The 21st Japanese Society of Goat Science (JSGS) Meeting on Goat Pro-duction and Management was about to be canceled due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, thanks to the passion and dedication of organizers to make it happen, this annual meeting was held as a web-based meeting on March 25, 2020. All the changes from ordinal face to face meetings to virtual meetings had to happen very quickly. We would like to thank all the members who participated.
At present, Japanese agricultural policy and social situations are facing major changes. There is an emerging sense of crisis in the direction that has been pursued only for efficiency. Instead, maintaining and revitalizing forgotten mountainous areas have become a major issue. Moreover, the desire for agricultural education and healing people in urban areas has been also increased. Consequently, the use of goats is once again receiving attention.
Under these circumstances, the Japan Goat Network has established a working group to discuss the ideal way of the JSGS. Rather than being just a research group that conducts ‘research for research,’ we would like to hear the direct voices from producers, consumers, distributors, etc. for their needs. We want to reflect these in research issues, and focus more on solving the problems and satisfying the needs. We are exploring and considering our way where many members can participate.
At the 2019 Japan Goat Summit in Yamanashi, the JSGS held three roundtables entitled “Goat Feeding Management,” “Goat Product Utilization,” and “Goat Regional Promotion/Educational Utilization,” where we had an exact opportunity to hear the direct needs from all the attendance. We listened to many voices that eager to know science-based knowledge on breeding and management rather than experiences- and intuition-based knowledge.
Besides, the JSGS did not publish the research journal in the past, but now, to ensure that the research findings and information are in your hands, we are working to publish the academic Journal of JSGS*. The JSGS journal will have the role of ‘academic journal’ that presenting research and practical findings from members, as well as the role of ‘goat magazine’ that obtaining and providing useful information. We are inviting research reports and information from various fields.
The JSGS, which is under the umbrella of the Japan Goat Network, is a wheel that turns the Network together with the Japan Goat Summit and is an organization that promotes your opinions forward as fuel.
I hope that the JSGS will contribute to the happiness of human beings by collaborating not limiting in Japan but also internationally with the keyword of GOATS.
We appreciate your continuous support.
Chairman, Japan Society of Goat Science
* Research journal of JSGS will be published in FY2019, which focused on presentations at the JSGS. In the future, it is expected to become a research journal that gives you scientific answers to the problems encountered by producers and goat raisers as a source of not only research articles and case studies but also useful information related to goats.
** Dr. Shogo Shinde, Head of the Livestock Production Technology Research Division, Hiroshima Prefectural Institute of Technology, serves also as the vice president of the Japan Goat Network. He was selected as the chair of the JSGS in early 2020.
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.