Programme

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Wednesday 7 February

Time Session
0900 - 1030 ICAR Board Meeting
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea
1100 - 1230 ICAR Board Meeting 
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1500 ICAR Board & Group Chairs Meeting
1500 - 1530  Afternoon Tea
1530 - 1700 ICAR Board & Group Chairs Meeting
1800 - 1930 ICAR Board, Group Chairs & Staff Social Function

Thursday 8 February

Time Session        
0900 - 1730 Registration and information desk open    
0900 - 1030 Breed Association WG AI & TR WG  Functional Traits WG  Recording and Sampling Devices SC  Global Reach WG 
1030 - 1100 Coffee/Tea
1100 - 1230 Breed Association WG
AI & TR WG  Functional Traits WG Recording and Sampling Devices SC  Global Reach WG   
1230 - 1330 Lunch        
1330 - 1530 Certificate of Quality EAG Interbeef Technical Committee Functional traits WG Recording and Sampling Devices SC  Milk Analysis SC
1530 - 1600 Coffee/Tea        
1600 - 1730 Certificate of Quality EAG Interbeef Technical Committee Functional traits WG
Recording and Sampling Devices SC    Milk Analysis SC
1800 - 2000 ICAR Groups Social Function        

Friday 9 February

Time Session            
0900 - 1730 Registration and information desk open            
0900 - 1030 Interbull Technical Committee Sensor Devices TF Dairy Cattle Milk Recording WG Conformation Recording WG Identification SC DNA Working Group Feed & Gas WG 
1030 - 1100 Coffee/Tea            
1100 - 1230 Interbull Technical Committee Sensor Devices TF
Dairy Cattle Milk Recording WG
Conformation Recording WG
Identification SC
DNA Working Group
Feed & Gas WG 
1230 - 1330 Lunch            
1330 - 1530 Interbull Technical Committee Interbeef WG 'Challenges and opportunities with somatic cell measurement' By invitation.
Animal Data Exchange WG Identification SC DNA Working Group Sheep Goat and Small Camelid WG
1530 - 1600 Coffee/Tea            
1600 - 1730 Interbull Steering Committee Interbeef WG
'Challenges and opportunities with somatic cell measurement' By invitation.
Animal Data Exchange WG
Identification SC
  Sheep Goat and Small Camelid WG

Saturday 10 February

Time Session  
0900 - 1730 Registration and information desk open Exhibition open  
0900 - 1030 ICAR General Assembly Interbull Steering Committee
1030 - 1100 Morning tea  
1100 - 1230 Area: Knowledge
Topic: ICAR Guidelines
Interbull Steering Committee
1230 - 1330 Lunch  
1330 - 1530 Interbull Business Meeting
Area: Services
Topic: Servicing Laboratories: Quality Assurance Tools
Area: Services
Topic: ICAR Certificate of Quality
1530 - 1600  Afternoon tea  
1600 - 1730 Interbull Opening Meeting
Area: Services
Topic: Interbull and Interbeef Services: Impact, benefits, challenges and opportunities .
Area: Services
Topic: Recording device testing
1800 - 2000 ICAR/Interbull Conference Dinner  

Sunday 11 February

Time Session        
0900 - 1730 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition open
       
0900 - 1030 Area: Interbull Open
Topic: Addressing the challenges of genomic selection in international genetic and genomic evaluations in diary and beef cattle.
Area: Data
Topic: Data standards
Area: Services
Topic: SNP exchange
Area: Technologies
Topic: Sensor devices
Area: Services
Topic: Meat & Reproduction Recording in Sheep & Goat
1030 - 1100 Morning tea        
1100 - 1230 Area: Interbull Open 
Topic: Research and development in national and international evaluations - novel methods and new traits in diary and beef cattle
Area: Data
Topic: Establishing animal data exchange protocols
Area: Methods and Tools
Topic: Dealing with carry-over in sampling
Area: Technologies
Topic: Milk testing inc. spectral analysis
Area: Services
Topic: Meat & Reproduction Recording in Sheep & Goat
1230 - 1330 Lunch        
1330 - 1530 Area: Interbull Open
Topic: Availability and use of genetic and genomic information in diary and beef herd management
ICAR ID Workshop Area: Services
Topic: Implications of recent developments for Breed Associations


1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea        
1600 - 1730 Interbull Business Meeting 2 ICAR ID Workshop Area: Services
Topic: Implications of recent developments for Breed Associations


1800 - 2000 WCGALP/ICAR Welcome Function        

Monday 12 February

Time Session
0730 - 2030 Posters  
0800 - 1800 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition open
 
0830 - 0930 Plenary  
0930 - 1030 Morning tea  
1030 - 1200 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Session
1200 - 1330 Lunch  
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Session
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea  
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Session
1830 - 2030 Wine and cheese reception  

 

Potential areas/topics for this day are:

Biology: Disease resistance
Challenges: Environmental
Methods and Tools: Computing strategies
Theory to Application: Application
Biology: Feed intake and efficiency
Data: Big data
Methods and Tools: Software
Methods and Tools: GWAS
Biology: Reproduction
Challenges: Economic
Data: Databases
Methods and Tools: Prediction

Tuesday 13 February

Time Session  
0730 - 1800 Posters    
0800 - 1800 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition open
   
0830 - 0930 Plenary   Interbull Technical Committee
0930 - 1030 Morning tea    
1030 - 1200 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Session Interbull Technical Committee
1200 - 1330 Lunch    
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Session Interbull Technical Committee
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea    
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Session Interbull Technical Committee

 

Potential areas/topics for this day are:

Products: Companionship
Products: Sport and race
Biology: Growth and development
Challenges: Collaboration
Data: Data quality
Products: Honey
Species: Aquaculture
Technologies: Image processing
Biology: Lactation
Challenges: Feeding the world
Challenges: Intellectual property
Species: Camelid
Species: Buffalo
Species: Other
Theory to Application: Theory and Application
Challenges: Cultural
Knowledge: Education and training
Technologies: Decision support systems
Species: Insects

Wednesday 14 February

Field trips Itinerary
Dairy Event
Time: 0700 - 2130

This tour leaves Auckland at 7am and heads south to the mighty Waikato. Here delegates will have the opportunity to view the facilities of artificial breeding and herd recording companies CRV and LIC. The day will include a bull parade, a demonstration of semen collection, a show-case of the latest innovations in performance recording and a range of informative technical talks.

A BBQ style lunch will be served at various commercial dairy farms. Lunch is generously provided by the Ayrshire, Holstein-Friesian and Jersey breed societies.

Last but not least we will wrap up the day with a visit to the world famous Hobbiton movie set, where delegates will enjoy a standing dinner. Buses will return to Auckland at 9:30pm.

Note: Early buses will return to Auckland for those delegates who would prefer not to visit the Hobbiton movie set

Angus Event
Time: 0830 - 2130

This tour leaves Auckland at 8:30 am and travels through the Waikato region to Waitomo where guests will be treated to a stunning tour of the limestone caves and marvel at the glow worms as they boat through the waters of Waitomo.

After lunch at Waitomo, the tour will travel to Storth Oaks Angus Stud only 35 minutes from the Caves.  Weather permitting the group will travel through the typical hill country sheep and beef property to the sale barn. Storth Oaks is a leading NZ Angus breeding farm incorporating most modern technologies into their programme.

There will be a selection of stud cattle on display and viewed through the property and two sponsors - American Angus Association and Beef and Lamb Genetics will give presentations before drinks and a barbecue dinner supported by Performance Beef Breeders.

Delegates will then board their buses to return to Auckland at 9:30 PM

  

Limestone Downs Event
Time: 0900 - 2100
Alexanders/Hobbiton Event
Time: 0900 - 2100
Equine Event
Time: 0900 - 2100

Visit one of Australasia's largest and most successful Thoroughbred stud farms – pasture based horse production

Life after racing – The New Zealand Thoroughbred as an event horse

An afternoon at the Races

Evening meal – venue TBC

Aquaculture Event
Time: 0900 - 2100

Tree Selection and Breeding
Time: 0900 - 2100

This Field Day will be hosted by Scion geneticists who use a range of technologies to improve tree growth, form, resistance to pests and diseases and wood quality. These include seed and pollen collection; gene mapping and DNA fingerprinting; molecular breeding and genomic selection. Quantitative genetics is used to determine accurate breeding values and genetic gain predictions.Scion staff carry out field trials in their research nursery to assess the growth and wood properties of young trees before their germplasm is released to the forest industry.

The Field Day will visit native tree forests north of Auckland, with a particular focus on the iconic native Kauri tree. Kauri are rapid-growing in the early years and so could be commercially viable for timber production. Kauri are currently being challenged by Kauri dieback which is caused by Phytophthora agathidicida.

In addition to site visits, stops will be made at the Kauri Museum, Gumdiggers Café for lunch and TBC for dinner.

 

Te Puke Plant and Food Research
Time: 0900 - 2100

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research is the world's largest horticultural research company, supporting fruit, vegetable, crop and food industries of New Zealand's. The Te Puke Research Centre is one Plant & Food's 14 New Zealand locations and is home to the largest kiwifruit research orchard in the world. The orchard covers 50 Ha and houses the biggest single collection of Actinidia species outside of China which is used extensively by the breeding and other research teams throughout Plant & Food Research. Research at the site covers elite cultivar development, sustainable production systems and bioprotection; critically it supports the production of high quality, differentiated products that earn a premium in international markets.

Deer and Sheep Event
Time: 0900 - 2100

Deer and sheep field trip to Landcorp Farming Ltd properties on the volcanic plateau to see Focus Genetics breeding programmes (~3.5 hours from Auckland)

Visit deer and sheep (terminal and maternal flocks) properties and listen to Focus Genetics and AgResearch staff discussing their breeding programme. This includes Focus Genetics deer breeding programme, DNA parentage, DeerSelect and introduction of genotyping by sequencing for DNA parentage, breed composition and genomics selection. Sheep includes terminal sire flocks selected for growth, meat production and meat quality and is accompanied by talks on their genomic selection programme with a similar set of talks for their maternal programme. Bring sturdy footwear and a coat. Departure 6am, with coffee stop for breakfast, BBQ lunch and packed tea.

 

Images courtesy of Pamu Farms of New Zealand, Te Anau



 

Thursday 15 February

Time Session  
0730 - 1800 Posters

0800 - 1800 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition open
 
0830 - 0930 Plenary  
0930 - 1030 Morning tea  
1030 - 1200 Concurrent Session Concurrent Session
1200 - 1330 Lunch  
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Session Concurrent Session
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea  
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Session Concurrent Session 

Potential areas/topics for this day are:

Biology: Behaviour
Data: Machine learning
Genetic gain: Breeding objectives and economics of selection schemes
Knowledge: On-line training
Biology: Casual variants
Biology: Gene networks
Genetic gain: Breeding strategies
Methods and Tools: Models
Technologies: Gene editing
Biology: Epigenetics
Challenges: Ethical
Genetic gain: Commercial operations
Technologies: Genotyping

Friday 16 February

Time Session
0730 - 1800 Posters  
0800 - 1800 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition open
 
0830 - 0930 Plenary  
0930 - 1030 Morning tea  
1030 - 1200 Concurrent Session Concurrent Session
1200 - 1330 Lunch  
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Session Concurrent Session
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea  
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Session Concurrent Session
1800 - late Congress dinner  

Potential areas/topics for this day are:

Genetic gain:In challenging environments
Technologies: Novel phenotypes
Challenges: Genotype by environment interactions
Genetic gain: Strategies for local breeds
Methods and Tools: Sequence - gene annotation, assembly
Technologies: Sequencing
Genetic gain: Genotyping & phenotyping strategies
Knowledge: Resource databases
Methods and Tools: Imputation
Theory to Application: Theory

 

We look forward to seeing you in New Zealand in February 2018

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