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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.9
March 13, 2008

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BEST CHEESE is a GOAT CHEESE IN NEW ZEALAND

Goats cheese named NZ's best A young goats cheese aged just three months whose name means "upstart" has been named New Zealand's best cheese. Crescent Dairy Goats also won the Champion Original Cheese Award with its Flat White Cheeses. They were among the more than 400 entries for the fifth annual Champion of Cheese Awards. Master Judge Neil Willman says a winning cheese must taste good and have a visual appeal, similar to sex appeal.

FATAL BRAIN DISEASE OUTBREAK

Five Ottawa County goats have been diagnosed with a fatal and contagious disease found in goats and sheep. The Grand Rapids Press reports the goats came from the same herd and include some that have been transferred to other farms. One of them was a 3-year-old female whose diagnosis had been reported earlier this week. State agriculture officials say all goats in the affected herds have been destroyed to stem the spread of Scrapie, a disease similar to mad cow in cattle and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. Itís not known to pose a risk to humans. The nationís first reported case of Scrapie occurred in Michigan in 1947

SAVE THE GOATS CAMPAIGN GOES ON IN NEW ZEALAND

An international effort is under way to save rare goats marked for death on an island in the Marlborough Sounds. Rare-breed enthusiasts from New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom have joined forces to raise money to rescue some of the Arapawa goats before a cull on Arapawa Island. The goats are believed to have descended from a few left on the island by Captain Cook in 1773 and 1777 and to be a unique species. However, the Department of Conservation says the animals are ravaging unique plant species on the island and their numbers need to be controlled.

VACCINATION PLAN IN EU for GOATS

EU Panel Backs Bluetongue Vaccination Plan A European Union veterinary panel approved Wednesday a 72.5 million euro ($110 million) vaccination plan to try to prevent the spread of the insect-borne virus bluetongue that affects goats, sheep and cattle. The EU has warned that the disease may become endemic in many EU countries. The panel says vaccination is the most efficient measure to fight bluetongue and reduce the loss of animals. The EU aid will help pay for vaccinations in countries where outbreaks have been discovered to try to prevent further cases.

Once present only in southern Europe, the disease has recently been detected in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Britain, and the spread shows no signs of stopping. More than 14,000 outbreaks have been registered in this region last year, EU officials have said. Bluetongue is not harmful to humans, but can be fatal for ruminant animals, especially sheep. It is transmitted by certain species of midges -- small flies -- once common only in Mediterranean climes. Experts say the insect has moved further north due to global warming. Various new forms of the virus have been detected in the EU.

SNOW KILLS 40 GOATS IN CANADA

Heavy snow pack on the roof is being blamed for the partial collapse of a barn that killed more than 40 goats in eastern Ontario on Friday morning. No one was injured in the collapse at St-Eugene, just southeast of Hawkesbury. The barn's owners say they plan to rebuild the damaged structure.

GOATS VICTIM OF MALAYSIAN POLITICS

The election fever sweeping the country has hit two goats in a village and one of the animals has died. The South African Boer goats had been sprayed with green paint on Wednesday at Kampung Endong where they were grazing. "I noticed that two of my goats had been sprayed with green paint all over except for a circle on their side. It looked like the symbol of the moon," said the breeder of the animals, who owns 25 goats. He said one of the goats died yesterday and the owner i said he believes the act was the work of people who were angry with him for turning his house into a Barisan Nasional (BN) base

GOATS ONE - HUNTERS NIL

A man is in a stable condition in Auckland hospital after accidentally being shot with an arrow while goat hunting. The 24-year-old man and friends were hunting for goats in dense bush when a fellow hunter shot him in the chest.

GOATS and GUNS in KASHMIR

The booming guns can now get a dose of bleating goats. A park near the Line of Control will soon be home to the endangered Markhor goats. The Jammu and Kashmir government is setting up the Qazinag National Park in Uri ó the fourth in the state ó to conserve the goats as well as other endangered species like the musk deer, leopards and the brown bear. The park will be carved out of the Limber and Lachipora wildlife sanctuaries and the Nagnari conservation reserve. The state cabinet has given its nod to set up the park, which will be spread over 89sqkm. Our primary target is the conservation of Markhor goats, although the park will also be home to other endangered animals, the stateís chief wildlife warden said. The large Himalayan goats have a reddish brown coat, the males adding to their beauty quotient with their spiral horns and long mane. Email all your news, information and input for the website and newsletter

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