During the 11th International Conference on Goats, held in 2012 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), the Board of the International Goat Association (IGA) authorized the Hungarian Sheep and Goat Dairying Public Utility Association to organise a European Regional Conference on Goats in 2014 in cooperation with the Romanian goat industry.
Based on an agreement between the Hungarian and Romanian Country Representatives of the IGA, the conference would be commonly organised as a Hungarian‐Romanian event. The conference would mainly take place in Hungary (Debrecen), while the last day’s program would be carried out in Romania (Oradea). The two countries hereby invite all interested parties that have any involvement in goats to this event.
Dear IGA members, goat breeders and keepers, scientists working in research and development of goats!
The Hungarian Sheep and Goat Dairying Public Utility Association and the Local Organising Committee*, as well as the Romanian Organising Committee** cordially invite you to take part in the European Regional Conference on Goats in Hungary and Romania, in 2014.
Although Central and Eastern Europe have a long‐standing tradition regarding goat breeding, only one regional IGA conference has been organised in this region (in Constanca, 2006). It is therefore time to present our results in the goat sector to the rest of the world, while showcasing the developments of the IGA and larger goat industry to Hungarian, Romanian and European people and scientists. We have completed several projects with Central and Eastern European universities, breeding societies and institutions, ensuring an interesting, useful and unforgettable conference on goats in 2014.
We are convinced that more than 25 years after the total reorganisation of the Hungarian and Romanian economies – right in the center of Europe – it would be an interesting experience for IGA members and the larger goat community to visit Hungary and Romania. While Europe is experiencing an economic slow‐down, we consider it an appropriate time to demonstrate how the goat industry can alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods of rural people.
Over the last decades, several international conferences have been organised by the Hungarian agricultural sector with great success. Some examples include: Annual Meetings of the European Association for Animal Production (1970, 1986, 2001), Machine Milking of Small Ruminants (1993), Sheep and Goat Production in Central and Eastern European Countries (1997), The Present and Future of Sheep Industry in the EU (2008) etc.
The regional conference will include, apart from plenary and parallel sessions, both technical and pre‐ and post conference tours, which will show the participants a variety of goat farms. An interesting and varied social programme will enhance the opportunities for delegates to network with associates as well as to enjoy the Hungarian cultural heritage. The fascinating pre‐ and post‐conference tours will not only focus on goats, but will also highlight the best of what Hungary and the western part of Romania has to offer.
Accompanying persons are warmly welcomed to join the special programmes and tours organised for them and also to join the social events of the conference. Our Local Organising Committee is supported by experienced members who have organised meetings, congresses, and conferences on national and international level. However, we will rely on the services of a Professional Conference Organiser, Altagra Business Services. This PCO company has been helping our activities successfully on national and international levels for several years.
Looking forward to meeting you in Hungary and Romania in 2014!
Prof. Dr. Sándor KUKOVICS
President: Hungarian Sheep and Goat Dairying Public Utility Association
Director: Hungarian Sheep Products’ Council
Regional director: IGA
* Including the Hungarian Sheep Products’ Council, the Hungarian Sheep and Goat Breeders’ Association, the Research Institute for Animal Breeding and Nutrition, the University of Debrecen, the Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, the National Agricultural Advisory, Educational and Rural Development Institute, the Y‐FOOD Ltd, and the Altagra Business Ltd
** Including Caprirom Romanian Goat Breeders’ Association, the Research Institute development for Sheep and Goat Breeding‐Constanta , the Banat University of Timisoara, and the University of Oradea