Recognition of IGA’s Most Active CRs and RDs
As part of a new initiative, the International Goat Association wishes to officially recognize the most active Country Representatives (CR) and Regional Directors (RD). RDs and CRs are a very important part of IGA, and we greatly appreciate all that they do: promoting IGA and our International Conference on Goats, organizing in-country and regional conferences, soliciting new members, preparing country reports for IGA’s Newsletter, etc.
The Regional Director & Country Representative Committee recently selected the individuals who have done an outstanding job representing IGA in their region or country during the past year, and we wish to congratulate them for their involvement and successes.
The 2017 IGA Achievement Award recipients are Jackie Dunham, CR Canada; Venus Appel, CR Colombia; Héctor Mario Andrade-Montemayor, RD Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; and Francisco de Asís Ruiz Morales, RD western Europe.
Written by Emilia Bagnicka, IGA Regional Director for Eastern Europe
Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Polish Academy of Sciences in Jastrzebiec, Poland
I attended two conferences as IGA Country Representative* in 2017.
Board members of the International Goat Association (IGA) attended the 2017 National Symposium on Sheep and Goat and the 7th Member Meeting of Sheep and Goat Branch of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine from August 18 to 21, 2017 at Shijiazhuang, China. A total of 14 Board members, the Executive Director, and members of the advisory board from different areas of the world met together to discuss further development of the Association. Great appreciation was expressed to Dr. Yingjie Zhang, Professor of the Agricultural University of Hebei, President of the Sheep and Goat Branch of the Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, and his student Ms. Xuejiao Yin for their dedication to organizing the trip.
The 19th Japan National Goat Summit was held in Minokamo City, Gifu on November 3 - 4, 2017. The theme of the Summit was “Feel, Learn, Work, Connect, and Create through Goats.”
Written by Juan Capote, IGA past president
In 2016, Beth Miller as IGA president and I were invited by Prof. Binyun Cao from Northwest A&F University to participate the following year in a conference concerning the dairy goat industry. Beth Miller could not attend due to scheduling conflicts, so I went as IGA representative and also as Honorary President of the conference Organizing Committee. The conference, titled “The International Conference of Dairy Goat Industry Development & International Symposium on Dairy Goat Industry Technology” took place on October 10 to 12, 2017 in Quianxian, Shaanxi province. During this trip, I visited three large factories: one just completed, another one in construction and another one in the planning stages. It was my 6th visit to China as an IGA officer. In addition, I had been the guide of a Chinese delegation who visited Spain in 2015.
XXIX Mexico National Conference on Goat Production
When: October 11-13, 2017
Where: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Cuautitlan, Mexico – National Autonomous University of Mexico, Cuautitlan, Mexico
Promover la difusión de la investigación en el área de la caprinocultura y la actualización e intercambio de conocimientos entre profesionistas, estudiantes y personas relacionadas con la producción caprina.
To promote the dissemination of research in the area of goat production and the updating and exchange of knowledge among professionals, students and people involved in goat production.
August 7-9, 2017
A short course from NC State University
This 3-day short course is designed to provide participants with both theoretical background and significant opportunity for hands-on practice needed to facilitate the adoption of artificial insemination into their goat breeding programs. With the use of improved transcervical AI breeding techniques for goats, pregnancy rates comparable to those routinely achieved for AI in cattle are now possible. This short course will consist of an initial series of lectures on Monday morning coupled with four hands-on practice sessions (Monday pm, Tuesday am & pm, and Wednesday am). Lecture topics will include anatomy & physiology of the female reproductive tract, estrous & ovulation synchronization, AI breeding techniques (standard and improved), and the use of frozen semen for AI.
The 18th JSGS Meeting
The 18th Japanese Society of Goat Science (JSGS) Meeting will take place on March 27, 2017 at the Faculty of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.
Registration for presenters ends February 28, 2017; please submit your
Dear IGA members,
We wanted to let you know of an upcoming change in our membership policy. As you know, over the past few years we have made some valuable changes and added a lot of new benefits for IGA members.
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.