Written by Beth Miller, IGA President
The Fourth Asian-Australasian Dairy Goat conference (AADGC 2018) was held at Tra Vinh University, Vietnam with nearly 200 participants from 19 countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The theme was Strengthening Development of Dairy Goat Production Adapting to Climate Change. All the papers are published in the proceedings (ISBN 978-604-9). They are also available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NR-FA1XVARRSWgVbFjvtj47jt-IEnk_A/view.
Dairy goat production is increasing across Asia as farmers take advantage of increased prices for goat milk, and governments search for sustainable agricultural activities in the face of climate change. However, many challenges occur when new farmers take up dairy goat production, especially if they do not have strong livestock or commercial background. Training and technology are two key components of successful dairy goat enterprises, as well as markets and transportation. Key research topics include identification of the genetic merit of locally adapted breeds, and development of new and inexpensive feed resources so dairy goats can reach their genetic potential of milk production.
The Asian-Australasian Dairy Goat Network (AADGN) was first organized in 2012 under the leadership of Prof. Juan Boo Liang from the University of Putra, Malaysia. The primary objective of AADGN is to serve all stakeholders including researchers, academicians, policy makers, farmers and investors, and milk and other dairy processors working to promote dairy goat farming in Asia-Australasia and beyond.
The AADGN is governed by volunteer country coordinators and a Scientific Committee, who met during the 4th AADGC, along with the Organization Committee. For more information about AADGN, please visit their website.
Professor Jun Luo from Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China was elected the new International Coordinator for the AADGN. Prof. Luo is also IGA’s Regional Director for Asia. Read more about Dr. Luo on the IGA Blog.
You can contact Prof. Luo for information about the AADGN at firstname.lastname@example.org. The AADGN’s Scientific Committee selected Thailand as the host for the 5th Asian-Australasian Dairy Goat Conference in the spring of 2020.
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