The organizers faced difficulties in implementation of the Summit this year; however, they decided to make the Summit as a symbol of recovery. With their strong tie and efforts, the Summit was successfully conducted. Despite harsh accessibility due to reconstruction and damaged roads, the Summit welcomed more than 280 participants from all over the country.
- “Things that Goat Keeper Should Know” by Nobuo Kato, Director, Nagano Station, the National Livestock Breeding Center
- “Supporting Systems that Enhance Goat Production” by Akio Imai, the President of National Goat Network, Japan
- “Threads and Measures to Control Internal Parasitism in the U.S.A” by Yoko Tsukahara, Visiting Scholar, Langston University, USA
- “Basics of Livestock Sanitation and Disease Control” by Hozumi Tanaka, DVM.
- Life with Goats,
- Milk and Meat Processing,
- Goat Production,
- Goats in Education/Animal Therapy Using Goats,
- Weed Control Using Goats, and
- Introduction to Goat Management.
Presenters were divided into each meeting and participants selected a meeting according to their interests. In each session, there were more questions and answers, as well as deeper discussions.
Yuko Takahashi, IMA Cheese Factory, sold his “Chaus-Dake Chevre.” He is a cheese producer at Ima Farm, Nasu Kogen, Tochigi. He had learned goat cheese making in Germany in 2011 and is now producing high quality cheeses in his factory with his wife Yukari who is also an excellent cheese producer. Yuko has been honored as a Guild International of Fromage in November 2016, following his wife Yukari who received it in April, 2016.