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Yogurt has deep roots in Ethiopia, particularly for pastoral communities, and now its handling is facing deep scrutiny from a research team at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Led by Dr. Kebede Amenu, the team is using bacterial counts to compare the safety of yogurt stored in aluminum containers versus traditional yogurt containers that women treat with a smoking process for sanitation. The team carried out a lab-based experiment to assess the effect of smoking of containers using different tree species on the microbial load of milk and yogurt kept in smoked containers. Building its case, the milk safety project collected milk and feces from 217 cows and camels in May and completed microbiological analysis for E.coli O157 and Salmonella. Comparing the results of this analysis to that on microbes present in the containers will help to determine the efficiency of the sanitation process. Ultimately, Dr. Amenu hopes to improve the sanitation of dairy products in remote parts of Ethiopia. The project, as summarized in this blog post, supports women and families to overcome food insecurity. It also funds three master’s students.
The Latvian Goat Society (Latvijas Kazkopības Biedrība) was established in 2006. Our aim is to make goat breeding more popular in Latvia, to unite goat breeders as well as offer a wider variety of goat breeds for Latvian breeders. Our main tasks include providing services of pedigree and popularizing goat breeding in Latvia and around the world.
The LGS works on two pedigree programs:
Comparison of milk fatty acid profile obtained from goats fed with different dry forage species
Lucia Sepe, Maria Antonietta Di Napoli, Salvatore Claps, Adriana Di Trana
Fat in milk and dairy products gives an important contribution to consumption of essential fatty acids and vitamins in the human diet, and play a critical role in the sensory attributes of these foods [Dewhurst et al., 2006]
Milk fat contains a number of FA shown to exert anti-carcinogenic, hypocholesterolaemic and anti-inflammatory properties, including butyric acid (C4:0), oleic acid (cis-9 18:1), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), linoleic acid (LA, 18:2 n-6) and α-Linoleic acid (ALA, 18:3 n-3) [Williams, 2000].
The first edition of the Handbook of Milk of Non-Bovine Mammals was so popular, that since published in 2006, the book has been translated into Spanish and Chinese, which were published in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Furthermore, the handbook has been adopted as the textbook for research by Harvard Medical School.
Because of so much global demand from readers/scientists, Wiley-Blackwell published an updated 2nd edition of the book this year.
Rural farm families’ probable acceptability of small ruminant’s milk for consumption in Ogun State, Nigeria
The nutritional intake of the rural households, which is largely characterised by carbohydrates at the expense of protein intake, has the potentials of being improved through the consumption of sheep and goats’ milk. With the widespread of small ruminant keeping by rural households in most developing countries, the study embarked on investigation of possible acceptability of sheep and goats’ milk for consumption by farm families in selected rural communities of Ogun State.
The motivation for a conference on goats in Norway was based on two wishes. One wish was to welcome international experts on goats to a regional IGA conference in Norway, and the second was to finalize a national scientific project on goat milk quality with a conference on this topic. These two whishes were merged together and the idea was supported by the IGA Board.
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.