Former Director of Heifer China
I am sad to send this message out. Dr. Pu Jiabi, former Country Director for Heifer China, and IGA Board member, passed away peacefully last Saturday, June 4th, at 94. He was cremated, and his family held a brief funeral ceremony. I expressed our respect and made a memorial speech at the ceremony.
Dr. Pu worked as a breeding expert in the Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Animal Husbandry in China for about 40 years. He made significant contributions to breeding and improving livestock and poultry in Sichuan. In 1984, Dr. Pu visited Heifer International as a Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Animal Husbandry delegation member. He then submitted some project proposals, of which three were approved for funding by Heifer.
We want to thank all our members who voted during our recent election. The ballot contained an excellent group of candidates. We are proud to announce the results to our members first. The IGA Board of Directors for 2021 to 2026 will be:
During a recent virtual meeting, the new Board met and elected:
The new Board appointed Dr. Hector Andrade-Montemayor as an additional Board member to help support their efforts. Additionally, Dr. Beth Miller will return to the Board as Past President.
Thank you again for your participation and your continued support of IGA.
Recently, several concerned IGA members received fake emails from IGA Board Officers. We care about our members and want to protect you from these “phishing” attempts.
Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to get personal information from you.
The most common message we have seen is a “spoofed email.” The message claims to be from someone at IGA but provides false and misleading information. Typically, the email claims to be urgent, asks for help with a problem, and wants you to respond by email. Here is an example of what we have seen.
If you suspect an email you have received is suspicious, hover your cursor on the sender’s name. In this case, Beth Miller and the sender’s email will show as in the example below. If you do not recognize the sender’s email address, it is most probably a phishing attempt.
This email is not from Beth. The email address is clearly wrong. Additionally, members of the IGA Board will never ask you for money. We send out reminders for members to renew their memberships, but we will not solicit money from you directly.
If you are ever in doubt about an email, then please contact Christian De Vries directly. Our contact information is located on the bottom of every page on the IGA website, and most responses will be within 24 hours. If you have received phishing emails from people pretending to be an IGA Board member, please send us copies of these fake emails so we can look for new patterns and help with potentially prosecuting the perpetrators in the future.
International Goat Association
12709 Grassy Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72210 USA
We have moved the IGA Board, Regional Directors’, and Country Representatives’ emails into the website’s MEMBERS section to prevent further phishing attempts. Only paid members of IGA will have access to this information.
Tips you can use to avoid phishing and other scams:
We hope that this information is helpful.
Wishing you the best for 2021 and beyond,
The IGA team
The IGA Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 13th International Conference on Goats
Even though the 13th ICG is several months away, the current COVID-19 crisis has made it extremely difficult to plan any large gathering. We know the dangers of infectious diseases and the need to prevent exposure, so rather than put people at risk unnecessarily, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone this conference.
A new date has not been chosen. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to announce the new date in a few months.
As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic moves across the world, we send our sincere hope for good health and protection to the entire IGA family. We are all affected by this situation, some more seriously than others.
We need to support each other professionally and personally as best we can. And we need a future where robust science informs public policy to prevent this type of tragedy. May we, our families and colleagues endure this current situation, and we will see you again in Hungary in 2021!
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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.
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.
Dear IGA Members,
The upcoming 12th International Conference on Goats will mark the beginning of a new Board of Directors. Voting for the nominees will begin soon.
In order to prepare the ballot, we need candidates. The success of IGA depends on a strong, diverse and active board. If you know someone who would be a great addition to the Board, then please send us their name and a short bio. Nominees should:
There are many great benefits of being an IGA member in 2016:
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.