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.
9/15/2017 11:56:53 am
Where is the nearest market or available goats in tokuhama?i want more than 100 goats
9/22/2017 10:17:20 am
There are 3 goat markets in Japan annually; Aichi in June, Nagano in July, and Gunma in August. Usually, the Aichi market sells more goats than others although it would be difficult to buy 100 goats at a market. The Japan Goat Network can assist you to make contacts with goat producers directly if you are interested in. Contact me or the Network for more details.
9/21/2018 05:14:35 pm
me from Nepal, currently visiting Japan for a short period. Backhome I am working as a consultant on forage goat meat production. anow keen to observe/discuss you people share the experiences especially onJapanese breed and Boer Goats. 2018 Sep 22
9/22/2018 02:27:37 pm
You may want to contact Dr. Hayashi, the IGA country representative of Japan. He is also a secretariat of the Japan Goat Network and professor at Meijo University, Kasugai, Aichi, Japan. The Japan Goat Network is holding the annual meeting entitled "Japan Goat Summit" on October 13-14, 2018 at Ibaragi University, Mito, Ibaragi. It's a national conference on goats and many of goat related researchers, producers, and consumers are attending from all over the country. You may want to attend the meeting if your time allows.
2/3/2021 10:00:31 am
Thank you for contacting IGA. In Japan, the importation of exotic breeds (both live and semen) is very restricted to avoid the importation of infectious diseases, especially in the last two decades. Angora goats are not an exception and very limited in the country; you can probably find them in the zoo or agritourism farms where you may want to talk about purchasing some, although they may not be purebred/full blood animals. In the past, I saw some Angoras on the Rokkosan Farm (https://www.rokkosan.net/) in Kobe, where would be the closest to Shikoku. They also have a lot of sheep.
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