Written by Héctor Mario Andrade Montemayor, IGA Regional Director for México, Central America and Caribbean
In May 2013, several activities were carried out related to various aspects of goat production in Mexico.
The first event carried out from May 16-19 was sweet goat milk sweet (Cajeta) and goat cheese fair held in Celaya, Guanajuato. The fair was attended by Juan Capote (President of IGA), Irma Celi (IGA country representative for Peru), Hector Andrade Montemayor (IGA Regional Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean), Juan Vicente Delgado Bermejo (Technical Director, Selection Program for Murciano-Granadian Goats in Spain), Javier Hernandez Pleguezuelos (Executive Secretary of the Association of Murciano-Granadino Goats [CAPRIGRAN] in Spain), Juan Manuel Micheo Puig (Executive Secretary of the Spanish Association of Malageña Goat Breeders in Spain), Sergio Alvarez (Researcher from the Canary Islands Institute of Agricultural Research), Felipe Torres Acosta (IGA Board Member and researcher from the Autonomous University of Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico) and José Alberto Delgadillo (Researcher in goat reproduction from the Autonomous Agrarian University Antonio Narro in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico).
International goat symposium
There were twelve technical presentations in the areas of reproduction, gastrointestinal parasite control, genetic selection, nutrition, goat development in Peru, and one lecture about IGA and IGA programs in international development. After the inauguration, the fair began with the national meeting on breeds and goat products with representatives from national producers associations and technicians, national and state government representatives, and national and Latin-American producers (Guatemala and Cuba). The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the national problems of goat producers, goat development projects and programs such as disease control, genetic selection, nutrition and reproduction, as well as government programs to support in-country development of the goat industry.
Written by Stephan Wildeus, IGA Regional Director for USA, Canada & Puerto Rico.
Four national main goat events were held in the U.S. in 2013.
The American Dairy Goat Association Conference and Annual Convention, an eight-day event held in Asheville, NC. Shows and workshops were held during the convention. The IGA Secretary-Treasurer gave a workshop on “Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control and FAMACHA Certification” and another on ‘Forages for Meat Goats”, and the official IGA poster, membership applications and ERCG2014 were displayed. The IGA secretary-treasurer also spoke briefly at one of the board meetings, describing IGA activities and thanking the American Dairy Goat Association for their sustained institutional financial support.
The 10th Anniversary of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control at Fort Valley State University, GA. This Integrated Parasite Management/Train-the-Trainer Conference educates stakeholders in the small ruminant industry on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for gastrointestinal parasite control as well as providing training and certification in Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Management. Three IGA board members (Felipe Torres Acosta, Hervé Hoste and Jean-Marie Luginbuhl) are also members of the American Consortium and made oral presentations.
The Japan Goat Network held the 15th Japan Goat Summit in Shobara City, Hiroshima on October 11-13, 2013. The Summit was entitled “Expansion of Goat Production for 6th Industrialization.” A total of 340 participants were present even though the location was 2.5 hrs away from the Hiroshima station.
Recently, people engaged in primary industries such as fishing and farming have started processing and marketing their products to improve income by adding value to the commodities, which they call “the 6th industrialization.”
The annual Summit this year introduced people from the 6th industry who cooperate with related enterprises in adjacent areas. Their activities include “education and rural development” and “activation of rural area” through goats and goat products. They are also trying to co-exist with beautiful natural environments and wild animals.
The abstracts from our recent regional conference in Norway are now available. There are 54 pages of great material to read through so download your copy soon.
You can learn more about the conference and download a copy of the abstracts at: http://www.iga-goatworld.com/2013-iga-regional-conference-norway.html
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