The Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG2018) was held at Amity University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India on Oct. 22-26, 2018. The theme entitled “Current Challenges in Goat Industry and the Strategies to Combat in Asia Region.” A total of 287 researchers, professors, and producers from 14 countries including, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, and the USA attended the meeting. The scientific program included keynote addresses, expert talks, oral and poster presentations, and brainstorming and valedictory sessions. The participants enjoyed a warm traditional welcome during the technical tour at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute which produces and conducts research on pure Sirohi goats, varieties of sheep and rabbit breeds, veterinary medical plants, and so on.
Abstracts of scientific programs and poster presentation consisted of 57 Goat Health Management & Welfare, 23 Nutrition Management and Alternative Feeding Systems, 37 Breeding and Genetics, 16 Production Systems and Climate Change in Asia, 38 Innovation in Reproductive Technology, 20 Socio-Economic, Marketing, and Financial Issues in Asia, and 13 Goat Products. In India, there are 20 registered local goat breeds of meat, milk, hair, and multi-purposes according to the diverse geographic and climate conditions. Health management is one of the biggest concern and interest. Vaccination programs of PPR, goat pox, FMD, enterotoxaemia, hemorrhagic septicemia as well as anthrax and black quarter were encouraged. Other diseases including blue tang and Johne’s diseases also commonly occur. Currently, among these diseases, the most important problem and the biggest challenge is PPR in India.
There were also entertainment programs, such as gala dinner, networking teas, and a cultural evening. It was very nice to meet and get to know some of the professors and students. Some of the students impressed us with their enthusiasm, interest, knowledge, and dancing skills.
Although there were some miscommunications and disorganized situations, the organizing committee gave their full effort with respects to the Conference and tried their best to accommodate all the requests, conditions, nonstop-speakers, and no-shows. All the attendees were certainly grateful and pleased with the Conference. With this newly created friendship, we look forward to the improvement of goat production in India in the future.