Special thanks to Irma Del Rosario Celi Mariátegui and Jean-Marie Luginbuhl for translating this article into English and sharing it with the IGA community.
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, the VIII Goat Show of the Chillón River Valley took place in the picnic area “Aqui me Quedo,” located at kilometer 39 of the highway Lima-Canta in the locality of Trapiche. The event was organized by the Ecological Village Livestock Center, The Santa Rosa Office of Agriculture - Agriculture Agency of Canta of the General Directorate of Agriculture (Lima Regional Government), and the Santa Rosa de Quives town hall. The sponsors were the Ecology Institute for Development (IED), the Perulactea network, the Technological Private Institute of Higher Education in Agricultural Techniques (INTAP), Veterinaria San Martin and Moligranjeros S.A.C.
After the opening ceremony by the Mayor of Trapiche and before the start of the competitions, a short presentation was made about the importance of lineal assessment in dairy goats, and especially the criteria to take into account to choose a good dairy animal. The presentation was given by Dr. Irma Del Rosario Celi Mariátegui, Animal Science Engineer and visiting professor/researcher of the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), and professor at the Universidad Científica del Sur (UCSUR). Dra. Irma Del Rosario Celi Mariátegui is a goat specialist with training from Spain and Mexico in judging techniques in dairy goats.
This competition involved the farmers from the Upper and the Lower Chillón River basin with their animals.
Upper Chillón river basin
In this contest, each goat was milked by his/her owner. The previously-registered animals had gone through a control milking the day before at the same time, to ensure that the production of each animal the day of the contest resulted from the same time period. The milking was performed in the presence of Dr. Edgar Villanueva Rangel of the Ecological Village Livestock Center S.A.C., who was the selected judge. The winners were:
DAIRY GOAT JUDGING BY TYPE
For this contest, the categories evaluated during the judging were the following:
The evaluation standards used in dairy goats are similar to those used in dairy cattle. For does (primiparous and multiparous), four criteria with different weighting were considered:
The Goat Show of the Chillón River Valley (Lima) is gaining more and more importance, both for the quality of the exhibited animals, the variety of products made from goat milk and goat meat, and the promotion of goat breeding, thanks to the organized efforts of producers’ associations, private companies and academic institutions that recognized that goats are a species that is unfairly under-valued. The scene is encouraging and conducive to continue working in the goat production value chain that deserves an important place within the Peruvian animal production industry.
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.