The XXI Middle-European Buiatrics Congress was held from May 19 to 22 at the Hotel Anders in Stare Jabłonki, north-eastern Poland, near the city of Olsztyn. The European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (ECSRHM) organized the general meeting and held an annual conference as part of this gathering.
The organizing committee included Prof. Emilia Bagnicka from the Institute of Genetics and Animal Biotechnology Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jarosław Kaba, Dr. Marcin Mickiewicz, and Ms. Zofia Nowek from the Division of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and Dr. Adrian-Valentin Potârniche from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca Romania.
On May 20, the ECSRHM General Meeting officially began with a visit to Mrs. Helena Wróblewska’s farm in Kierzliny. She described the history of her herd, which consisted of roughly 300 dairy goats. She also spoke about the farm’s daily schedule, manners, frequency of milking, and conditions for the welfare of the animals. Following the introduction, participants tasted products made by Mrs. Wróblewska, including milk, yogurt, various types of goat cheese, and some meat products. They also toured the facility to see the equipment used to make these products.
Special thanks to Emilia Bagnicka (IGA Regional Director for Eastern Europe) for sharing this information.
On September 26-27, 2019, the conference “Raising and breeding of native goat breeds with a particular focus on production and dissemination of traditional dairy products” took place, in the manor house Ostoia in Klimkówka (Podkarpackie voivodship, Poland).
The meeting was organized by the Department of Sheep and Goat Breeding of the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Balice near Krakow as a part of the project BIOSTRATEG II “The directions of use and the conservation of farm animal genetic resources under sustainable development” financed by the National Centre for Research and Development. The participants of the conference were breeders of Carpathian goats, researchers from scientific entities such as the National Research Institute of National Production, the University of Life Science in Lublin, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding in Jastrzębiec, and employees of the Regional Association of Sheep and Goat Breeders in Nowy Targ.
Conference Report – Annual European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (ECSRHM), Warsaw, Poland, May 2019
Written by Emilia Bagnicka, IGA Regional Director for Eastern Europe
The Annual European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (ECSRHM) conference took place in Warsaw (Poland) on May 11th 2019 at Warsaw University of Life Science – SGGW, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The conference was organized by ECSRHM, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of WULS-SGGW, Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences – PTNW, International Goat Association – IGA, and Warsaw Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons.
Recognition of IGA’s Most Active CRs and RDs
As part of a new initiative, the International Goat Association wishes to officially recognize the most active Country Representatives (CR) and Regional Directors (RD). RDs and CRs are a very important part of IGA, and we greatly appreciate 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, and we wish to congratulate them for their involvement and successes.
The 2018 IGA Achievement Award recipients are Emilia Bagnicka (RD for Eastern Europe) and Clara Viviana Rúa Bustamante (CR for Colombia).
Additionally, we would like to thank the other Country Representatives, Regional Directors, and members who helped make 2018 such a wonderful success.
October 9-10, 2018
Dwór Ostoja, Klimkówka and The Institute’s Experimental Station in Odrzechowa
Conference subject: breeding of the Carpathian Goats, implementation of the conservation program, veterinary prevention, and quality of goat products.
The conference “Native goat breeds and traditional dairy products” was organized by the National Research Institute of Animal Production, Department of Sheep and Goat Breeding within the project BIOSTRATEG II “Use and protection of genetic resources of livestock in sustainable development conditions.” It took place at the Institute’s Experimental Station in Odrzechowa (Poland) on October 9th and 10th, 2018.
IGA Regional Director for Eastern Europe
Dr. Bagnicka works for the Polish Academy of Sciences in their Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding. Her research areas include quantitative genetics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, and milk quality. Before becoming a Regional Director, Emilia served as the IGA Country Representative for Poland.
Emilia was the first person in Poland to estimate the genetic parameters and breeding values of production traits. She was also one of the first in the world, and the first in Poland, to estimate genetic parameters of functional traits in the Polish goat population.
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