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 udder health monitoring - 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 udder health monitoring - 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 - 2230

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.

Please 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 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.

  

Equine Event
Time: 0900 - 2100

Visit one of Australasia's largest and most successful Thoroughbred stud farms – pasture based horse production.  Delegates will be treated to an afternoon at the Races followed by an evening meal.

Tree Selection and Breeding
Time: 0900 - 2100

This trip will be hosted by Scion geneticists and forest pathologists who use a range of technologies to improve tree growth, form, resistance to pests and diseases and wood quality. 

The day will cover two important tree species for New Zealand; the iconic indigenous kauri tree (Agathis robusta) and the backbone of the New Zealand planted forestry industry, Pinus radiata.

You will visit a Pinus radiata  field trial and talk about tree breeding techniques and technologies including seed and pollen collection, phenotyping, DNA fingerprinting and genomic selection. 

You will also visit native tree forests, with a particular focus on the iconic native kauri tree.  Kauri are iconic indigenous species with spiritual ties to the tangata whenua (people  of the land) of New Zealand.  Kauri are currently being challenged by Kauri dieback which is caused by Phytophthora agathidicida.  Discussions will also cover the potential of genetics and genomics to help retain this iconic tree.

  

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: 0600 - 2100

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. Trip includes a coffee stop for breakfast, BBQ lunch and packed dinner.

  

Images courtesy of Pamu Farms of New Zealand, Te Anau

Alexander Farming Genetics / Hobbiton Event
Time: 0800 - 2030
This tour leaves Auckland and heads south to Alexander Farming Genetics: a breeding-finishing farm, producing Romney stud sheep and angus cattle. The property has some of the most FE-tolerant sheep in New Zealand due to their involvement in Facial Eczema trials with AgResearch since 1978. They are currently initiating a lot of work in the area of genomics and see this as the next increase in productivity, through increased genetic gain.

The farm is also home to the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The group will be taken on a private tour of the Alexander family sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. There will be presentations in the morning from Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics on recent developments, including the transformation of the New Zealand sheep industry's performance recording and genetic evaluation database. Today, the database holds information for more than 600 flocks – making it the largest genetic evaluation of sheep in the world. 

After lunch, a guide will escort you around the Hobbiton set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. Once the tour has finished, there will be a light barbeque and refreshments, before buses depart Hobbiton and return to Auckland.

   

Aquaculture Event
Details to be confirmed
Limestone Downs Event
Time: 0930 - 2100
Visit a coastal sheep, beef and dairy farm and end the day with a caving adventure!

Limestone Downs, owned by the C. Alma Baker Trust, has been used for sheep, beef and dairy research for over 70 years. www.calmabakertrust.org
The farm is currently host to the Beef+LambNZ Genetics Dairy Beef Progeny test, in which 80 beef bulls have been used over 800 dairy cows for two years to produce 1200 crossbred calves. The calves were born in 2016 and 2017 and are being reared for processing at 2 years of age.

This trip departs Auckland at 9.30am, before heading south to Port Waikato. Arriving at Limestone Downs, the tour will start with lunch at the woolshed, where you'll get to see the 2017 calves from the Progeny Test, and hear about the progress of the progeny test to date. A tour of the sheep and beef farm will take in the ram-breeding flock, 18-month-old cattle from the progeny test, and sweeping coastal views. Weather permitting, we will stop at the black-sand beach, before visiting the five-year-old dairy conversion where we will see cows milked through the 60-bail rotary cowshed. The day will wrap up with a visit to Nikau caves, where you will have the option of either wet or dry caving adventures, or a simply relax in the picturesque gardens, before enjoying a barbeque dinner. www.nikaucave.co.nz



 

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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