Niagara, 2008

For the 36th ICAR Biennial Session held in Niagara Falls (16-20 June 2006) the following informative material are available

The presented files are available hereby:


PDF files presented at the 36th ICAR Session held in Niagara Falls, 16-20 June 2006

Monday 16 June

ICAR Reference Laboratory Network (joint meeting with North American Laboratory Managers Association)

8:00 12:00 O. Leray
8:20 8:50 ICAR Reference Laboratory Network introduction, history and objectives; ICAR analytical strategy – international platform for analytical harmonization; International anchorage – overall analytical traceability and uncertainty, qualifying RMs O. Leray
8:50 9:10 Interlaboratory reference systems and centralised calibration – prerequisites and standard optimum procedures O. Leray
9:40 10:00 The way to reference systems and centralised calibration for milk recording testing – present status in Germany C. Baumgartner
10:20 10:40 Reference system and centralised calibration for milk recording testing in Argentina R. Castañeda
10:40 11:00 Reference system and centralised calibration for milk (payment) testing in USA D. Barbano
11:00 11:30 Assessment of laboratory performances and analytical equivalence in milk testing in North America P. Sauvé

Monday 16 June
North American Lab Managers Association

13:00 18:00  
13:00 13:15 Opening remarks and introductions J. High
13:15 13:30 How NALMA was formed and its working purpose R. Bealer
13:30 13:50 North American statistical overviewCanadian Dairy Lab Network S. Sievert and B. Corrigan
13:50 14:20 Qlip Laboratory – application of RFID in central milk testing logistics H. van den Bijgaart
14:20 14:50 Central Counties DHIA – daily use of a robot with sample analysis C. Hackler
14:50 15:20 Sample preparation on farm and handling large herds in laboratory S. Taylor, A. Duran
15:20 16:00 New Zealand – seasonal challenges in the laboratory G. Scott
16:30 16:50 QCS auditing and on-line Web use of “unknowns” program P. Sauvé
16:50 17:30 Milk and protecting it against agri-terrorism C. Thompson
17:30 18:00 Milk disease control through milk ELISA testing T. Byrem

Tuesday 17 June

North American Lab Managers Association

8:30 9:15 Milk testing equipment overview
–  500 Combi VHS (video)
–  Bentley
–  DHI-Provo
–  DHI Test Day’s Status Quo Changing
Advanced Equipment, Bentley Instruments, FOSS
9:15 9:45 Robotic Sampling devices BouMatic, DeLaval, Lely

Tuesday 17 June

ID Summit

8:00 15:00 Ole Hansen
8:00 9:45 Presentation of ICAR and the ICAR Subcommittee
10:15 12:00 Electronic Identification
13:00 15:00 Plastic ear tags with or without electronic identification
Approval of official permanent eartags in France S. Duroy
 DHI Managers


Wednesday 18 June


8:00 9:30 ICAR General Assembly I


Report by the President

Report by the Secretary General

ICAR Certificate of Quality

Next ICAR Sessions

Latvia presentation (Video)

ICAR Opening Session and Session I

10:00 10:10 Welcome address Mark Adam
10:10 10:30 Overview of US Animal Agriculture Jay Mattison
10:30 11:10 Dairy Farmers of America Greg Wickham
11:10 11:45 U.S. Department of Agriculture (invited) Bruce Knight
11:45 12:20 Desmond Murphy S.C. Erin Ogden

Wednesday 18 June

WS 1 Use of Genomic Tools in Animal Breeding

13:30 16:00 Reinhard Reents
13:30 13:40 Introduction R. Reents
13:40 14:20 High-throughput genotyping of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in livestock species and bull selection strategies using genomic estimated breeding values L. Schaeffer
14:20 14:35 Genomic selection in New Zealand and the implications for national genetic evaluation B. Harris
14:35 14:50 Incorporation of genotype effects into animal model evaluations when only a small fraction of the population has been genotyped E. Baruch
14:50 15:05 Genomic data and cooperation result in faster progress P. VanRaden
15:05 15:20 Genomic evaluations in the United States and Canada: a collaboration G. Wiggans
15:20 15:40 Distribution and location of genetic effects for dairy traits J. Cole
15:40 15:55 SNPs for parentage testing, individual identification, and traceability B. Woodward
Status of genomic selection in The Netherlands René van der Linde

Wednesday 18 June

WS 2 Manufacturers’ Showcase

16:30 18:30 Frank Armitage – Introduction
16:30 16:50 Management of individual cows in large herds – a challenge to modern dairy farming N. Pinsky,G. Katz, Afikim
16:50 17:10 Tissue sampling with animal ID H. Winkeler, Caisely
17:10 17:30 DelProTM Herd Management and Automation for stanchion barns F. Mazeris, DeLaval
17:30 17:50 PathoProofTM Mastitis PCR Assay M. Koskinen, Finnzymes
17:50 18:10 HerdNavigator: Pro-active Herd Management S. Kold- Christensen, Foss

Thursday 19 June

2.1 ID Techniques

Thursday 19 June
8:00 10:00 Ole Kleis Hansen – Introduction
8:00 8:20 New developments in test procedures for animal RFID based on ISO 11784 and ISO 11785 K. van’t Klooster
8:20 8:40 Performance criteria and test of ICAR-approved tags B. Rickard
9:00 9:30 Use of electronic identification in herd management system in a 3,500-cow herd
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T. Thompson
9:30 9:50 Experience with bovine electronic identification in Germany N. Wirtz

Thursday 19 June

2.2 The Importance of Recording of AI Data for the Genetic System

8:00 10:00 Alain Malafosse
8:00 8:30 The context of AI from service to genetic progress: necessity to record and process AI data J. Philipsson
8:30 9:00 Various systems used to record and process AI data on farms: summary of the ICAR questionnaire L. Journaux
9:00 9:30 Use of insemination data in cattle breeding: some experiences from Ireland A. Cromie
9:30 10:00 Valorization of AI data on farms by technicians: the French experience A. Malafosse
Use and Added Value of AI Data for Genetic Evaluation and Dairy Cattle Improvement G. Kistemaker & B. Van Doormaal

Thursday 19 June

2.3 Milk Recording

8:00 10:00 Enrico Santus
8:00 8:20 The impact of new technologies on performance recording and genetic evaluation of dairy and beef cattle in Ireland A. Cromie
8:20 8:40 Comparison of different models for estimating daily yields from a.m./p.m. milkings in Slovenian dairy scheme J. Jenko
8:40 9:00 Quality Assurance for milking machines and recording devices K. De Koning
9:00 9:20 Estimation of fat and protein yields in dairy cattle from one milk sample per day in herds milked twice a day U.S. Nielsen
9:20 9:40 Tru-Test electronic Milk Meter – practical field use by AgSource/CRI (Video) P. Jandrin
9:40 10:00 Supplemental testing on milk recording samples T. Byrem

Thursday 19 June

2.4 Alpaca

8:00 10:00 Marco Antonini
8:00 8:25 ICAR Guidelines for alpaca shearing management, fibre harvesting and grading M. Antonini
8:25 8:50 Genetic Improvement Programmes Alpaca of the Caylloma Province – Promege C. Pacheco
8:50 9:15 ITALPACA: The first experience of Alpaca Genetic Improved programme in Europe G. Berna
9:15 9:40 Recording systems method in domestic South American camelids  roundtable

Thursday 19 June

3.1 Small Dairy Species Recording

10:30 12:00 Jean-Michel Astruc
10:30 10:35 Introduction J.M. Astruc
10:35 10:55 Effect of combining controlled natural mating with artificial inseminationon the genetic structure of the flock book of Sardinian breed sheep S. Salaris
10:55 11:15 SIEOL: implementing a global information system for genetic and techno-economic support for dairy sheep in France J.M. Astruc
11:15 11:35 Selecting milk composition and mastitis resistance by using a part lactation sampling design in French Manech red faced dairy sheep breed F. Barillet
11:35 11:55 Productivity of Slovenian Alpine goat in the conventional and organic farming system D. Kompan

Thursday 19 June

3.2 Offering Value-Added Products and Services

10:30 12:00 Mark Adam
10:30 10:45 Marketing value-added in milk recording products and services P. Baier
10:45 11:00 Alternative modeling of body condition score from Walloon Holstein cows to develop management tools C. Bastin
11:00 11:15 Development of a milk transport security system C. Thompson
11:15 11:30 Integration of quality certification programs into management of milk recording providers in the United States S. Sievert
11:30 11:45 Estimation of breeding values of total milk yield of Egyptian buffalo under different production systems S. Abou-bakr
11:45 12:00 Evolution of registration systems in South America and Argentina M. Russ

Thursday 19 June

3.3 New Technologies in the Field of Recording and Managing AI Data

10:30-12:00 Laurent Journaux Introduction
10:30 10:45 Automatic systems to identify semen straws: why and how? A. Malafosse
10:45 11:10 Utilization of bar code of trace semen from bulls to straws E. Walbaum
11:10 11:25 Reading bar code on farms: issues and challenger J. Wiersma
11:25 11:45 Harmonization of barcode numbers: toward an ICAR recommendation U. Witschi
11:45 12:00 Other automatic systems for reading semen straws: RFID, magnetic links, etc. E. Rehben
Feasibility of RFID identification for tracing bull semen L. Marguin

Friday 20 June

WS 3 Impact of New Technologies on Performance Recording & Genetic Evaluation

8:00 10:15 Daniel Abernethy
8:00 8:20 Retrofitting genetic-economic indexes to demonstrate responses to selection across 2 generations of Holsteins H. D. Norman
8:20 8:40 Potential estimation of mineral contents in cow milk using mid-infrared spectrometry H. Soyeurt
8:40 9:00 Automated daily analysis of milk components and automated cow behavior meter: developing new applications in the dairy farm A. Arazi
9:00 9:20 Cow management and milk recording records for cows moved between multiple geographic locations but managed as a single-site farm J. Van Almelo
9:20 9:40 On-farm technologies – challenges and opportunities for DHI and genetic improvement programs R. Cantin
9:40 10:00 Assuring quality in milk recording analysis on-farm – principles and O. Leray
Impact of new on-farm technologies in dairy cattle breeding F. Miglior

Friday 20 June

4 Presentation of Subcommittees, Task Forces and Working Groups

10:45 12:30 Uffe Lauritsen
Activities of SCs TFs and WGs U. Lauritsen
Animal identification SC O. Hansen
Interbull SC R. Reents
Recording devices SC U. Lauritsen
Milk analysis SC O. Leray
Developing countries TF B. Besbes
Pig recording TF M. Kovac
Genetic analysis WG P. Ajmone
Animal recording data WG E. Rehben
Lactation calculation method WG F. Miglior
Conformation recording WG D. Hewitt
Functional traits WG E. Strandberg
Beef performance recording WG J. van der Westhuizen
AI & other relevant technologies WG L. Journaux
Milk recording in sheep WG J.M. Astruc
Milk recording in goats WG D. Kompan
Animal fibre WG M. Antonini
InterBeef WG B. Wickham
Parentage recording WG D. Koorn

Friday 20 June

5 New Technologies

13:30-15:15 Kaivo Ilves
13:30 13:45 Evaluation of different visual image analysis methods to estimate of body measurements in cattle A.R. Onal
13:45 14:00 Use of the dairy records database to establish benchmarks and estimates for potential economic improvements of individual herds P. Giacomini
14:00 14:15 Using EDI international standard messages for cattle data exchanges between farms and collective data bases R. Rognant
14:15 14:30 Mobile phone solutions in Finnish milk recording J. Kyntäjä
14:30 14:45 Two years’ experience in use of the Transition Cow Index as a tool to improve dairy herd management R. LaCroix
14:45 15:00 A new approach to perform analysis of milk components into real time sensor G. Katz



Applying parameter of body-shape in the automation of
dairy cow Body Conditioning Scoring
M. Klopčič, I. Halachmi, P. Polak, A. White, R. Boyce & D. Roberts


Special session Programme

1st session: Chair Alain Malafosse: The importance of recording of AI data for the genetic systems
1 The context of AI from service to genetic progress: necessity
to record and process AI data
J. Philipsson Invited Speaker
2.Various systems used to record and process AI data on farms
2.1 Summary of a questionnaire on this topic L. Journaux
2.2 Integration of AI data in genetic systems
3 Examples of valorisation of AI data to provide services.


2nd session: Chair Laurent Journaux: New technologies in the field of recording and managing AI data
1 Automatic systems to identify semen straws: why and how? A. Malafosse
1.1 Utilisation of bar code to trace semen from bulls to straws. IMV
1.2 Printing straws at customers requests issues &challenges
1.3 Reading bar code on farms Issues and challenges
1.4 Harmonisation of bar code numbers: towards an ICAR recommendation U. Witchi
2 Other automatic system for reading semen straws: RFID , magnetic inks etc Louise Marguin
3 Usage of automatic reading systems to ensure semen traceability.


Meeting of ICAR Reference Laboratory Network in Niagara Falls (USA) on
16th of June 2008 (8.00-12.00)

  • Opening the meeting.
  • Welcome and round table for presentation
  • Introduction – ICAR Reference Laboratory Network history and objectives
  • ICAR analytical strategy – International platform for analytical harmonisation – International anchorage, overall analytical traceability & uncertainty, qualifying RMs by O. Leray (Cecalait, FR)
  • Interlaboratory reference systems and centralised calibration – Prerequisites and standard optimum procedures by O. Leray (Cecalait, FR)
  • The way to reference systems and centralised calibration for milk recording testing – Present status in Germany by Christian Baumgartner (Milchprüfring Bayern e.V.,DE)
  • Reference system and centralised calibration for milk recording testing in Argentina by Roberto Castañeda (Inti-Lacteos, AR)
  • Reference system and centralised calibration for milk (payment) testing in USA, by David Barbano (Cornell University, US
  • Assessment of laboratory performances and analytical equivalence in milk testing in North America, by Paul Sauvé (Canadian Laboratory Services, CA)

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