Professor Xu Gangyi, IGA Director of the Board and Professor Zhang Yingjie, IGA Regional Director in Asia hosted a visit by Dr. Christopher D. Lu, Professor of University of Hawaii at Hilo who was in China during in May, 2014 to promote goat research and cooperation and International Goat Association. Dr. Lu is a former president of the International Goat Association (IGA) and Argosy University in Seattle.
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Upon the invitations by Sichuan Agricultural University, Hebei Agricultural University, and Anhui Agricultural University, Prof. Lu presented academic reports to the faculty and graduate students in the three universities. He also visited goat and sheep breeding farms and industrial technology demonstration bases, part of comprehensive test stations sponsored by ministries in China. Professor Zhang Yingjie of Hebei Agricultural University, Professor Zhang Zaijun of Anhui agricultural University and Professor Xu Gangyi of Sichuan Agricultural University discussed extensively with Professor Lu pertaining to research, development and future cooperation in sheep and goats.
During the visit, Dr. Lu, accompanied by Professor Zhang Yingjie, visited the Hengshui Comprehensive Test Station of National Sheep industry Technology System and Zhihao Livestock Technology Company. Accompanied by Professor Zhang Zaijun, they visited Anshin Livestock Company at Guoyang, one of the largest intensive meat goat operations in the world.
Dr. Lu expressed admiration for the development of China’s goat and sheep industries and its achievements. He hoped that scientists in China Institute of Sheep and Goats would continue to strengthen their relationship with IGA and find new areas for cooperation and expand the international impact by Chinese goat and sheep industries.
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.