COVID-19 [CORONAVIRUS] AND THE GOAT INDUSTRY
Almost every goat producer is being affected by the current restrictions that have been enacted in efforts to control the spread of this virus. As livestock producers, those of us in the industry are familiar with biosecurity measures because we use them regularly. AGF urges everyone to be vigilant and take those biosecurity measures with them if traveling for groceries, or other necessities. Also, please self-quarantine when experiencing any respiratory symptoms, regardless of how minor they seem. Incubation time period is only 14 days - we all can survive that. At the same time, it is important that we all abide by the restrictions on gatherings, travel, and other activities.
Because the timing of restrictions, and removal of these restrictions is uncertain, many events are being canceled with short notice. AGF will try to keep our information updated, but while we are in the throes of this virus, check before assuming an event is still taking place.
Be safe, do your best to be happy, and be thankful you have goats to help alleviate the stress of this uncertain time.
[PROGRAM UPDATE: 4-22-20] The second round of funding for loans under this program was just approved: AGF was able to get approval for Goat industry businesses to be eligible to apply for loans under this program. It is important to move quickly if you intend to apply.
The American Goat Federation promotes and facilitates the development of all segments of the goat industry including dairy, meat and fiber, by encouraging sound public policy, enhancing production and marketing of goat products, and promoting research beneficial to our member organizations and all producers.
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The AMERICAN GOAT INITIATIVE
Mission: Advance the US Goat Industry through Education, Scientific Research and Collaboration.
Vision: Improve industry knowledge, vision and growth by educating producers, processors, distributors, marketers and consumers. Increase efficient production while ensuring product safety and food security by supporting and coordinating scientific research projects that meet the A.G.I. Mission.
News of Note
- USMAC (new North American Trade Deal) Clears House by a vote of 385 to 41.
- U.S. Senate approves FY2020 Appropriations Bill, following the House of Representatives vote on Tuesday, marking final passage of the legislation and averting the possibility of a government shutdown pending the president's signature. Of Interest to the American goat industry the bill includes funding for Wildlife Services damage management and methods development at or above fiscal year 2019 levels, funding for the Scrapie Eradication Program through USDA/APHISat roughly 2019 levels, funding the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, and providing a delay on the implementation of Electronic Logging Devices for livestock haulers through Sept. 30, 2020.
- Korean group of meat buyers to visit US sheep and goat farms this year. AGF member ranches will be included in the visit.
- An international team of scientists has said that they may have identified the origin of mad cow disease. BSE belongs to a group of rare neurodegenerative diseases such as Scrapie that are caused by mysterious infectious pathogens that affect humans and other animals. For a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences*, the team of scientists investigated the origins of BSE by injecting a particular variant of scrapie disease into mice which have been genetically modified with bovine DNA. The researchers say that, unexpectedly, the injection of the scrapie strain into the genetically modified mice resulted in the propagation of classical mad cow disease prions. These prions are present in natural form in the scrapie variant. Learn More
- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced Nov. 15 an open period for grant applications to support development and approval or conditional approval of new animal drugs intended to treat uncommon diseases (minor uses) in major species - horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens - or to treat minor species (MUMS). FDA said the individual award amount has been increased to a single funding level up to $250,000.
- Reps Smucker and Craig introduced Bipartisan Bill providing regulatory relief to Livestock Haulers. AGF wrote letter of support outlining goat industry needs for this bill.
- Goats and grazing cattle on different lands is paying off for producers in Iowa. Learn More
- FDA Releases Annual Report on Antibiotic Sales for Animals in 2018 Learn More
- Meat is Crucial for Feeding the Planet and Going Vegan is Not More Green, Say Scientists at Edinburgh University. "Often the argument is made that going vegan would minimize land use, and the modelling studies that have been done demonstrate that this is not the case." Professor Wilson said more research is needed.
- Kansas State University is offering a Graduate Certificate Program in Animal Health Regulatory Affairs. The program provides 15 credit hours that combine knowledge of animal science and veterinary medicine with skills needed to navigate government processes and regulations.
$1,000 Scholarships Available for ages 17-21
$500 Scholarships Available for ages 12-16
[funded by a grant from USDA/APHIS]
To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry and who hold a current membership, or whose parents or guardians are members in The American Goat Federation or any of its member organizations. [MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS: Alabama Meat Goat & Sheep Producers, American Boer Goat Association, American Dairy Goat Association, American Kiko Goat Association, Cashmere Goat Association, Hawaii Sheep & Goat Association, North American Pack Goat Association, North American Savannah Association, Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association] Find out More and/or APPLY
MEMBER SERVICES FROM AGF
- Free Marketing Page for Goats and Goat Products on the AGF Website that links to Goatzz.com where the information will also appear. AGF has partnered with Goatzz.com to create a stronger goat industry through our combined marketing efforts. On-site searching of member farms and member goats for sale is available. Each AGF member gets their own farm profile, plus other things and it is all free.
- Free excel-based Goat Production Recordkeeping and Performance Program for recording information about members' goats. The program, GHIP-AGF (Goat Herd Improvement Program) was developed by Dr. Ken Andries of Kentucky State University, a member of our Advisory Council and Past President of AGF. The program is personalized for each producer, and the program includes all information required by the Scrapie Eradication Program.
- Upgrade to Go360 bioTrack Program for discounted price, an advanced Recordkeeping & Performance Program designed and maintained by AgSights. AGF has partnered with AgSights to offer the Go360 bioTrack Program to our members for a discount off the price through February 28, 2020.
- Opportunities to add opinions and needs to national surveys that determine how federal money is spent (money that comes from the taxes goat producers pay).
- Opportunities to help find, initiate and support research that is beneficial to their operations.
- April 6-9, 2020:National Institute of Animal Agriculture Annual Conference - The Future of Global Protein, Manhattan, Kansas Learn More
- June 8-12, 2020: American Boer Goat Assoc National Show, Grand Island, Nebraska. AGF will exhibit there.
- June 9-13, 2020: Midwest Buck Sale, Sedalia, Missouri. AGF will exhibit there.
- June 14-16, 2020: National Grazing Lands Coalition first ever Summer Bus Tour - Nebraska. Learn More
- June 20-22, 2020: American Dairy Goat Assoc National Show, Grand Island,Nebraska. AGF will exhibit there. Learn More
- July 16-18, 2020: American Meat Goat Classic Show and Seminar, Greenfield, Indiana. Learn More
- July 17-19, 2020: Aggieland ATM Goat Camp, Texas, Learn More
- August 14-15, 2020: Texas Sheep & Goat Expo, San Angelo, Texas. AGF will exhibit and be in attendance.
- September 18-19, 2020: Pedigree International Seminar and 1st South African Savanna Goat Auction held in the USA, (seminar on the 18th, live broadcast auction on the 19th), Springfield, Missouri. AGF will exhibit and be in attendance. More Later
- October 5-12, 2020: American Dairy Goat Assoc Annual Convention, Syracuse, New York.
- October 28-31, 2020: National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana. AGF will exhibit and be in attendance.
Coxiellosis,Commonly Referred to as Q Fever
Johne's (pronounced: “YO-knees”)