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
A new set of Guidelines on "Lameness in bovine" has been published
Thanks to the Functional Traits WG, Guidelines on "Lameness in bovine" have been published witin Section 7 of the ICAR Guidelines.
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
Aim of the SMARTER is studying a model of genetic selection to increase resistance and efficiency in small ruminants. More info ...
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