‘Olympics of the animal genetics world’ to be held in NZ next month

More than 1000 delegates from around the world will take part in three prestigious animal recording and genetics conferences in Auckland next month.

It is the first time the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) has held its four yearly congress in this country and only the second time in the Southern Hemisphere.

The congress will be combined with the annual conferences for the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) and Interbull – the leading event for research and development in animal improvement, milk testing, DNA parentage analysis, genomics and genetics.

With agendas covering everything from parentage verification, breeding and genetic evaluation to ear tags, technology and herd testing, the three events attract a wide range of national and international experts.

LIC’s chief scientist and the ICAR conference co-chair, Bevin Harris, said the events – mainly attended by researchers, scientists and other professionals – are something for the Kiwi animal industry to be proud of.

“It’s like the Olympics of the animal genetics world coming to New Zealand. These are the biggest events on the industry’s event calendar.

“This represents a huge recognition of our country’s animal genetics industry and is a great opportunity to showcase our animal recording and technological developments. New Zealand is a leader in this space, so what better way to show this than by hosting these conferences.”

Delegates will be taken on several field trips, including a trip to a Waiheke Island oyster farm and a day in the Waikato visiting artificial breeding facilities and local dairy farms.

All three events will be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. The first will start on February 7.


11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

New Zealand will host the 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, promoted as the premier event for researchers and professionals involved in genetic improvement of livestock 

Delegates from around the world gather every four years to attend the scientific programme and to network with colleagues.

This WCGALP builds on previous successful congresses in Madrid (Spain, 1974 and 1982), Lincoln (USA, 1986), Edinburgh (UK, 1990), Guelph (Canada, 1994), Armidale (Australia, 1998), Montpellier (France, 2002), Belo Horizonte (Brazil, 2006), Leipzig (Germany, 2010) and Vancouver (Canada, 2014).

Through field trips on Wednesday 14 February, the conference will give delegates the opportunity to see first-hand the genetic improvement of livestock (and maybe trees and grapes) by breeders who are passionate about improving profitability.

The ICAR Annual Conference for global standards for livestock data will be held at the same venue in Auckland 7-11 February 2018 on the expectation delegates may be interested in attending both meetings. 

The 2018 Interbull Meeting, the leading event for research and development in bovine genetic and genomic national and international evaluations, will be held as part of the ICAR and WCGALP meeting.