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 2018 IGA Achievement Award recipients are Emilia Bagnicka (RD for Eastern Europe) and Clara Viviana Rúa Bustamante (CR for Colombia).
Additionally, we would like to thank the other Country Representatives, Regional Directors, and members who helped make 2018 such a wonderful success.
By Juan Capote, IGA Past-President & Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, IGA Secretary-Treasurer
In August 2018, Juan Capote as IGA Past-President, Herve Hoste as IGA Board Member, Zaisen Wang as IGA Member from Langston University and Jean-Marie Luginbuhl as IGA Secretary-Treasurer participated and made oral presentations at the 2018 Chinese National Sheep and Goat Conference held in Bengbu 15-18 August. We had been invited by Dr. Yingjie Zhang, president of the Chinese Sheep and Goat Association, IGA Board Member and Professor and Dean from the Agricultural University of Hebei. In addition to the scientific presentations, the attendees visited two sheep farms. Unfortunately, typhoon Rumbia passed through Bengbu during the conference and drenched the region with heavy rains accompanied by strong wind gusts. While at the meeting, we interacted with Dr. Luo Jun, IGA Regional Director from Northwest A&F University.
Following the National Sheep and Goat Conference, Juan Capote and Jean-Marie Luginbuhl traveled to Fuping, in the province of Shaanxi, to attend and participate at the 2nd World Dairy Goat and Sheep Industry Development Conference where they met Dr. Maria Fresno, IGA member from the Canary Islands, Spain and Vicky McLean, IGA Country Representative from New Zealand. The four of us had been invited by Dr. Binyun Cao from Northwest A&F University. Also attending the conference were Dr. Luo Jun, IGA Regional Director from Northwest A&F University and Dr. Sun Haizhou, IGA Country Representative for Northwest China and Inner Mongolia. Maria, Juan, Vicky and myself made presentations during the conference and at several other locations post-conference. In Quianyang, we made presentations in a session for farmers and visited the goat show where the farmers had the best milking goats received a monetary incentive.
While at the conference, we attended a meeting, chaired by Dr. Binuyn Cao, along with conferences attendees from Australia and New Zealand, to discuss the main organizational body structure of the International Dairy Goat/Sheep Industry Association (IDGSIA). The Association was registered in Paris on August 18, 2018. We also visited several dairy goat farms and very modern milk processing plants manufacturing milk powder and became part of a panel ranking powder milk samples according to solubility, color, odor, and flavor.
Jean-Marie Luginbuhl also visited the Animal Science department of Northwest A&F University in Yangling, the university experimental farm, and an animal feed manufacturing plant owned and managed by a Northwest A&F University alumnus. Finally, Jean-Marie made a presentation to Northwest A&F University Animal Science students.
The International Goat Association was proud to participate in a special culinary lecture series through the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College (UAPTC) in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Lucia Sepe, IGA’s Vice-President, presented a wonderful array of six different regional cheeses and wines from France, Italy and the USA on October 11, 2018. Guests and some of the UAPTC staff from the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute learned about different types of cheeses, identified different aromas and flavors, and discussed pairing options.
During the Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG-2018) this year, the International Goat Association presented Dr. Shoor Vir Singh with a Certificate of Recognition for his outstanding service and contributions to IGA, and for efforts to promote goat research and goat keeping in India and around the world.
Dr. Singh served on the IGA Board of Directors for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2016. He also served as the IGA Regional Director for Asia for many years.
Written by Beth Miller, IGA President
The Fourth Asian-Australasian Dairy Goat conference (AADGC 2018) was held at Tra Vinh University, Vietnam with nearly 200 participants from 19 countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The theme was Strengthening Development of Dairy Goat Production Adapting to Climate Change. All the papers are published in the proceedings (ISBN 978-604-9). They are also available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NR-FA1XVARRSWgVbFjvtj47jt-IEnk_A/view.
Dairy goat production is increasing across Asia as farmers take advantage of increased prices for goat milk, and governments search for sustainable agricultural activities in the face of climate change. However, many challenges occur when new farmers take up dairy goat production, especially if they do not have strong livestock or commercial background. Training and technology are two key components of successful dairy goat enterprises, as well as markets and transportation. Key research topics include identification of the genetic merit of locally adapted breeds, and development of new and inexpensive feed resources so dairy goats can reach their genetic potential of milk production.
Written by Yoko Tsukahara, IGA Board member
The Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG2018) was held at Amity University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India on Oct. 22-26, 2018. The theme entitled “Current Challenges in Goat Industry and the Strategies to Combat in Asia Region.” A total of 287 researchers, professors, and producers from 14 countries including, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, and the USA attended the meeting. The scientific program included keynote addresses, expert talks, oral and poster presentations, and brainstorming and valedictory sessions. The participants enjoyed a warm traditional welcome during the technical tour at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute which produces and conducts research on pure Sirohi goats, varieties of sheep and rabbit breeds, veterinary medical plants, and so on.
Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon
Secretary of Agricultural Development
Regional Center for Livestock Development Vallecillo
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT
Goats are a resource of great importance for the inhabitants of the rural environment of our country, due to their current use and their characteristics of great adaptability and good rusticity. In this context, the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, through the Ministry of Agricultural Development, is pleased to invite you to the Goat Production Workshop – UANL 2018, which will be held in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine located on the Campus of Agricultural Sciences, Municipality of Escobedo on November 8 and 9, 2018.
Present the advances in the management, production and utilization of goats, as well as promote the exchange of experiences related to production and transformation of their products and by-products.
8 y 9 de Noviembre del 2018
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Secretaria de Desarrollo Agropecuario
Centro Regional de Fomento Ganadero Vallecillo
DESCRIPCIÓN DEL EVENTO
El ganado caprino es un recurso de gran importancia para los habitantes del medio rural de nuestro país, debido a su aprovechamiento actual y a sus características como una especie de gran adaptabilidad y buena rusticidad. En este contexto, la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, a través de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Agropecuario, se complacen en invitarlos al Workshop Producción Caprina – UANL 2018, el cuál se realiza-rá en el Auditorio de la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria ubicado en el Campus de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Municipio de Escobedo los días 8 y 9 de noviembre de 2018.
Dar a conocer los avances existentes en el manejo, producción y aprove-chamiento del ganado caprino, así como propiciar el intercambio de expe-riencias relacionadas producción y transformación de sus productos y subproductos.
September 16-18, 2018
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
“Building Towards a Sustainable Future via a Healthy and Profitable Goat Industry”
Presented by the National Goat Consortium – An Initiative of the 1890 Land Grant System
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.