3rd Portuguese goat production meeting
The Agriculture School (ESA) of the Bragança Polytechnic Institute (IPB) in association with the Regional Director for Western Europe of the International Goat Association, the National Serrana Goat Breeders Association (ANCRAS), and the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO), are going to organize CAPRA 2014 (the third Portuguese goat production meeting).
The meeting will take place in Bragança (Portugal) from 24 to 25 October, 2014. The main subject areas covered: Meat and Milk production, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Nutrition, Biology of Goat Production Systems, Behaviour, Welfare and Health. CAPRA 2014 will be an exciting opportunity for breeders, students, professors and researchers to meet and spend time in a friendly way for the benefit of Portuguese Goat Production.
A few of ours colleagues are coordinating the AWIN project in Portugal and working with intensively kept dairy goats. They are in the process of validating a lameness scale. They have created an online survey and want as many responses as possible from all round the world. They are asking for responses from farmers, vets, researchers, students and others, even if they do not have much experience with goats. Read their full message below and please take a few minutes to complete their survey.
Applicable research is fundamental for improving health and welfare of our animals. For this to be fulfilled there are times when the judgment and opinion of people outside the research team are essential.
To create a Visual Analogue Scale to grade lameness in goats, we have prepared this web survey with several videos of lame/and non lame goats, that we ask you to answer. The contribution of all, experienced and non-experienced with goats, is welcomed and will allow for a much stronger analysis of the data. It will take you no more than 15 minutes.
More instructions are available on the webpage at this link:
Be aware that the password that is sent to you after registering, may go to your spam files.
We also ask you to send this message and the link to your contacts all over the world.
Thank you very much.
Warm regards from the AWIN team in Portugal
George Stilwell, Ana Vieira, Inês Ajuda
The IGA country representative, Alfredo Teixeira, for Portugal in association with National Serrana Goat Breeders Association (ANCRAS) and the Agriculture School (ESA) of the Bragança Polytechnic Institute I (IPB) organized the First Portuguese Goat Production Meeting which occurred in Bragança (Portugal) from October 19-21, 2006.
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.