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 "Full instrument validation " certification granted to FOSS MilkoScanT 7 RM.

Based on the data by the laboratory tests, MilkoScanT 7 RM by FOSS is the firts milk analyser to pass the ICAR established requirements ....

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.

Postponement of the ICAR 2020 Annual Conference in Leeuwarden (Holland)

the ICAR conference which was due to take place in Leeuwarden (08-12 June 2020) Holland, has been postponed to another year. More info here ....

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 ...

New information on the GenoEx users and on the breeds and accreditations (here)

GenoEx: a service for exchanging standardised sets of SNP for genotyped animals to facilitate parentage analysis activities

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