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.

Accreditation of labs for parentage verification by STR and SNP finalised

The accreditation of genetic labs. for parentage verification by STR and SNP has been finalised. 12 world-wide labs have been granted

The 2020 round of the ICAR PT for milk labs has been launched. Two Rounds are planned

In 2020, for the Proficiency Test for milk laboratories two rounds are planned: in March and Septembre. More information available here ...

The Proceedings of the ICAR Conference held in Prague in June 2019 are now available

Focussed on new traits and adding value for the recording and the ID, the issue collects 60 papers from the best professionals of the sector

The last issue of the ICAR Newsletter (September 2019) has been published

The issue focuses on the ICAR Prague Annual Conference, on the latest news from the Groups and on the news on the Smarter Project

ICAR annual conference in 2020 (8-12 June) in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

The central theme of the event is the circular economy and its impact and challenges in animal performance recording. Site: www.icar2020.nl

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 ...

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