Dr Carina Visser elected as Vice-President of IGA

Posted on November 06, 2012

Goat production is an important livestock sector in South Africa. However, the production of goats is also recognised internationally, especially for the contribution they make to the livelihoods of resource-poor communities. Goat production systems face various challenges, including the increase in poverty in developing countries, the effects of climate change and the global energy crisis. To address these challenges, interaction between scientists from different disciplines becomes crucial.

The conference included scientific sessions on goat nutrition, reproduction, health, management and genetics, as well as round-table discussions and special seminars on the role of goats in the fight against poverty. Dr Visser was invited as the main speaker in the session on “Genetic improvement of goat-produced fibres” and presented an overview of selection strategies in the Angora goat industry. Prof Donkin offered an oral presentation as well as posters on recent research with the UP Milk Goat Project and was involved in several round-table discussions and IGA Board meetings. Delegates visited milk-goat farms in Gran Canaria and had the opportunity to interact with farmers and their animals.

The University of Pretoria has had a long-standing relationship with the International Goat Association (www.iga-goatworld.com).

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