ICAR Insights April 2021
ICAR Activity Insights (Quarter 1/2021)
Please by way of update find below a selection of ICAR activities of note from Quarter 1/2021. In this issue:
The “Yearly survey on cow, sheep and goats milk recording methods” is a well know database, managed by the ICAR Member Organisations, ICAR has been collecting and detailing data on national milk production since 1996.
The on-line database has now been migrated to a new platform called MyICAR developed by Mtech. The presentation of the MyICAR platform was held online on March 24th and the recording of that event is available here
ICAR Secretariat suggests to test the platform at: https://my.icar.org by entering on the “Statistics” link available above in the page – all feedback welcome.
In the last three months, the following laboratories have been reaccredited after two years from the previous accreditation:
The accreditation of genetic laboratories as DNA Data Interpretation Centre allows them to be accredited on the SNP-based parentage analysis by an independent third party (ICAR). Accreditation is valid for two years and laboratories have to re-apply to renew it. ICAR encourages all ICAR Member Organisations to stimulate their genetic laboratories to apply for this key accreditation . More info here …
Four webinars have been organised in the last three months, focussed on animal welfare, Interbeef and milk analysis, arranged by the ICAR Functional Traits, Interbeef Woking Groups and Milk Analysis-Sub-Committee. On average, around 340 participants took part to the webinars
During the 2021 ICAR Annual Conference ICAR and IDF organise a virtual workshop on “Animal-based indicators to promote welfare in dairy cows”. 26 April (h. 14.00-17.00, Paris time) by a virtual platform. About 15 presentations are programmed, arranged in an open session and in a technical session focussed on “Harmonisation of animal based welfare indicators. Future needs, challenges and perspectives”. More info here …
In the Board meeting held on 30-March-2021, the ICAR Board endorsed the following new members of the Sub-Committees:
– Milk Analysis Sub-Committee
– Animal Identification Sub-Committee
Milk somatic cell count (SCC) is a widely used indicator for monitoring the udder health of several mammalian species and is relevant in food hygiene regulations, milk payment testing, farm management and breeding programmes . In February 2020, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC JRC) launched a new certified reference material (CRM ERM®-BD001) for somatic cell counting in milk. The launch is one of the tangible outcomes of a close cooperation between the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) and EC JRC in developing solutions and tools to promote a better global equivalence in somatic cell counting in milk.
A new publication by ICAR and IDF: Guidance on application of EC JRC Certified Reference Material for somatic cell counting in milk by Harrie van den Bijgaart, Silvia Orlandini, and Werner Luginbüh. Publication available here ….
Sets of CRM ERM®-BD001 are available from EC JRC and its authorised distributors and they are delivered in sachets. More info at: https://crm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/p/ERM-BD001 .
Circular farming is to be considered as part of the solution for a sustainable food production. The conference will have keynote speakers on questions like: what is circular farming and how will it impact future livestock management and production. The ICAR-Interbull scientific sessions will more specifically deal with challenges, opportunities and developments in breeding, in use of data and in herd management in relation to circular farming systems.
More details about the program are here. Please be advised that the conference is a virtual conference.
The conference offers an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the latest development in the sector. This conference is of great interest for policy makers on future farming systems, for researchers, for staff and for managers involved in cattle breeding, animal performance recording and sensor technology around the globe.
Registration for this conference is open til April 18th. You are kindly invited to register through https://www.icar2021.nl/registration/ .
We look forward to meeting you at ICAR-Interbull 2021!