Written by Beth Miller, past president of IGA (2016-2021)
I learned many things from my decades of friendship with Dr. Pu Jiabi. He was my first friend from China, and a masterful tour guide, with an incredibly detailed knowledge of local history. Although he was already a well-established and respected veteran of the Animal Husbandry Bureau in Sichuan, China, he wanted to know how animals were managed in other settings and to create novel approaches for the Chinese situation. He was always curious and wanted to learn as much as possible about every new place he visited.
Dr. Pu was passionate about combining goats and training to raise people from poverty to security. He was committed to the mission of the IGA and felt that greater attention to goats could create opportunities for resource-poor people everywhere, especially in Asia. He supported Heifer’s sponsorship of IGA to bring greater recognition of goats as a critical and valuable resource. As an energetic Board member and leader, Dr. Pu was instrumental in organizing the 6th International Conference on Goats in Beijing, China, in 1996. He served as IGA Regional Director for Asia and as an IGA Board member from 1994 to 2002.
I remember Dr. Pu as a visionary leader and a tireless experimenter, but most of all as a great friend who always made me feel welcome. His enduring legacy is his many students rising to leadership positions in Animal Husbandry and thousands of rural people who enjoy greater prosperity from his work with Heifer China.
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.
As scientists, we know the dangers of infectious diseases, and the need to prevent exposure. As people, we understand the terrible isolation resulting from travel restrictions, and the fear from hearing of new cases. All of us understand that travel is the best learning experience, and makes our research and policies more robust and effective. For now, we accept the limitations on travel to and from China, but we also know that we will be able to visit with you again in the future.
Please know that your IGA friends and colleagues from around the word eagerly await the end of the outbreak, and the development of new tools for prevention and treatment, both in China and the other countries where new cases are being discovered such as Italy, Korea and Iran. Now more than ever, we can see the need for global cooperation so our countries and our families can thrive.
We commend the Chinese people on your patience and strength while facing this unprecedented situation. I look forward to returning to a time with safe and easy travel within and between countries. May you all enjoy good health and a quick return to a normal life, and working to advance goat health and production!
As more countries become affected, we ask IGA's Board members, Country Representatives, and Regional Directors to add their own messages of support on Facebook and Twitter.
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 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
Country Representative for Northwest China and Inner Mongolia
Sun Haizhou is a researcher and the Director of the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed Research of the Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Sciences in Hohhot. He holds a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the Inner Mongolia Agriculture University.
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Country Representative for Southwest China
Yongju Zhao graduated with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Qingdao Agricultural University and received a Masters of Science in Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction from the Gansu Agricultural University. He obtained an MD from the Third Military Medical School University, focusing in Models of Transgenic Animals.
After his medical degree, he attended Northeast Wales Institute (NEWI), United Kingdom, as a Visiting Scholar in Forensic Science and Technology. Then, he attended Aarhus University, Denmark, as a Visiting Scholar in Molecular Genetics, as well as Purdue University, USA, as a Visiting Scholar in Animal Behavior and Well-Being.
Regional Director for Asia (China)
Jun Luo obtained his B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry, M.S. degree in Animal Production and Ph.D. degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University of China. He is currently a professor in the College of Animal Science and Technology of NWAFU and the director of the Dairy Goat Committee of the China Dairy Association. Jun Luo is a member of the Sheep and Goat Resource Committee.
Written by Yoko Tsukahara
The 30 years memorial of the Sheep and Goat Branch of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine was celebrated at the 2017 National Symposium on Sheep and Goat. More than 600 experts and scientists from 29 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions in China as well as Canada, Ecuador, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States attended the Symposium.
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.
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