The IGA Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 13th International Conference on Goats.
The new date is 3-8 October 2021.
Even though the 13th ICG is several months away, the current COVID-19 crisis has made it extremely difficult to plan any large gathering. We know the dangers of infectious diseases and the need to prevent exposure, so rather than put people at risk unnecessarily, the Board of Directors postponed this conference.
As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic moves across the world, we send our sincere hope for good health and protection to the entire IGA family. We are all affected by this situation, some more seriously than others.
We need to support each other professionally and personally as best we can. And we need a future where robust science informs public policy to prevent this type of tragedy. May we, our families, and colleagues endure this current situation, and we will see you again in Hungary in 2021!
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Organisers of ICG2021
Greetings to the IGA Community! We hope that you are safe and well.
The current COVID-19 crisis has created extraordinary changes in our world. We know the dangers of infectious diseases and the need to prevent exposure. It has become challenging to plan any large gathering, so rather than put people at risk unnecessarily, the IGA Board decided to postpone the 13th International Conference on Goat.
A new date has not been chosen. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to announce the change soon.
Unfortunately, because the 13th ICG is postponed, elections for the new Board will be delayed. When a new date for the conference is selected, we will send out an official call for nominations. Any IGA member in good standing (meaning their membership dues are up-to-date) can be nominated to serve a four-year term. Check our website regularly for more information in the coming days and months!
First of all, we thank you for your interest in our Conference “ICG2016”.
As you know, the ICG2016 conference will be held from 25-30 September in Antalya, with a rich social and scientific program, and you as our distinguished participants. We continue to work with great effort in order to host you in the best way possible. So far we have received 220 registrations and 207 abstracts, and due to high demand we have extended the abstract submission deadline to April 1st.
Antalya, where the conference will take place, is one of the most important tourist destinations in Turkey and was visited by 10 million tourists from all around the world in 2015.
On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the “12th International Conference on Goats - ICG 2016”, which will take place between September 25-30, 2016 in the great city of Antalya, Turkey. We are delighted to welcome all delegates to this event.
Goat production professionals in the disciplines of sustainability, management, social aspects, health and association establishment from all over the world will have the opportunity to learn new knowledge, share experiences and explore the exciting city of Antalya and + its surrounds.
Important Dates for Submission
Abstract Submission Deadline: 01 March 2016
Notification of Acceptance of the Abstracts: 01 June 2016
Full paper admission: 01 July 2016
Important Dates for Registration
Early Registration Deadline (for Registration Payment):
01 July 2016
Author Payment Deadline:
01 July 2016
We kindly invite academy/faculty members, researchers, students as well as industry professionals who are interested in, presenting their research and/or academic experience in goat production, sustainability and animal health or related topics, to participate in the ICG 2016 Conference to share their works.
There will be also round table meetings for industry professionals to discuss latest developments on goat production and there will be workshops about different topics.
Selected papers from oral and poster presentations will be published in Small Ruminant Research, published by Elsevier.
Learn more at the conference website: http://icg2016.org
Dr. Irfan Daskiran
Dr. Nazan Koluman
The following is a list of the posters that were chosen because of their outstanding content and presentation.
Effects of calcium restriction on the gastrointestinal calcium absorption in goats in comparison to sheep
Richter, J., M. Wilkens, N. Mrochen, G. Breves, B. Schröder
University of Veterinary Medicine, Foundation, Department of Physiology, Bischofsholer Damm 15, 30173 Hannover, Germany.
Oral Report from Dr. Juan Capote, the newly-elected IGA president, during the closing session of the XI ICG held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, September 24-27, 2012
Dear IGA members,
Welcome to the closing session of the XI International Goat Conference.
In 2005, a new IGA strategic plan was developed. In retrospect, this strategic plan was very ambitious and consequently not all goals have been achieved as of today. Nevertheless, we have made great strides and we are optimistic about the future of IGA and of goats in this world.
Do you have questions about IGA and don't know who to ask? Do you have information that you want to share but you're not sure who to send it to? Below is a list of our active committees. Contact the committee chair for more information.
2012-2016 Active Committees
12th ICG Committee
Chair: Lucia Sepe
Members: Carina Visser, Tilahun Sahlu
Host Country Chair: Nazan Koluman
Host Country Member: Irfan Daskiran (Turkey Country Representative)
Regional Conferences Committee
Chair: Lucia Sepe
Members: Carina Visser, Tilahun Sahlu
Training Centers and Development Projects Committee
Chair: Jean-Paul Dubeuf
Members: Beth Miller, Juan Capote, Mahendra Lohani
Regional Directors and Country Representatives Management Committee
Chair: Gisele Alexandre
Members: Maria Norma Ribeiro, Shoorvir Singh
Chair: Carina Visser
Members: Odd-Arild Finnes, Xu Gangyi, Stela Zamfirescu
Website and Networks Committee
Chair: Jean-Marie Luginbuhl
Members: Felipe Torres Acosta, Herve Hoste
We wanted to let everyone know that the Book of Abstracts for the 11th International Conference on Goats is now available online. It is a wonderful resource!
It is 451 pages and covers:
Visit the 11th ICG page on our website or download a PDF copy right here.
Dr. Irfan Daskiran
IGA Country Representative for Turkey
THE XIth INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GOATS in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands (Spain) was a big success with over 400 participants from 50 countries. Industrial, scientific and rural activities in the goat sector were discussed by experts and researchers with 18 sessions, 5 roundtables, and 3 satellites seminars. In addition, excellent information was displayed on attractive posters from many countries at the several poster sessions.
I attended the conference as the representative of Turkey for IGA and participated in the IGA/IFAD workshop as well. The importance of this meeting was also the fact that Turkey was one of the candidates applying for organizing the next IGC in 2016. We competed with two other valuable candidates and it was an honour for us to have been chosen. We anticipate that all goat researchers, goat sector representatives and goat lovers will be joining us in 2016 in Antalya, Turkey for the XII IGC. Before the next meeting, however, I would like to share some information concerning the goat farming situation in Turkey with all the IGA family.
What is the current goat situation in Turkey?
The goat population of Turkey started a downward trend beginning in the 1990s (Table 1). Presently, the goat population totals approximately 7.25 million head, mostly from local breeds that have a low production capacity.
The 11th International Conference on Goats in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands (Spain) was a big success with over 400 participants from 50 countries. Industrial, scientific and rural activities in the goat sector were discussed by experts and researchers with 18 sessions, 5 roundtables, and 3 satellites seminars. In addition, excellent information was displayed on attractive posters from many countries at the several poster sessions.
A special workshop was organized, to discuss the collaboration between the International Goat Association (IGA) and the International Fund on Agriculture and Development (IFAD), on the role of goats in the fight against poverty and operational aspects of building efficient projects with the participation of actors and specialists from all continents.
Goats and the Canary Islands
The Canary Isles were conquered by Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries, and goats were already present on the isles. Canarian people have been raising goats for several centuries, and today goats are the most important livestock resource in the archipelago (more than 400,000 heads).
There are three native dairy goat breeds in the Canary Islands – all with a common ancestor, the Paleocanaria goat – and almost 100% of their milk is used to make traditional cheese. The wild population disappeared during the last century although there are still signs of the ancient population in their domesticated offspring. Furthermore, recent studies using a linking network analysis of mitochondrial D-loop sequences has shown that Canary Island goats had an important influence in the building of American goat herds.
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.