«I am very happy, I hope to be able to represent well the ULPGC, the Veterinary Faculty of which I have been a professor since 2015 and the IUSA, and above all, what I hope is to be able to contribute something to the goat sector of our environment from this humble position which is the presidency of the IGA. In the Canary Islands, the goat sector is extremely important, and everything you can contribute to it from the International Association will be a pleasure. And, of course, we are happy to be able to continue showing the importance of the Canary Islands goats in the main international congresses “, said Noemí Castro, who will also have the ULPGC professor, Anastasio Argüello, both members on the IGA board of directors. of the research group in Animal Production and Biotechnology of the IUSA.
The International Association of goat studies chaired by the Veterinary professor, has among its objectives to promote research and development of goats for the benefit of humanity, to alleviate poverty, and improve the quality of life, mainly in the countries developing. «There is a widely used phrase that says that the goat is the cow of the poor. We, from the IGA, try to promote and improve goat production, in all those places where goats can bring prosperity.
The University of Las Palmas de Gran_Canaria is an international leader in research and transfer on goats thanks to the work carried out by IUSA researchers for decades in the fields of pathological anatomy, goat health, mycoplasmas, animal reproduction. .
Among them are Noemí Castro and Anastasio Argüello, whose main lines of research focus on the transfer of passive immunity and the quality of products of animal origin. «We work a lot on the issue of animal production, the quality of products, cheeses and milk, as well as the transfer of passive immunity, which consists of trying to find ways to help reduce the mortality of goats in the first days of life, which is one of the main losses that goat farms have worldwide. It is the failure of immunity of these animals, when they do not ingest colostrum properly. This is one of our priority lines in which we have been working at the ULPGC for 20 years », indicated Professor Castro, who has been an advisor to farmers in Gran Canaria, developing a plan to improve milk quality -Cabildo de Gran Canaria , 2000-2002-; and is a member of the scientific committees of the International Goat Association and of the small ruminants of the American Dairy Science Association.
Professor Anastasio Argüello is also part of the new Board of Directors of the IGA
The IUSA researcher highlighted the importance of the aforementioned livestock sector in the Canary Islands, as one of the most important economic engines of the Archipelago, “as supported by the international awards in the world cheese tasting competition, which add value to cheese factories islanders and the families that live off goat farming, “he stressed.
Despite the fact that its census, compared to other dairy goats in the world, is much smaller, the Canarian goat is highly recognized internationally, surprising, above all, its productive and adaptive capacity. “For the scientific community, one of the things that astonishes them the most is the fact that in such a small geographic space we have three different breeds of goats – Palm, Tenerife and Majorera.”
Canarian scientists excel in passive immunity and animal production studies
It also draws attention, according to the new president of the IGA, the milk production capacity of the Canarian goat, not only in terms of quantity, but also the quality of the milk -proteins and fats-; and its ability to adapt -especially of the majorera-, to arid areas. “In difficult environmental conditions, they continue to produce milk in quantity and quality, as our wonderful goat cheeses show. That is what we convey in congresses and in GIA meetings to colleagues from other countries.