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 128 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.

Video and slides of the webinar on the international evaluations for beef cattle

120 participants joined the webinar targeted to organizations aiming to international genetic evaluations for meat cattle. Video available ...

Up-coming ICAR/IDF workshop on Animal-based indicators to promote welfare in cows

During the ICAR Annual Conference, a virtual workshop on Welfare assessment is organised on 26 April. Registrations: www.registrationicar2021.nl/

A new platform for collecting data on "Cow, sheep and goats milk recording systems"

Various statistics are available on production, numbers of animals/herds, local species, fertility, type of lactation calculation et al.

ICAR 2021 Annual Conference in Leeuwarden (NL) 26-30 April 2021 will be virtual ...

Registration is still open. The Conference will be managed as a live and remote event based on a specific web platform .....

"Development and Application of a Certified Reference Material for SCC in Milk"

The EC JRC launched a new certified reference material for SCC in milk. Slides and the recorded webinar, assisted by 130 technicians, available here

The latest ICAR Newsletter (January 2021 issue) is now freely available

The issue focuses on the activities of the ICAR Groups done in the last months, their plans for the future and on the 2021 Annual Conference

Despite the Covid-19, the September round of the ICAR PT for milk labs finalised

30 world-wide laboratories took part in the Proficiency Test and each of them already received the personal report (Reference and Routine lab)

ICAR-IDF webinar on “Frameworks for animal welfare assessment and stakeholder needs"

The webinar will be held on 24 February 2021 (h. 15.00 – 16:30, Paris time). Five speakers from SRUC, OIE, ISO TC, SSAFE, SEGES

2021 call for accreditation of genetic laboratories is open. Deadline 10 June 2021

The 2021 accreditation of genetic laboratories (SNP-based genotyping and STR microsatellite-based parentage testing in cattle) is open

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