Board members of the International Goat Association (IGA) attended the 2017 National Symposium on Sheep and Goat and the 7th Member Meeting of Sheep and Goat Branch of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine from August 18 to 21, 2017 at Shijiazhuang, China. A total of 14 Board members, the Executive Director, and members of the advisory board from different areas of the world met together to discuss further development of the Association. Great appreciation was expressed to Dr. Yingjie Zhang, Professor of the Agricultural University of Hebei, President of the Sheep and Goat Branch of the Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, and his student Ms. Xuejiao Yin for their dedication to organizing the trip.
IGA Board Agenda
Further progress of the IGA
The first board meeting was held on the afternoon of August 19th. Many topics were discussed including, the progress and updated information for the International Conference on Goats in 2020, the financial report for 2017, statistics for Small Ruminant Research, committee reports, future projects, and the possibility for a Lifetime membership tier.
Learning from the history
The second meeting was in the morning on August 20th. In addition to the agenda from the first meeting, Mr. Erol Arik, Manager for Agriculture and Livestock at the Department of Rural Affairs and Geothermal Resources, made a presentation to introduce the 2nd Rural Development Meeting in Ankara-Turkey, June 2018.
Next, the Board participated in an exercise to learn the 35-year history of the IGA. This was facilitated by Dr. Christopher Lu, Active Advisory Board, and Christian De Vries, Executive Director of the IGA. Pieces of paper with keywords were distributed to each Board member to be sorted in chronological order. It was a fun and educational exercise that allowed us to visualize the progress of IGA from establishment to its most recent activities. The main history is available on the IGA website at https://www.iga-goatworld.com/blog/iga-history-20th-anniversary-keynote-address.
Later, the Board began discussion for a new Strategic Plan. The mission, vision, and strength and challenges of the IGA were confirmed. The previous Strategic Plan (2005 to 2010) was reviewed. Many of action plans of the 2005-2010 term were achieved while some of them are still challenges. Each committee member was assigned further progress for IGA activities. A good example of activities from the past includes “Atlas of Goat Products,” edited by Drs. Pierre Morand-Fehr and Lucia Sepe in 2004, that provides products information of goats in different regions and countries in the world. There were also many new ideas to improve our activities in the 2016-2020 term to contribute especially benefit to the IGA members, and a Strategic Planning Committee.
While these meetings and our schedule were intense and busy, there is no doubt that all of the IGA Board members had a great time in China.
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