The ICAR activities are managed by Sub-Committees and Working Groups.
This section presents the Sub-Committees that are the following:
Animal identification Sub-Committee
|Purposes||Stimulate development and evaluation of identification devices.|
|Species – Breeds – Traits||Cattle, Sheep, Goats and Buffalo .|
|Standards & Guidelines||Manufacturer & device codes.
Conventional tagging and identification systems.
|Services & Other||Performance evaluation and approval
Testing electronic tags
Survey of available devices
ISO registration agency
Evaluation of conventional identification devices.
|Issues & Points for Discussion||Strengthen linkage with ISO WGII dealing with agricultural standards for data interchange.|
|Purposes||Development of international comparisons of cattle|
|Species – Breeds – Traits||Cattle
Dairy Breeds in Developed Countries
Milk production traits
Conformation, Health, Fertility etc
|Standards & Guidelines||Genetic evaluations
|Services & Other||International genetic evaluation service
Surveys of genetic evaluation practises
|Issues & Points for Discussion||Merge INTERBULL membership with ICAR membership and manage as a single membership. A proposal to go to INTERBULL members for discussion at the August business meeting is to be developed by Brian Wickham in consultation with Executive Board. The meeting will be attended by representatives of the ICAR executive board;Expand into more traits, breeds and countries;Expand into beef traits – a proposal needs to be developed in association with the Beef Performance Working Group – action to be taken by Schild and Wickham.|
|Responsible||Matthew Shaffer (Chairman)|
Measuring, Recording and Sampling Devices Sub-Committee
|Purposes||Approve milk volume measurement devices|
|Species – Breeds – Traits||Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Buffalo
Milk production traits
|Standards & Guidelines||Milk volume determination
|Services & Other||Milk meter testing service
Survey of equipment used by members
|Issues & Points for Discussion||Need to decide how to handle testing for weighing scales for cattle, ultra sonic devices for body composition and beef quality devices.|
Steven J. Sievert (Chairman)
Milk Analysis Sub-Committee
|Purposes||Improve efficiency and effectiveness of milk testing laboratories|
|Species – Breeds – Traits||Cattle, buffalo, sheep & goats
Milk composition including somatic cell conc.
|Standards & Guidelines||Quality assurance
Milk analyser testing protocol
|Services & Other||International DHI reference laboratory network.
Collaboration between members of laboratory network.
|Issues & Points for Discussion||Chairperson to consider enlarging group membership so as to obtain greater geographical and technical representation.|