Written by Tania Perálvarez Puerta
Lack of data
There is little information on the use of antibiotics in sheep and goats compared to other species. This may be because of the characteristics of the sector, which in general is very heterogeneous and not very high-tech (in some countries), which can make data collection and communication difficult.
The collection of data on the use of antibiotics in small ruminants must be encouraged.
This lack of data is a problem as in order to be able to determine the best antibiotic reduction strategy, we need to know details of antibiotic use in the sector: quantities, routes of administration, seasonality, variability between farms etc.
Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers
This guide aims to assist dairy goat farmers using new technologies on farm. It outlines the different technologies available for goats, and offers some general advice on their use.
In the European Union, dairy goat sector is pretty small when compared to dairy cows sector. Even so, EU owns only 3 % of the world’s dairy goat herds, but produces 10.5 % of the world’s goat milk (FAOSTAT, 2014); this is the only continent where goat milk has such an economic importance and organization. In Europe, dairy goat production is more common around the Mediterranean basis, where it is important from an economic, environmental and sociological perspective to the Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Greece), but is also important in North Europe countries like the Netherlands.
Productive systems vary from semi-extensive situations to highly technological intensive farms. Some regions have typically extensive grazing-based productions, often using native breeds to produce PDO or PGI products. However, farms using high productive breeds tend to intensification. Anyway, there is room for improvement in all cases, so it is worthwhile to go in depth into all the technologies available for dairy goat producers.
Livestockdata.org offers data and evidence on livestock health and
productivity in low and middle-income countries
A new website aims to communicate the best available data and evidence on livestock health and productivity. Launched today, Livestockdata.org is managed by Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) on behalf of the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community of practice. According to SEBI, poor quality, scarce and disparate data are holding back development of the livestock sector in low and middle-income countries. This impacts the lives of millions of people who depend on livestock for a living. The new site aims to build up a knowledge base of open access data, interactive tools and visualisations that policy makers and investors can use to make evidence-based decisions.
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.