Special Issue “Dairy Sheep and Goat Production and Products in Europe: Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities”
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2023.
Special Issue Information
Sheep and goat production from European breeds is an essential and far-reaching industry, providing original products to international markets. Ruminant animal products are recognized in Europe and other continents for their quality and originality. Although these products have a number of attractive characteristics, their high sensory quality is considered the most relevant to consumers. The quality of animal products from ruminants varies between breeds, feeding strategies, processing factors, and so on. European consumers want to know the characteristics of the products they consume. Therefore, new systems to trace the origin of animal products in Europe are required. For example, biomarkers can be used to identify the origin of animals and guarantee the quality of products. Improvements that can guarantee the traceability of products of animal origin are currently being developed. Furthermore, this characterization can help local products of high sensory quality develop quality brands, sustaining them economically.
In this Special Issue, we invite researchers to submit original research and review articles on new challenges and strategies to ensure the quality of food products from sheep and goat breeds in Europe. These papers might include, but are not limited to, topics relating to traceability control, biomarkers, new production systems, new products, original products, or the use of regional available byproducts.
Prof. Dr. Alberto Horcada
Prof. Dr. Alfredo Jorge Costa Teixeira
Goats of the World and World of Goats – Emerging from the Shadow of COVID-19
This virtual conference will take place from 2 pm to 6 pm European Time (Paris time).
Goat breeding, as part of the livestock sector is a key contributor to food security, nutrition and livelihoods, especially for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since the global outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the world’s goat production and the life of the farmers have been severely affected. The aim of the conference is to investigate the negative impacts (current and potential) of the pandemic e.g. reduced access to animal feeds, inputs and services; reduced processing capacities; compromised storage and conservation options; difficulties in inland and international transportation; animal health problems because of reduced testing and diagnostic capacity; lack of animal disease control programmes. Reports will be delivered on national and regional levels (by Country Representatives and Regional Directors of IGA), hoping to get a global overview by the end of the conference. The organisers would be more than happy to see some actions, how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the goat sector.
Epidemiology and disease control by region
Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) in Africa and Asia: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of the prevalence in sheep and goats between 1969 and 2018, Veterinary Medicine and Science, 2020
Immunology & Vaccines, Virology & Diagnostics
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.
Francisco de Asís Ruiz: “El potencial del caprino son las razas autóctonas y el aumento en el consumo de quesos”
La Asociación Internacional de Cabras se enorgullese en anunciar que Francisco de Asis Ruiz es nuestro nuevo Director Regional para Europa del Oeste. Abajo se encuentra una entrevista de OVIESPAÑA con Francisco. Nuestro agradecimiento especial para OVIESPAÑA por permitirnos usar esta información. Para leer una versión traducida al Inglés, presione aquí.
Francisco de Asís Ruiz es uno de los investigadores más reputados del sector caprino en España. Trabaja como técnico del Área de Economía de la Cadena Agroalimentaria del Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria (Ifapa) de Granada y recientemente ha sido nombrado director regional de la Asociación Internacional del Caprino (IGA) para Europa Occidental. En esta entrevista, Ruiz analiza el papel que desempeña la IGA, la estructura del sector caprino europeo y su futuro.
OVIESPAÑA. Acaba de ser elegido recientemente como representante de la International Goat Association (IGA) en Europa. ¿Cómo está organizada esta asociación en Europa?
FRANCISCO DE ASÍS RUIZ. Cada país cuenta con un número de miembros que vota cada cuatro años a la Junta Directiva (IGA board), y esta cada año evalúa las propuestas y elige los representantes de cada nación. En el caso de España, en 2014 se hizo una propuesta desde el sector caprino español en el V Foro Nacional de caprino celebrado en Sevilla y decidieron proponerme como representante en España. Entre los representantes nacionales, la comisión correspondiente del IGA Board en función de su actividad en los cuatro años anteriores elige un Director en cada continente, y en este caso he sido elegido recientemente como Director de Europa Occidental.
Francisco de Asís Ruiz: “The potential of indigenous goat breeds and the increase in consumption of cheese”
IGA is proud to announce that Francisco de Asís Ruiz is our new Regional Director for Western Europe. Below is a translation of an interview by OVIESPAÑA with Francisco. Special thanks to OVIESPAÑA for allowing us to use this information. To read the original Spanish version, click here.
Francisco de Asís Ruiz is one of the most reputable researchers in the goat sector in Spain. He works as a technician in the Economics Department of the Agrifood Chain of the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural Research and Training (Ifapa) in Granada and has recently been appointed Regional Director of the International Goat Association (IGA) for Western Europe. In this interview, Ruiz analyzes the role played by the IGA, the structure of the European goat sector and its future.
The ERCG 2014 is an official IGA sponsored regional conference, and to thank those who register the conference organizers and IGA are offering a special gift. ALL registrations include a free 1 year IGA membership for new members or $20 off a membership renewal. Go to: www.iga-goatworld.com/free-membership.html and fill out the form.
If you haven't registered yet, then visit: http://ercg2014.org
We would like to invite you to the European Regional Conference on Goats 2014, a cross-border conference to be held in Debrecen (Hungary) and Oradea (Nagyvárad, Romania) from 8 to 11 April 2014!
The goat sector in Central and Eastern Europe is very diverse regarding types of breeds, production systems and numbers of animals. Each region has its own indigenous breeds with unique characteristics – however, they also share many similarities. Exotic / international breeds (i.e. Saanen, Alpine, Nubian, Boer, etc.) also play an increasingly important role in these countries.
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.