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.
Between September 19-21, 2018 the LXXXIII scientific meeting of Polish Society of Animal Production entitled “Challenges of animal husbandry in sustainable agriculture conditions” took place in Lublin (south-eastern Poland). The main organizer of the conference was the University of Life Science in Lublin, Faculty of Biology, Animal Sciences and Bioeconomy. There was also a meeting of the section goat and sheep rearing and breeding during the conference. Twenty-five people took part in this meeting.
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.
Written by Emilia Bagnicka, IGA Regional Director for Eastern Europe
Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Polish Academy of Sciences in Jastrzebiec, Poland
I attended two conferences as IGA Country Representative* in 2017.
Title: Goat health - nutrition and disease prevention
Location: Veterinary Faculty of Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Date: December 2, 2017
Aim: meeting with goat breeders and training on nutrition and health of goats
Technical demonstration within the conference: presentation of the nutritive products for goats and kids, brochures on sponsors.
Languages of the conference: Polish and English. Translation will be provided.
Information about the conference is on the “KoziSerwis” website (which is run for goat breeders): http://www.kozy.edu.pl/
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