We would like to invite you to the European Regional Conference on Goats 2014, a cross-border conference to be held in Debrecen (Hungary) and Oradea (Nagyvárad, Romania) from 8 to 11 April 2014!
The goat sector in Central and Eastern Europe is very diverse regarding types of breeds, production systems and numbers of animals. Each region has its own indigenous breeds with unique characteristics – however, they also share many similarities. Exotic / international breeds (i.e. Saanen, Alpine, Nubian, Boer, etc.) also play an increasingly important role in these countries.
Some of these goat breeds are utilised for meat production, however, the major proportion of animals are used for milk production. There is great variation in production systems, including traditional, industrial, conventional and ecological types. Herd sizes range between a couple of animals to hundreds of goats, although very few farms have more than a thousand animals.
The efficiency and sustainability of goat farming remain key issues that affect the broader population and should be examined from various perspectives. Questions about animal health and welfare, the impact of goats on the environment (including emission of greenhouse gases) should be investigated as well. The close relationship between consuming goat products and healthy human nutrition is well known among scientists. However, marketing campaigns are needed to draw the attention of the different consumer groups to this fact.
These exciting topics inspired Hungarian scientists to organise a regional conference on goats in close co-operation with Romanian scientists. The International Goat Association has offered significant assistance to attain this vision. Thus we are pleased to announce the conference as a Regional IGA Conference.
The event will take place in Debrecen (Hungary) and Oradea (Nagyvárad, Romania). The cross-border conference offers an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow scientists, up-date your professional knowledge and establish collaboration with international partners.
We hope that the delegates will get a taste of lowland and highland goat husbandry, sample the variety of goat products that we have both in Hungary and Romania, and experience the hospitality of the two host nations.
Click here for the preliminary program and additional information (or visit www.ercg2014.org ).
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.