Programme

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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 1 Area: Services
Topic: Servicing Laboratories: Quality Assurance Tools
Area: Services
Topic: ICAR Certificate of Quality



1530 - 1600  Afternoon tea    
1600 - 1730  Interbull Opening Meeting 1 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 C1A Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR C1B Concurrent Session C1C Concurrent Session C1D Concurrent Sessions
1200 - 1330 Lunch      
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea      
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions
1830 - 2030 Wine and cheese reception      

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 C1A Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR C1B Concurrent Sessions C1C Concurrent Sessions C1D Concurrent Session Interbull Technical Committee
1200 - 1330 Lunch        
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Interbull Technical Committee
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea        
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Sessions - joint with ICAR Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Interbull Technical Committee

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: 0900 - 2100

Tim Brittian's Storth Oaks Angus stud and the Waitomo Caves
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

Images courtesy of Pamu Farms of New Zealand, Te Anau
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.


 

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 C1A Concurrent Sessions C1B Concurrent Sessions C1C Concurrent Sessions C1D Concurrent Sessions
1200 - 1330 Lunch      
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea      
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions

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 C1A Concurrent Sessions C1B Concurrent Sessions C1C Concurrent Sessions C1D Concurrent Sessions
1200 - 1330 Lunch      
1330 - 1500 Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions
1500 - 1600 Afternoon tea      
1600 - 1800 Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions Concurrent Sessions
1800 - late Congress dinner      

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