hair every year.
Geographic distribution areas
Abadeh Cashmere goat are distributed in Fars province in Abadeh and some parts Bavanat.
The 3rd edition of the Indigenous Goat Production Handbook is available. This book aims to assist owners of indigenous goats with semi-intensive and extensive farming systems. It looks at ways to improve the productivity of their herds and start commercializing. This edition contains an expanded section on internal parasites, specifically worms, innovations that have been carried out with farmers in South Africa such as goat dips and kid enclosures, and the results of lessons learned since the last edition. The book is part of an ongoing collaboration of the KwaZulu Natal Goat Agribusiness Project with HPSA, Mdukatshani, and the South African government and vets.
For more information on the project visit www.gapkzn.co.za.
Or contact Marisia Geraci, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Marisia Geraci, IGA Country Representative for South Africa.
Months before fires surrounded the Reagan Library, 500 goats helped to clear brush and created a fire break. This gap helped firefighters in late October as they struggled to protect the priceless collection.
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