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 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.

The Proceedings of the ICAR 2022 Annual Conference (Montreal) have been published.

The Proceedings, Presentations, Abstracts, pictures and videos of the ICAR 2022 Annual Conference in Montreal have been made available

Webinar on "Large-scale recording of feed intake in dairy cattle on commercial farms"

Slides and video of the webinar have been made available. Around 200 technicians took part and shared experiences have been presented

On 28 March, webinar "New ICAR/IDF project on the use of infrared data - ExtraMIR"

This webinar aims to introduce the ExtraMIR, a project to foster work in relation to Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) technologies

One webinar on two dates: 25 & 26 January on "Release of the Animal Data Exchange standard

The V. 1.3 release provides fixes and improvements to previous versions, and adds specifications for a streaming data synchronisation

The IDF-ICAR initiative about ExtraMIR has been launched

project with the overall goal to offer a more complete and deeper understanding of the activities related to the use of Mid Infrared (MIR) spectra

Information on the ICAR 2023 Annual Conference in Toledo (Spain) from 21 to 26 May

A preliminary draft of the web site has been prepared and the Programme and the Call for contributions will be circulated by January 2023

"Call for the ICAR Proficiency Test for milk laboratories (Reference and Routine methods)

In 2023, two rounds are planned: in March and in September 2023. It complies with analytical quality assurance requirements ISO 17025

Informative material from the webinar on ICAR Proficiency Test (incuding video and PPTs)

Two different kind of reports (for Reference and Routine methods) have been produced and already distributed to the laboratories

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, Arthur van Schendelstraat 650, 3511 MJ Utrecht, The Netherlands - Email: icar@icar.org