Distinguished scientists, researchers, goat breeders and experts worldwide,
We respectfully request your support for our upcoming meeting of major goat breeders, enthusiasts, and goat experts of the Animal Science Research Institute of Iran (www.asri.ir) as host of the this event, National Animal Breeding and animal products promotion Center (www.abc.org.ir) and National Organization for Nomads Affairs (www.ashayer.ir) on January 27, 2016.
The goal is to propose a World Goat Day, with the help of the International Goat Association, so your kind support will be highly appreciated. Policy papers, benchmarking analysis by scientists and senior experts, and interesting debate topics by nomadic and rural goat keepers will be presented. International scientists and breeders are welcome.
Credible national and international references indicated that the “goat” was first domesticated in Iran. According to the most recent reports in 1392 AH, there are over 20 million heads of goats in Iran. If the value for each head of goat is estimated to be around 4 million Iranian Rials, it would be calculated that more than 80 Trillion Iranian Rials has been invested in this section. This is a considerable investment in comparison to other sections of animal husbandry.
Goat breeding plays an important role and has a significant place in national development of the country, some of which is:
Significant goat breeds in Iran:
However, because of the associated social and economic foundations, and also the lack of any coherent organization or regulatory association, herders and farmers who are the beneficiaries of this guild, have not been able to benefit from the governmental facilities, inputs, and sanitation services, in comparison to other subdivisions of animal husbandry. Additionally, due to development of urban areas over the rural regions and destruction of tribal pathways, successive droughts and degradation of natural range lands, the situation is becoming more and more challenging for the rural people every day, and most of their youth are losing interest to follow their ancestors.
Our sincere thanks goes to Executive Committee members and financial supporters too. And of course, a special thank you to Mr. Nima Sayah, who helped me with this translation.
To register online or download a registration form please click here.
We hope you will be able to join us. For more information, please contact me directly:
Farhad Mirzaei, Ph.D.
IGA Country Representative to Iran, Senior Researcher & Expert on Animal Production Management, Animal Science Research Institute of Iran. Karaj, 31585, Iran
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.