Virtual Meeting – International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health, June 28 to July 2, 2021
Announcement and Call for Papers
The International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health – Current Status and Way Forward, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will draw on lessons learned and current best practices to provide a roadmap for the sustainable improvement of animal production whilst protecting the environment. The focus of the symposium will be on the contributions and impact of nuclear technologies and applications.
The purpose of the symposium is:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainties regarding vaccination, the Organizing Committee, in close consultation with the Scientific Committee and the IGA Board of Directors, has decided to postpone the 13th International Conference on Goats. The conference is now scheduled for September 18-23, 2022. The venue will remain the same: Hotel Eger & Park, Eger, Hungary.
Our primary concern is to guarantee everyone’s health and ensure a high level of attendance from around the world.
The conference planning was well underway, with 10 confirmed invited speakers, seven sessions, five roundtables, and six workshops scheduled to take place over the four days. The program will include the first-ever international goat milk products contest, a full-day technical tour, and several wonderful social programs.
Conference organizers are working to ensure the program will be informative for all participants. We sincerely hope that it will be possible to organize a face-to-face international conference in 2022.
Please follow the conference homepage for the latest news!
I look forward to seeing you in Hungary!
Dear IGA Friends and Family,
I am delighted to announce that we have adopted a new logo and will be updating the IGA website to give it a fresh new look!
The updated website will be more engaging and more straightforward to navigate and serve us well for many years. You will see changes happen on our website throughout October. Please join me in thanking Christian De Vries for the beautiful design and improved functionality of our website.
We also wish to thank Evans Torres for assisting us with the IGA website redesign and for our excellent new logo. To learn more about Evans, click here.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, so we hope that this news will be a bright spot in a challenging year.
We believe IGA will be well-positioned to be the leader on all goat related activities in the post-COVID world.
Beth A. Miller, DVM
International Goat Association
Recognition of IGA’s Most Active CRs and RDs
Every year the International Goat Association officially recognizes the most active Regional Directors (RD) and Country Representatives (CR). RDs and CRs are an essential part of IGA, and we sincerely grateful for 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. We wish to congratulate them for their involvement and successes.
The 2019 IGA Achievement Award recipients are Hector Mario Andrade-Montemayor (RD for Mexico, Caribbean & Central America) and Farhad Mirzaei (CR for Iran).
With also wish to give an honorable mention and special thanks to:
We appreciate all our Country Representatives, Regional Directors, and you, our wonderful members. Thank you for making 2019 an excellent year for IGA.
On behalf of the 5th AADGC 2020 organizing committee, we would like to inform you that due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The AADGC board and the 5th AADGC 2020 organizing committee have unanimously decided to postpone the event to another date, which has not been decided yet. We have monitored the COVID-19 situation for the best time to have a great success and safe for the conference and all participants, respectively.
We also apologize for any inconvenience caused by postponing the conference and hope to see all of you at this important international event to celebrate all together.
The Organizing Secretary will contact all parties involved (Speakers, Sponsors & Exhibitors, Delegates, Poster Presenters, and others) with further information.
Take care and best regards.
Visit the AADGC website for more information, http://aadgc2020.com.
The 3rd edition of the Indigenous Goat Production Handbook is available. This book aims to assist owners of indigenous goats with semi-intensive and extensive farming systems. It looks at ways to improve the productivity of their herds and start commercializing. This edition contains an expanded section on internal parasites, specifically worms, innovations that have been carried out with farmers in South Africa such as goat dips and kid enclosures, and the results of lessons learned since the last edition. The book is part of an ongoing collaboration of the KwaZulu Natal Goat Agribusiness Project with HPSA, Mdukatshani, and the South African government and vets.
For more information on the project visit www.gapkzn.co.za.
Or contact Marisia Geraci, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Marisia Geraci, IGA Country Representative for South Africa.
Edited by Sándor Kukovics
Széchenyi István University of Sciences
Goat science covers quite a wide range and varieties of topics, from genetics and breeding, via nutrition, production systems, reproduction, milk and meat production, animal health and parasitism, etc., up to the effects of goat products on human health. In this book, several parts of them are presented within 18 different chapters. Molecular genetics and genetic improvement of goats are the new approaches of goat development. Several factors affect the passage rate of digesta in goats, but for diet properties, goats are similar to other ruminants. Iodine deficiency in goats could be dangerous. Assisted reproduction techniques have similar importance in goats like in other ruminants. Milk and meat production traits of goats are almost equally important and have significant positive impacts on human health. Many factors affect the health of goats, heat stress being of increasing importance. Production systems could modify all of the abovementioned characteristics of goats.
You can download each chapter at IntechOpen, https://www.intechopen.com/books/goat-science.
The IGA Board of Directors is pleased to announce two great new Country Representatives (CR) and a wonderful new Regional Director (RD). They have each demonstrated their commitment to IGA and knowledge of the goat sector.
These recently elected Country Representatives are María Eva Muñoz Mejías (Spain) and Jon Chirisa (Zimbabwe). The new Regional Director is Dr. Juan Boo Liang.
IGA is pleased to join the SMARTER Stakeholder Committee, to provide insight and feedback from the new “Small Ruminant Breeding for Efficiency and Resilience.” It is a new European and international initiative funded by the EU that will use genomic selection across countries. It will make selection for traits conferring efficiency and resilience both faster and more efficient. SMARTER will also characterize the phenotype and genome of traditional and underutilized breeds. Finally, SMARTER will propose new breeding strategies that utilize these traits and trade-offs and balance economic, social and environmental challenges.
Please visit the SMARTER website, and sign up for the free newsletter: https://www.smarterproject.eu/
Beth A. Miller, DVM
President, International Goat Association
Check out the Latvian Goat Society’s beautiful new website, http://www.latkaza.lv/.
Learn more about the Latvian Goat Society and what they do, read this great profile,
Announcement - Latvian Goat Society (Latvijas Kazkopības Biedrība) joins IGA.
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.