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Scientists at Iran's Royan Research Institute has succeeded in producing the country's third cloned goat belonging to Murcia-Granada breed of goat. Dr. Mahdi Hajian, Head of Embryology Department at Isfahan Campus of Royan Research Institute, made the announcement asserting "following successful cloning of Saanen and Alpine goats, we sought to clone a third one from Murcia-Granada breed."
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Written by Dr. Sandra Solaiman
World Goat Day took place in Karaj, Iran on September 18-19, 2017. This was a memorable event as Iran is the site where domestication of goat started more than 8-10,000 years ago. More than 1,000 producers, villagers, goat keepers, members of tribal communities, agriculture-related industries, students, extension agents, scientists, researchers, national and international dignitaries, as well as governmental agencies including the honorable Minister and 3 Vice Ministers of agriculture (livestock affairs, Planning and economics, research, education and extension) attended the event and participated to show their support.
A Celebration of the First Domestication of Goats and the Contribution of Goats Today
We are very happy to announce that World Goat Day 2017 will take place in Iran!
The success of “National Goat Day” in January 2016 showed the importance of goat production in Iran. Throughout the region and most of the world, goats continue to enhance the quality of human life. As we saw during the 12th International Conference on Goats in Turkey, there is global interest to learn from other researchers, producers, processors and other actors throughout the value chain.
Now, the Organizing Committee will convene, and a specific date will be set. We will keep you informed as we gather more information.
We know World Goat Day will be a great success, and we look forward to joining in the celebration.
Distinguished scientists, researchers, goat breeders and experts worldwide,
We respectfully request your support for our upcoming meeting of major goat breeders, enthusiasts, and goat experts of the Animal Science Research Institute of Iran (www.asri.ir) as host of the this event, National Animal Breeding and animal products promotion Center (www.abc.org.ir) and National Organization for Nomads Affairs (www.ashayer.ir) on January 27, 2016.
The goal is to propose a World Goat Day, with the help of the International Goat Association, so your kind support will be highly appreciated. Policy papers, benchmarking analysis by scientists and senior experts, and interesting debate topics by nomadic and rural goat keepers will be presented. International scientists and breeders are welcome.
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.