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.