The Japan Goat Network held the 15th Japan Goat Summit in Shobara City, Hiroshima on October 11-13, 2013. The Summit was entitled “Expansion of Goat Production for 6th Industrialization.” A total of 340 participants were present even though the location was 2.5 hrs away from the Hiroshima station.
Recently, people engaged in primary industries such as fishing and farming have started processing and marketing their products to improve income by adding value to the commodities, which they call “the 6th industrialization.”
The annual Summit this year introduced people from the 6th industry who cooperate with related enterprises in adjacent areas. Their activities include “education and rural development” and “activation of rural area” through goats and goat products. They are also trying to co-exist with beautiful natural environments and wild animals.
Lectures on management practices were given by staff members of the Nagano Station, National Livestock Breeding Center (NLBC), the Japan Livestock Technology Association, and the Goat Network Hiroshima on Friday Oct. 11. A keynote lecture, “A diversity and challenges of indigenous goats in Asia,” was made by Dr. Yoshio Yamamoto, Professor Emeritus of Hiroshima University. Nine case studies were introduced on Saturday, Oct. 12, followed by a round table discussion with 156 participants. A technical tour on Sunday, Oct. 13, entitled a visit of the Hiroshima Prefectural Livestock Research Center, which has quality “Kuroge Wagyu” (Japanese Black) bulls. Participants enjoyed observing an advanced robot milking machine and automated feeding systems. Technical seminars and practical training on hoof trimming, artificial insemination and electric fencing were also given by NLBC staff and Serge Miyawaki corp., the Gallagher agent.
Special thanks to Yoko Tsukahara for this report.
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.