This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 772787.


ICAR is composed of 120 Members, mostly DHI and breeds’ associations from 59 countries. With its Guidelines and services, ICAR helps the creation of quality based animal production systems around the world; connected systems that are beneficial to members as well as farmers, legislators and consumers. ICAR believes that an unbiased scientific approach provides the right fundamental framework for these common systems. The aims of ICAR are to promote the development and improvement of animal identification, performance recording and evaluation in farm animal production. Such objectives are achieved through the establishment of definitions and guidelines for measuring characteristics of economic importance.

ICAR achieves this through:

1.ICAR rules and standards, specific for the purpose of

  • identifying animals, the registration of their parentage, recording their performance, evaluating their genetics.
  • identifying characteristics of production systems and their bearing on animal health, care, productivity and food safety.

2.Promoting discussion and collaboration in all activities having to do with animal performance recording and evaluation and recording and evaluation of characteristics of production systems within and among international organisations, public authorities and industry.

3.Encouraging the use of animal records for the purpose of assessing the value of animals and farm management systems