February 2 at 7 pm, 2022, NC State Sheep and Goat Extension, USA
This webinar will explore the importance of record keeping and recording keeping systems for small ruminants.
Join the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Team and Rafael Bravo, sheep producer in Polk county, to discuss the importance of record keeping on small ruminant operations and practical ways to implement record keeping systems. Learn how records can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in a flock, establish goals and priorities, and make management decisions.
Farm Ready Research is Extension’s agriculture winter webinar meeting series for farmers and ag professionals. Learn the most up-to-date information on topics from dairy and livestock production to forage and farm management.
Tuesday, January 11, 7:30-8:30pm
A new year, a new ewe perspective
Todd Taylor, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sheep Research Program Manager for the Arlington Agricultural Research Station Sheep Unit, will discuss the most complex sheep on the farm, the ewe. As the ewe moves through the production cycle, her needs change. Join Todd as he covers productive ewe management during a typical year to maintain her useful contribution as part of the flock for many years.
Tuesday, February 8, 7:30-8:30pm
Strategic and cost-effective mineral nutrition in sheep
Dr. Whit Stewart, Assistant Professor and Extension Sheep Specialist for the University of Wyoming, will discuss the factors that help producers achieve more returns from their mineral nutrition program. Accounting for seasonal changes in mineral content of basal diets, changes in requirements across stages of production (maintenance to lactation), and breed differences in mineral requirements can help us fine-tune the money spent on a mineral program. Additional management factors such as reducing variable consumption and using soil geochemistry in your region to help overcome deficiencies will also be discussed. Time for questions and answers will be provided.
Dr. Paula Menzies presentation – Small Ruminant Production and Health as a Social and Economic Buffer Against Climate Shock
PreCOP 26 Side Event “All4Climate-Italy 2021” – October 1, 2021
Pre-COP26 webinar showcases the Peste des petits ruminants Global Eradication Programme as an enabler of climate resilience
Goats of the World and World of Goats - Emerging from the Shadow of COVID-19
Our recent virtual conference was a wonderful success with many great presentations. Sándor Kukovics and his wonderful team recorded the conference and now the videos of each presentation are available online for IGA members to watch.
Thank you for being an IGA member.
2021 Letter from the President
Dear IGA members,
On November 16th, the IGA held a virtual conference, “Goats of the World and World of Goats,” where the newly elected IGA Board of Directors was presented, and a new term in our association began.
The main goal of this new Board of Directors, similarly to the previous one, is to make IGA stronger, follow the IGA mission and vision, share knowledge, research, and experience, and promote prosperity around the world. The Regional Directors (RD), Country Representatives (CR), and all our members play a crucial role in accomplishing these objectives. During the last term (2016-2021), under the excellent leadership of Dr. Beth Miller, essential improvements were achieved, such as the increased international visibility of IGA and the website (https://www.iga-goatworld.com) being more dynamic and continuously updated. Additionally, the new strategic plan (2018-2030) and the guidelines to help when planning International or Regional Conferences (Conference planning information) were approved. I want to thank the committee members involved in those tasks, chaired by Dr. Davinia Sánchez and Dr. Lucia Sepe, who did excellent work.
IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Asia-Pacific – Goat Meat – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.
The Asia-Pacific goat meat market expanded rapidly to $30.1B in 2019, growing by 9.9% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers’ margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). The total market indicated a prominent expansion from 2007 to 2019: its value increased at an average annual rate of +1.8% over the last twelve-year period. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2019 figures, consumption increased by +56.7% against 2014 indices. The level of consumption peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in years to come.
Professor Christopher D. Lu, Chair of IGA’s Membership Committee, member of the IGA Advisory Board, and former President of IGA recently completed an accreditation assignment by invitation from the Senior College and University Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is a regional accrediting agency for colleges and universities awarding bachelor’s degrees or more advanced degrees. WSCUC accredits institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific, and many outside the USA. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes WSCUC as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in several programs, including student access to federal financial aid. As stated in its web page, “ WSCUC pursues excellence and innovation. With equity at its core—success for all students—WSCUC pursues excellence through rigorous accreditation standards applied flexibly, empowering all its member institutions to achieve their missions.” This assignment was Dr. Lu’s third time serving on the accreditation team since his role as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Updated Goat Dewormer Chart
from the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control
Drug resistance to multiple drugs and sometimes to all available drugs in parasites of goats is extremely common. In order to deliver effective treatments to their animals, it is recommended that producers learn which dewormers still work on their farms by doing fecal egg count reduction tests (FECRT, comparing before and after fecal egg counts) or having a DrenchRite® larval development assay (LDA) done. Several land grant universities now offer low cost ($5/sample) fecal egg counting for this purpose. For more information, go to https://www.wormx.info/lowcostfec. For information about the cost and availability of the DrenchRite test, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To improve the effectiveness of deworming treatments, it is now recommended that goats be given combination treatments. A combination treatment is when you give drugs from different classes to the same animal at the same time. It is important not to mix the different drugs together as they are not chemically compatible. They should be given separately, but can all be given at the same time, one right after the other. It is always recommended to treat goats selectively given their individual need for treatment based on FAMACHA© score and/or the Five Point Check©. Sometimes performance (ADG, milk production, litter size) is used as a criterion for deworming. This recommendation is even more important when using drugs in combination. If all animals in the herd are treated, resistance to the dewormers will develop rapidly, and if using a combination, there will be nothing left to use when this happens. Go to wormx.info for more information on drug choice and drug resistance.
This chart was originally developed by Ray M. Kaplan, DVM, PhD, DACVM, DEVPC (University of Georgia) with subsequent contributions by Patty Scharko DVM, MPH (Clemson University). It was last updated October 2021 by Michael Pesato DVM DABVP (Mississippi State University).
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.