Introducing ICAR

The International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) which was formed on March 9th, 1951, in Rome. Presently it is composed of 115 Members from 57 countries.  ICAR now strives to be the leading global provider of Guidelines, Standards and Certification for animal identification, animal recording and animal evaluation. ICAR wants to improve the profitability, and sustainability of farm animal production by:

  • Establishing and maintaining guidelines and standards for best practice in all aspects of animal identification and recording.
  • Certifying equipment, and processes used in animal identification, recording and genetic evaluations.
  • Stimulating and leading: continuous improvement, innovation, research, knowledge development, and knowledge exchange.
  • Providing services essential to achieving international collaboration in key aspects of animal recording and animal breeding.



With the Guidelines and services, ICAR helps the creation of quality based animal production systems around the world; connected systems that are beneficial to both our 87 full members, our 30 associate members as well as farmers, legislators and consumers. This way, ICAR wants to contribute to a sustainable food chain, while keeping in mind what is beneficial to the open markets long term.



ICAR is there for its members, both in developed and emerging markets: farm and breeding organizations facilitating ‘their’ local farmers in data-recording and evaluation of production animals. Ultimately this data should help farmers to make management (including breeding) decisions and produce healthy, safe and sustainable food in a valuable way. Therefore, ICAR cooperates closely with those organizations that provide products and services to our members in the recording and genetic process and in farm management information.

The Proficiency Test for milk laboratories finalised (November 2017)

The PT and the Reports for the Reference and Routine methods for milk laboratories (54 world-wide laboratories) finalised. More info here ...

The ICAR Newsletter (issue October 2017) has been published and made available on the site

The issue (October 2017) contains a "Word" from the new President (Jay Mattison) and focuses on the latest news from the ICAR Groups ...

The 2018 ICAR Conference is in Auckland, NZ. (7-11 Feb.) in congiunction with WCGALP

Registartion and Call for paper are now open ( For more info about the Conference please visit here ....

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