The 2018 Chinese Sheep and Goat Production and Academic Conference will be held in Bengbu, Anhui province on August 15-19th, 2018. Bengbu means “Oyster Wharf” in Chinese, it is crowned as the “Pearl City” for its abundant resources of clams and pearls.
Chinese Sheep and Goat Association
International Goat Association and People’s Government of Guzhen
Invitation to attend the Asian Regional Conference on Goats, Amity University, Jaipur (India), October 22-26, 2018
Dear IGA members,
Greetings from International Goat Association! We are pleased to inform you that the IGA is supporting the Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG-2018) organized by Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur (India) on Oct. 22-26, 2018. We extend a very warm invitation for you to attend this conference and to share your experiences with other goat experts, producers and enthusiasts.
Detailed information about the conference is available at www.amity.edu/arcg2018, where you can register online and submit an abstract. Early bird registration is available through August 31, 2018. You may also directly contact the local organizers:
Dr. Jagdip Singh Sohal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. G. K. Aseri (email@example.com)
Chairman Organizing Committee
We look forward to seeing you in India!
IGA President Beth Miller and Board Member Paula Menzies attended the launch of the the Peste des petits ruminants Global Research and Expertise Network (PPR-GREN) in Vienna Austria from 17-19 April 2018. The PPR-GREN network was established and endorsed in 2015 to support a global strategy to eradicate PPR. Dr. Menzies also serves as co-chair of the PPR GEP Advisory Board.
Peste des petits ruminants, (PPR) was first identified in Côte d’Ivoire in 1942 but has continued to spread at an alarming rate affecting more than 70 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East. Over 80 percent of the world’s sheep and goat populations are at risk causing annual economic losses of up to USD 2.1 billion (OIE).
The PPR-GREN network, spearheaded by FAO and OIE, has been tasked with promoting and initiating an integrated, comprehensive research and expertise network that builds on synergies to eliminate the threat of PPR. The elimination of this disease will improve the livelihoods, food security, and health of people nationally, regionally and globally.
Deadline June 1, 2018
We invite you to participate in the 3rd National Goat Conference by submitting an abstract and presenting a poster. This conference is hosted by Tuskegee University and held in Montgomery, AL, September 16–18, 2018. To submit abstracts please go to https://www.ext.vsu.edu/ngc-2018-abstracts/ for the online submission form.
Dear researchers, colleagues, and stakeholders in animal production- veterinary medicine, agriculture, environment, and economic.
The conference theme is Strengthening Development of Dairy Goat Production Adapting to Climate Change. This conference will be a forum for collaboration between scientists, managers, educators, national and international experts and enterprises to share experiences, research results, management, husbandry, veterinary and business for promoting the development of dairy goats for milk and meat and climate change adaptation in Vietnam and the world.
Small Ruminant Research Summaries
AASRP Meeting at 51st AABP Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 14, 2018
The 51st AABP Annual Conference will feature a scientific session focused on small ruminant research applicable to the health, welfare and productivity of goats, sheep, camelids or farmed deer. Research projects having direct application to small ruminant practitioners are being sought for the Oral Session on Friday, September 14. Each presentation should be limited to 15 minutes. Faculty, graduate students, practitioners or veterinary students are urged to share information with practitioners.
Goats were among the first farm animals to be domesticated. Goats disseminated all over the world because of their great adaptability to varying environmental conditions and the different nutritional regimes under which they were evolved and subsequently maintained. The global goat population currently stands at 921 million, of which over 90% are found in developing countries. Asia is home to about 60% of the total world goat population and has the largest goat breed share of 26%. India is the second largest producer of the goats. Central Institute for Research on Goats (CIRG) in India is Asia’s only institute dedicated to Goat Research. Asia contributes approximately 59% to world goat milk production and India is the largest producer of the goat milk. Rajasthan state of India has the second highest population of goats after Andhra Pradesh and has two renowned research institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute, Central Arid Zone Research Institute) are executing R & D beside promoting goat-based animal husbandry in the country.
Written by Chelsea Kellner
For more than a decade, Professor Charlotte Farin and the NC State Haiti Goat Project have joined the country’s struggle against rampant childhood malnutrition: the project provides high-protein lunch supplements to rural schools while working to improve the genetic stock of local goat herds.
Now they plan to expand, doubling the number of protein-rich meals provided to schools each month.
It’s a success story uniting agricultural know-how and academic data with the passion of local residents to help improve living conditions in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
“We have a responsibility to help other people. That’s what this grew from,” Farin said. “Agriculture built the United States, and it’s a beautiful vehicle for helping build other societies as well.”
Presented by North Carolina State University
August 6-8, 2018
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.
Who Would Benefit:
Livestock agents, Producers, Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, International Agriculture Workers, Animal Science and Veterinary Science Students
Continuing Education Credit:
15 AVMA CE hours available for qualified individuals (AVMA Event ID# To Be Announced)
$600 (early bird); $650 after July 10, 2018
All registrations must be completed online: www.cals.ncsu.edu/ncsugoatAI/
Registration Fees Include:
Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, boxed lunches for Monday and Tuesday, manual, parking passes for personal vehicles for all course venues. All supplies for working with the animals and AI practice will be provided. Barn boots and coveralls will also be provided. Visa letters available upon request. For more information, contact course coordinator.
Course Dates and Times:
Monday, August 6, 2018 (8:30am-5:00pm; AM Lectures with PM Laboratory Practice Session)
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (8:30am-5:00pm); AM Laboratory Practice Session & PM Laboratory Practice Session)
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 (8:30am-noon; AM Laboratory Practice Session)
Dr. Charlotte Farin (Char_Farin@ncsu.edu)
For Course Information and Online Course Registration, go to our website at:
National Goat Conference, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
September 16-18, 2018
Message from the Chair
On behalf of the National Goat Consortium planning committee, it is a pleasure to announce the third National Goat Conference. This conference will be held at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama on September 16th -18th, 2018. The conference was first held at Florida A&M University in 2010 and North Carolina A&T University in 2013. Both events had attendance well over 400 participants. Building on previous successes of the National Goat Conference we will continue to provide the following:
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.