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.

Recorded video-conference on the "Implementation of the ICAR ADE standards"

In the meeting three projects based on the ADE standards have been presented (iDDEN, Lely and M&LNZ). Video of the meeting is available ...

ICAR-IDF organised a webinar on "Animal-based indicators to promote welfare in cows"

Arround 300 participants joined the webinar where 3 speakers presented the latest concepts on animal welfare. Recorded video available ...

The ICAR Atlas on Claw Health (2nd edition) and its appendixes are available (Feb 2020)

Appendixes 1: Digital Dermatitis Stages (M-stages) and Appendix 2: Digital Dermatitis-Associated Claw Horn Lesions are also freely available

Two new Guidelines on "Feed Intake" and "Methane Emission" have been published

The two new Guidelines focus on selection and genetic evaluation for the feed intake (Section 19) and the methane emission (Section 20)

The new issue of the ICAR Newsletter (July 2020) is now available for downlaoding

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Annual meeting, the issue lists the achievements of the ICAR Groups since the last annual meeting held in Prague

ICAR is one the 27 Partners of the SMARTER EU Project, involving 30 stakeholders

The 3rd issue of the SMARTER Newsletter, reporting the achievements of the last 6 months available at: https://bit.ly/2Xm90Ux

Despite the lock down imposed by the Covid-19, the ICAR PT for milk labs finalised

The first round of the 2020 of the ICAR Proficiency Test for milk laboratoris finalised, with 40 labs who provided their data

Joint IDF and ICAR initiative to improve consistency in milk somatic cell counting

The EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) announced the launch of the first certified reference materials for SCC, in a joint project of the IDF ICAR

The 2020 call for the accreditation of genetic laboratories for parentage testing

Submission for the call of 2020 ICAR accreditation for genetic labs is now open until 18 June. The process will finalise by Sept. 2020

ICAR, Via Savoia 78, sc. A int. 3, 00198 Rome, Italy - Email: icar@icar.org