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.
However, the main event of the conference was a cheese-making workshop conducted by Mr. Sylwester Wańczyk, an experienced cheese-maker (http://wanczykowka.com) on the first day of the meeting. Mr. Wańczyk taught the participants about the basic principles of cheese-making and the method of production of various kinds of cheeses. The breeders took an active part in the workshop, producing their cheeses (they learned about the process of milk treatment, different bacterial cultures suitable for various kinds of cheese, and renneting). Not only ripening cheeses or fresh acid-rennet quarks were produced, but also yogurt and buttermilk.
Prof. Jędrzej Krupiński from the National Research Institute of Animal Production (the head of the BOSTRATEG II project) opened the scientific part of the conference. Prof. Krupiński’s lecture concerned traditional products derived from native animal breeds. The next talk, “Current research results, which concern goat products,” was presented by Dr. Aldona Kawęcka from the National Research Institute of Animal Production and Principal Investigator in the BIOSTRATEG II project. The next two lectures concerned programs for restoration and conservations native goat breeds resources, with the address given by Dr. Jacek Sikora from the National Research Institute of Animal Production on the Carpathian goats breeding program and Prof. Anna Szymanowska from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin on Sandomierska goats restoration. The lecture “Digitization of goat breeding – databases and websites” was given by Dr. Marta Pasternak (the National Research Institute of Animal Production).
Breeders also brought their products, and the first day of the conference ended with tasting gourmet cheeses and other milk products from Carpathian goats.
On the second day of the conference, during the third part of the workshop, the breeders presented the cheeses they made the previous day, and all participants evaluated these cheeses. The second part of the lectures concerned, “The milk recording of goats in European countries. The activity of IGA (the International Goat Association) in 2019” (Prof. Emilia Bagnicka, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences), “Certification rules and conditions for dairy products derived from goats (Dr. Paweł Radomski, National Research Institute of Animal Production), “Veterinary Prevention” (Veterinary Surgeon, Jarosław Wieczorek, the University of Agriculture in Krakow) and “Feeding small ruminants using the products of Trouw Nutrition company” (MSc. Mariusz Dobies, Trouw Nutrition).
The conference was concluded and closed by Prof. Jędrzej Krupiński.
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