Wednesday 7 February

Time Session
0900 - 1030 ICAR Board Meeting
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea
1100 - 1230 ICAR Board Meeting
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 ICAR Board & Group Chairs Meeting
1530 - 1600 Afternoon Tea
1600 - 1730 ICAR Board & Group Chairs Meeting
1800 - 2000 ICAR Board, Group Chairs & Staff Social Function

Thursday 8 February

Time Session
0900 - 1730 Registration and information desk open
0900 - 1030 Breed Association WG - Open meeting AI & RT WG  Functional Traits WG  Recording and Sampling Devices SC  Global Reach WG 
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea
1100 - 1230 Breed Association WG - Open meeting
AI & RT 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
Milk Analysis SC
1530 - 1600 Afternoon Tea
1600 - 1730 Certificate of Quality EAG Interbeef Technical Committee Functional Traits WG

Milk Analysis SC

Friday 9 February

Time Session
0900 - 1730 Registration and information desk open
0830 - 1030 Interbull Technical Committee
Closed meeting
Sensor Devices TF - Closed meeting Dairy Cattle Milk Recording WG

DNA Working Group Feed & Gas WG 
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea
1100 - 1230 Interbull Technical Committee
Closed meeting
Sensor Devices TF - Open meeting with Manufacturers by invitation
Dairy Cattle Milk Recording WG

DNA Working Group Feed & Gas WG
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Interbull Technical Committee
Closed meeting
Interbeef WG Challenges and opportunities with udder health monitoring - (HvB) Animal Data Exchange WG
DNA Working Group Sheep Goat and Small Camelid WG
1530 - 1600 Afternoon Tea
1600 - 1730 Interbull Steering Committee
Please note: this meeting will conclude at 1830
Interbeef WG Challenges and opportunities with udder health monitoring - (HvB)
Animal Data Exchange WG
  Sheep Goat and Small Camelid WG
1900 - 2200 ICAR Board and Interbull Committee Dinner  Free Evening

 

Saturday 10 February

Time Session
0700 - 1800 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition and electronic posters open
0830 - 1030 ICAR General Assembly   Interbull Steering Committee 
1030 - 1100 Morning tea
1100 - 1230 ICAR Plenary: ICAR Global Guidelines
Moderator: Martin Burke

  Interbull Steering Committee
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Interbull Business Meeting
Services/Servicing Laboratories: Quality Assurance Tools
Moderator: Silvia Orlandini

 
1530 - 1600  Afternoon tea
1600 - 1730 Interbull Opening Meeting 1
Availability and use of genetic and genomic information in dairy and beef herd management
Chair: Andrew Cromie/ Matthew Shaffer
Interbull Opening Meeting 2
R&D in (inter)national evaluations: Calving traits and fertility in dairy and beef cattle
Chair: Haifa  Benhajali
Services/Recording device testing
Moderator: Steven Sievert
 
1830 - 2300 ICAR/Interbull Conference Gala Dinner - Auckland Town Hall

Sunday 11 February

Time Session  
0700 - 1800 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition and electronic posters open
0830 - 1030 Interbull Open Meeting 3:
R&D in (inter)national evaluations: Implementation of new traits in dairy and beef cattle
Moderator: Gert Pedersen Aamand
Technologies & Tools: Sensor Devices
Moderator: Steven Sievert
Workshop: Identification, Meat & Reproduction Recording in Sheep & Goat in ICAR Member Countries
Moderator: Jean-Michel Astruc

 
1030 - 1100 Morning tea
1100 - 1230 Interbull Open Meeting 4:
Free Communication
Moderator: Hossein Jorjani
Data/Data Standards and Data Exchange Protocols
Moderators: Robert Fourdraine & Andrew Cooke
Workshop: Identification, Meat & Reproduction Recording in Sheep & Goat in ICAR Member Countries
Moderator:  Jean-Michel Astruc
Technologies: Milk testing inc. spectral analysis
Moderator: Gavin Scott
ASSGN Meeting

1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Interbull Open Meeting 5:
Addressing the challenges of genomic selection in international genetic and genomic evaluations in dairy and beef cattle
Moderator: Vincent Ducrocq
Global Initiatives
Services: Implications of recent developments for Breed Associations
Moderator: Suzanne Harding
Technologies: Milk testing inc. spectral analysis
Moderator: Gavin Scott
ASSGN Meeting
1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea
1600 - 1730 Interbull Business Meeting 2
Services: Implications of recent developments for Breed Associations
Moderator: Suzanne Harding

ASSGN Meeting
1800 - 2000 WCGALP, ICAR and Interbull Welcome Reception - Viaduct Events Centre

Monday 12 February

Time Session
0730 - 1830 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition and electronic posters
 
0830 - 0930 Plenary: Traci Houpapa      
0930 - 1000 Morning tea
1000 - 1200 Biology - Disease Resistance
Joint with ICAR
Method and Tools - Models and Computing Strategies
Joint with Interbull
Species - Aquaculture  Biology & Species - Bovine (Dairy)
Joint with ICAR
Theory to Application
Joint with ICAR 
1200 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Species - Porcine Methods and Tools - Software
Joint with Interbull
Biology - Reproduction
Joint with ICAR
Species - Avian  
1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea
1600 - 1800 Species - Equine Method and Tools - Prediction
Joint with Interbull
Biology - Growth and Development
Joint with ICAR
Molecular Genetics  
1800 - 2000 Wine and cheese reception

 

Tuesday 13 February

Time Session
0645 - 0815  Breakfast Workshop - Kindly sponsored by Thermo Fisher 

Genomic technology continues to evolve with advancements in next generation sequencing, content curation and software analysis tools. The workshop will discuss a variety of applications including high throughput genotyping for sustainable and selective breeding in sheep and salmon as well as simplified genetic testing in cattle using next generation sequencing. Thermo Fisher Scientific provides innovative tools and solutions to accelerate animal research.  We invite you to learn how Axiom genotyping arrays, targeted Genotyping by Sequencing, diverse real-time PCR assays and easy-to-use software solutions can be applied to your breeding research programs.  For smarter genomics in agriculture, partnering is the answer.

We invite you to learn how Axiom genotyping arrays, targeted genotyping by sequencing, diverse real-time PCR assays, and easy-to-use software solutions can be applied to your breeding research programs.  For smarter genomics in agriculture, partnering is the answer.    

Customizing Genomic Profiles for Dairy and Beef Cattle Using Targeted GBS

Aaron Larsen, PhD

Low cost and high information content - the crux to achieving high penetrance of genomic technologies in the sheep sector
Donagh Berry

Salmon breeding transformed: Marine Harvest enters the genomic era with Axiom genotyping technology
Matt Baranski, PhD


0730 - 1830 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition and electronic posters 
0830 - 0930 Plenary: Jeremy Howard        
0930 - 1000 Morning tea
1000 - 1200 Challenges - Environmental
Joint with ICAR
Species - Avian Species - Bovine (Beef)
Joint with ICAR

 
1200 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Methods and Tools - GWAS
Joint with Interbull
Genetic Gain - Breeding Strategies Molecular Genetics Biology - Disease Resistance
Joint with ICAR
Biology - Feed Intake and Efficiency
Joint with ICAR
1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea
1600 - 1800 Species - Other Species - Aquaculture
Theory to Application
Joint with ICAR
Biology & Species - Bovine (Dairy)
Joint with ICAR
Methods and Tools - Prediction
Joint with Interbull
1800 - 1900 Hendrix Genetics Speed Dating 
1800 - 1930 Pig Genome History - Ann Bruce 

Have you be involved in mapping the pig genome, sequencing or using genomic data in research and commercial practice?
If so, please join Ann Bruce from the University of Edinburgh to take part in a focus group remembering your experiences. A glass of wine and cheese provided. 
Project funded by the European Research Council. Please note that numbers will be limited.
1900 - 2200 Food Evolution Documentary

 

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: 0730 - 1815

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

This tour is hosted by the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. Plant and Food is the world's largest horticultural research company, supporting fruit, vegetable, crop and food industries. The Te Puke Research Centre (2.5 -3 hours south of Auckland) is situated in the beautiful Bay of Plenty and it is home to the largest kiwifruit research orchard in the world.  

The day will start with a presentation about Plant and Food's Seafood Research (as we cannot get you to Nelson in the South Island) and our work with the seafood industry to optimise the value of seafood harvests. We have included a visit to Plant and Food Research kiwifruit orchard; 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. 

After the visit we will be heading to the Hobbiton set in Matamata where there will be a light barbeque and refreshments in conjunction with some of the other tours, before buses depart Hobbiton and return to Auckland.

  

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
Time: 0900 - 1700
This tour leaves Auckland and travels by ferry to Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf. In just 40 minutes we will arrive at the beautiful island, home of great wineries and some of New Zealand's finest farmed Pacific oysters.

Following a stop for coffee, a bus will take us to the Te Matuku Marine Reserve at the south east corner of Waiheke Island. There we will tour a Pacific oyster farm, Te Matuku Oysters, hosted by the manager who will provide an overview of how oysters are farmed in New Zealand and describe the company's involvement in the oyster selective breeding programme.

Lunch will be held at one of the Island's wineries followed by presentations about the use of selective breeding in New Zealand aquaculture and the benefits this has brought to the industry. There will be an opportunity to discuss the future of breeding and genomics in this growing global industry.

In the afternoon we will take a conservation tour of the island and stop off at key attractions, including the chance to stroll through some native bush before heading back to the big city on the ferry.

Waiheke Island was named one of the world's top 10 regions to visit for 2016 in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel guide.



Dairy Sheep Event
Time: 0700 - 2200
There is a rapidly emerging dairy sheep industry in New Zealand. The original dairy flock was predominantly East Friesian based, but recently, two major new flocks have imported new genetics.

The tour will involve a visit to both Southern Cross and Spring Sheep Milk Co in Taupo providing an opportunity to see how they are developing breeding strategies and management systems within the newly emerging sector.

Spring Sheep Milk Co is a fully integrated boutique sheep milk sales and marketing business. Our Taupo farm milks 2000 ewes which provide pure sheep's milk goodness for consumes of our nutritional products in South East Asia.
 

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 - 1830 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition and electronic posters open
 
0830 - 0930 Plenary: Peter Dearden      
0930 - 1000 Morning tea
1000 - 1200 Biology - Feed Intake and Efficiency
Methods and Tools - Models and Computing Strategies Genetic Gain - Breeding Objectives and Economics of Selection Schemes Molecular Genetics Species - Bovine (Beef)
1200 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Species - Porcine Knowledge - Education and Training Technologies - Gene Editing Genetic Gain - Strategies for Local Breeds
Species - Ovine
1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea
1600 - 1800 Technologies - Genotyping Species - Caprine Biology - Behaviour
Methods and Tools - Prediction
Biology - Reproduction
 1800 - 1930 Pig Genome History - Ann Bruce 

Have you be involved in mapping the pig genome, sequencing or using genomic data in research and commercial practice?
If so, please join Ann Bruce from the University of Edinburgh to take part in a focus group remembering your experiences. A glass of wine and cheese provided. 
Project funded by the European Research Council. Please note that numbers will be limited.

 

Friday 16 February

Time Session
0730 - 1830 Registration and information desk open
Exhibition and electronic posters open
0830 - 0930 Plenary: Lisa Matisso-Smith
0930 - 1000 Morning tea
1000 - 1200 Technologies - Novel Phenotypes Genetic Gain - Breeding Objectives and Economics of Selection Schemes Biology - Disease Resistance Genetic Gain - In Challenging Environments Challenges - Species Conservation
1200 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Molecular Genetics Challenges - Genotype by Environment Interactions Genetic Gain - Breeding Strategies    
1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea
1600 - 1800 Genetic Gain - Genotyping & Phenotyping Strategies Methods and Tools - Imputation Genetic Gain - Strategies for Local Breeds Theory to Application  
1800 - 2200 WCGALP Barbeque

 

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