Compiled and written by Clara Hedrich, with assistance from Dr. Chris Duemler, DVM, and Dan Considine
The main purpose of this “Best Practices Guide” is to provide some insight into the dairy goat industry.
To read or download the guide click here.
Written by Francisco de Asis Ruiz Morales, IGA's Country Representative for Spain
Worldwide goat milk production has increased by 108.7% from 1988 to 2013, from 8,828,266 to 18,422,372 metric tons (FAOSTAT, 2013). Nevertheless, the goat is still exploited mainly for the production of meat, milk only being the principal product on the European continent.
Escrito por Francisco de Asís Ruiz Morales, Representante de IGA para España
La producción de leche de cabra ha aumentado a nivel mundial un 108,7 % en el periodo de 1988 a 2013, pasando de 8.828.266 a 18.422.372 toneladas (FAOSTAT, 2013). A pesar de ello, el caprino se sigue explotando principalmente para la producción de carne, tan solo en el continente europeo es la leche el producto principal.
Lea el artículo completo aquí.
The First Edition of the Dairy Goat Production Handbook from Langston University has been published and is now available. The breadth and depth of topics and information included in this book will serve all dairy goat producers from those persons who raise and milk only a few does in their backyard to producers operating a large commercial dairy. Upon perusing the book, the reader will see that experts in all areas of production were invited to author chapters. Excellent pictures and charts accompany the narrative of each chapter. Production of safe, wholesome dairy goat milk and milk products is the aim of all dairy goat producers. The editors and authors hope that this handbook serves to assist in fulfilling that aim.
The 3rd Asian-Australasian Dairy Goat Conference (AADGC 2016), from 9 to 13 May 2016, will take place in Yangling, China.
This conference will feature leading scientists and policymakers who will review the current state of knowledge and communicate significant new developments and advancements in the breeding, nutrition, diseases prevention and milk products of dairy goat. All registered delegates will have the opportunity to publish their research in the conference proceedings.
Written by C. S. Wilson, B. Krehbiel, and H. D. Blackburn
Genetic diversity underpins the livestock breeders’ ability to improve the production potential of their livestock. Therefore, it is important to periodically assess genetic diversity within a breed. Such an analysis was conducted on U.S. dairy goat breeds and this article is an overview of that work. In March 2014, pedigree files were obtained from the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) in order to conduct a genetic diversity evaluation using pedigree information and assess how well the bucks in the National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP) gene bank represent various goat breeds. NAGP is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The primary function of the gene bank is to serve as a strategic reserve of genetic diversity for the livestock industry to use, particularly in the event of a local or national crisis such as rebuilding breeds after an epidemic. Additional material is in the gene bank for use by breeders and researchers for DNA analysis or reintroduction of genetics that are no longer commercially available. The NAGP gene bank currently includes more than 22,700 animals and 778,000 units of germplasm and various tissues. Of this collection, 409 animals (9,657 units) are goats. Within the goat collection, 146 animals (1,900 units) are from dairy breeds and, within that, 73 animals (1,542 units) have semen stored.
We just received word that this conference has been rescheduled for October 18-20!
An international conference on dairy goat healthy farming and milk processing will be take place in China’s, Fuping County, on October 18-20, 2014. The conference will be hosted by Northwest A&F University with the joint collaboration of International Goat and China Sheep and Goat associations. It is approved by GOC Ministry of education, organized by Shaanxi Dairy Goat Industrial Technology Innovation Alliances, Shaanxi Dairy Industry Association, Shaanxi Dairy Goat Technology System, Agro-scientific Research for Public Interest---Research Group of Dairy Goat and Government of Fuping County. The conference will be sponsored by Shaanxi Hongxing, Shaanxi Jinniu, Shaanxi Shengtang and Xi’an Baiyue Dairy Co., Ltd
Aim of Conference
Promoting healthy farming of dairy goat, accelerating up-gradation of milk product.
Theme of Conference
Communication, Innovation, Development, Win-win
The conference will begin on October 18th and will last for 3 days. Registration is scheduled for October 18. The Opening Ceremony will start on October 19th.
Tiancheng Garden of Fuping County, Shaanxi.
Main content of Conference
October 19 – Opening ceremony (30 min)
Welcome message from the host, from the President of the International Association of Goats, from China Dairy Industry Association, Dairy Association of China, Dairy Industry Office of Ministry of Agriculture, from Agriculture Department, Technology Department, Commerce and Industry Department of Shaanxi province, from municipal government of Weinan City, and from Fuping county government.
Report of dairy goat industry development (3 hours)
Development Reports from Enterprises (4 companies, 30 min)
Reports from famous experts in industry technological innovation (afternoon at 19th)
October 20 – Reports from national experts
Farms visiting (Afternoon of October 20th)
National & International Goat Breeding, Cattle Feed and Agricultural Machinery Convention and Exhibition, El-Meniaa, Algeria, October 15-17, 2014
The Algerian Milking Goat Association in El-Méniaa, under the patronage of the Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development wishes to inform you that they will be hosting the 2nd edition of the National & International Exhibition of Goat Breeding, Feed and Agricultural Machinery in downtown El-Méniaa City, Ghardaïa, Algeria on October 15-17, 2014.
The association of milking goats, organizer of the event, was founded in 2011 in El-Méniaa City and wants to help farmers to improve the quality of their products and expand their herds of dairy goats. The consumption of milk, meat and goat cheeses are, among others, the expected goals by this young association.
Sociedad Española de Ovinotecnia y Caprinotecnia – The Spanish Society of Sheep and Goat (SEOC) is a non-profit, open to all professionals with an interest in sheep and/or goats, both meat and milk production.
In 1975, a group of teachers, researchers and technicians in the field of animal production set up the Spanish Society of Sheep. The Spanish Society of Sheep was born from the concern of these professionals to exchange knowledge, promote research and above all, translate the latest developments on this species to the rural world through their technicians. In its IX Conference (1984), the field of action of the Society was expanded into the study of Caprine species, and the organization was renamed, the Spanish Society of Sheep and Goat (SEOC).
In our September 2012 IGA Newsletter we told you about a great book, A Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy, written by Carol Delaney. Now you can download this great resource for free.
Turning a passion into a viable business is a line-in-the-sand decision, and a new book by Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Specialist Carol Delaney, A Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy, covers what farmers should consider when planning a goat dairy startup. It also fills a gap—there are many periodicals and books with information about cow dairying, and this adds some needed weight on the small ruminant side of the scale.
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.