Goats were among the first farm animals to be domesticated. Goats disseminated all over the world because of their great adaptability to varying environmental conditions and the different nutritional regimes under which they were evolved and subsequently maintained. The global goat population currently stands at 921 million, of which over 90% are found in developing countries. Asia is home to about 60% of the total world goat population and has the largest goat breed share of 26%. India is the second largest producer of the goats. Central Institute for Research on Goats (CIRG) in India is Asia’s only institute dedicated to Goat Research. Asia contributes approximately 59% to world goat milk production and India is the largest producer of the goat milk. Rajasthan state of India has the second highest population of goats after Andhra Pradesh and has two renowned research institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute, Central Arid Zone Research Institute) are executing R & D beside promoting goat-based animal husbandry in the country.
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/
The 18th JSGS Meeting
The 18th Japanese Society of Goat Science (JSGS) Meeting will take place on March 27, 2017 at the Faculty of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.
Registration for presenters ends February 28, 2017; please submit your
Dear IGA Members,
As we prepare for 2017, IGA’s new Board of Directors is planning to make our organization stronger and better equipped to meet the needs of our members. The past four years under the leadership of Dr. Juan Capote brought increased membership, as well as a higher international profile and a renewed dedication to the use of goats to improve the lives of millions of rural poor. IGA produced an exceptional study, Scaling Up Successful Practices for Sustainable Small Ruminant Production for IFAD: http://www.iga-goatworld.com/scaling-upsuccessful-practices.html. We must continue to develop new areas to share IGA expertise.
The recent International Goat Conference in Antalya Turkey was a great success, from excellent presentations and wonderful technical tours to the new friendships and professional collaborations that developed. Again, I want to thank Conference Chair Dr. Irfan Daskiran, the host country committee, and the IGA Scientific Committee led by Dr. Lucia Sepe. The proceedings will become available soon, and a special edition of Small Ruminant Research will feature the best papers and posters.
The Regional workshop on goat breeding within the Hungarian-Romanian European Regional cross-border conference, organized under the auspices of the International Goat Association in cooperation with Hungarian Sheep and Goat Dairying Public Utility Association took place in Debrecen, Hungary and Oradea, Romania. The conference was held on 8-10 April in Debrecen and on 11 April in Oradea.
The participants of the conference were arriving from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, as well as South Africa, USA, Mexico, New-Zealand, Malaysia, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco.
There were five sessions held within the conference
3. Environment and production systems;
4. Animal health;
Human Health, along with one round-table (on animal welfare of goats), and three separate workshops on different sections of goat reproduction.
The ERCG 2014 is an official IGA sponsored regional conference, and to thank those who register the conference organizers and IGA are offering a special gift. ALL registrations include a free 1 year IGA membership for new members or $20 off a membership renewal. Go to: www.iga-goatworld.com/free-membership.html and fill out the form.
If you haven't registered yet, then visit: http://ercg2014.org
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
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 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.
Main conclusions of the IGA regional meeting, Santa Cruz de la Palma (Canary Islands), October 4-5, "Local Goat Genotypes and their Utilization in Management Systems as Means of Conservation"
The purpose of this meeting was to join an IGA regional meeting with the regular Iberian Congress of the Spanish Society of Animal Genetic Resources and the Portuguese Society of Animal Genetic Resources. This meeting was located in La Palma, a small Canary island with a local goat breed, the Palmera breed* and specific extensive pastoral traditional systems.
Around 90 scientists and technicians** from the Iberian Peninsula, as well as from Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Guatemala, etc.), who were involved in the conservation of local animal breeds including; goats, cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs and even snails, presented theirs works and discussed the future of local breeds and their conservation.
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.