Associate Editor for Reproduction
Nancy H. Ing, D.V.M., Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University in the U.S.A. Texas A&M University is located in central Texas and has 68,000 students and is the 4th ranked veterinary college in the country (out of 30). Prairie View A&M University, 40 miles to the south, is home to the International Goat Research Center. Current research interests are:
The importance of the first area is that the RNAs may provide a novel assay relating to fertility and the non-coding RNAs are likely to regulate gene expression in the early embryo. The importance of the second area is that stress is increasing for animals and glucocorticoids, whether endogenous or given for medical reasons, rapidly but transiently impair steroidogenesis, resulting in periods of subfertility. For these studies, she has used goats, stallions and, most recently, honey bees and cattle. Previously, her research focused on estradiol’s stabilization of estrogen receptor alpha mRNA in the sheep uterus. She’s published 52 peer-reviewed research papers, nine book chapters, and 51 abstracts.
September 16-18, 2018
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
“Building Towards a Sustainable Future via a Healthy and Profitable Goat Industry”
Presented by the National Goat Consortium – An Initiative of the 1890 Land Grant System
Country Representative for Southwest USA
Lisa currently works for the American Dairy Goat Association as the Performance Programs Manager. This involves efforts with the DHI Production Testing, Linear Appraisal, Sire Development, DNA Typing, Artificial Insemination, and Type programs. Prior to this, she was employed in the laboratory genetics field for 30 years which evolved into the areas of quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Lisa is a representative to the California Dairy Goat Advisory committee and on the Board of New Mexico’s caprine DHIA.
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Regional Director for USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico
Stephan received his B.S. in Animal Science from Montana State University, USA, a Ph.D. in Animal Reproduction from James Cook University, Australia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Texas A&M University.
Country Representative for Southeast USA
Govind, Professor of Animal Science at Fort Valley State University (FVSU), received his professional degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1986 from Madras Veterinary College, India. He also received his MVSc degree from the same institution in 1988. After serving as a faculty member at Madras Veterinary College for four years, he moved to the US in 1993 and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1996. After a brief stint at the University of California at Davis as a post-doctoral researcher, he joined Fort Valley State University in 1997 with research and teaching responsibilities. His research focuses on pre-harvest management methods to minimize animal stress and improve meat quality and food safety in small ruminants and post-harvest methodologies to improve quality and safety of goat meat.
Country Representative for Northeast USA
Carol received a Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition from Cornell University, New York, USA. She is currently the Coordinator of the Farmer and Partnership grant programs for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), a NIFA/USDA on-farm research grant program. Carol has many years of experience owning and operating farm and food businesses, working on livestock farms, and raising dairy, meat and draft goats. From 1998 to 2008, she was the Small Ruminant Dairy Specialist at the University of Vermont, USA, in the Department of Animal Science and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Before that, from 1989 to 2003, she was Faculty and Farm Manager at Sterling College, Craftsbury, Vermont, USA.
All joking aside: Goats step from comic relief to dairy spotlight (in the USA)
Sara T. Bredesen
There are plenty of jokes shared among cow dairymen that praise one breed at the expense of another, but at the bottom of the heap in nearly every joke is the lowly goat. Lowly in stature compared to their bovine sisters perhaps, but America’s dairy goats are making headway in the dairy industry as contenders for the attention of cheese-savvy consumers.
Milk goats were brought to the New World 300 years ago by its first English settlers in Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, and by Spanish explorers nearly two centuries before that in the American Southwest. The animals were gregarious, easy keepers, infinitely more transportable than cattle and could consistently deliver as many as three or four offspring annually. The young, in turn, would produce milk and meat within one year of birth. Dairy goats became the mainstay of small homesteads and were as much a part of diversified farming as pigs and chickens. A USDA census in 1900 estimated dairy goat numbers at 1.2 million.
Small Ruminant Research Summaries
AASRP Meeting at 51st AABP Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 14, 2018
The 51st AABP Annual Conference will feature a scientific session focused on small ruminant research applicable to the health, welfare and productivity of goats, sheep, camelids or farmed deer. Research projects having direct application to small ruminant practitioners are being sought for the Oral Session on Friday, September 14. Each presentation should be limited to 15 minutes. Faculty, graduate students, practitioners or veterinary students are urged to share information with practitioners.
National Goat Conference, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama, USA
September 16-18, 2018
Message from the Chair
On behalf of the National Goat Consortium planning committee, it is a pleasure to announce the third National Goat Conference. This conference will be held at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama on September 16th -18th, 2018. The conference was first held at Florida A&M University in 2010 and North Carolina A&T University in 2013. Both events had attendance well over 400 participants. Building on previous successes of the National Goat Conference we will continue to provide the following:
E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research
The five-year report of activities of the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research is presented here. Through this report, you will find that this institute has proved itself again to be the United States’ premier institution for goat research, extension, and international activities. Over the past five years, we have reached a new milestone in our core foundational programs and expanding new programs. Within this report, you will find a synopsis of our major accomplishments. Our Institute scientists and extension specialists have led the way in publishing pertinent research findings, developing user-friendly technology for information dissemination to producers, and implementing development-centered assistance programs internationally. If you are not familiar with our exciting and forward-looking research programs, dynamic extension and outreach activities, and life-changing international activities, you soon will be. Our passion is enhancing goat productivity and improving the lives of goat producers worldwide. We hope that this report will ignite some of those same passions in you.
Read the entire report, Exploring New Frontiers.
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.