We caught up with Head of RMT segment, Ramona Molnar and Segment Product Manager, Lone Vejgaard who represented FOSS at the event for a quick chat about this year’s topics and trends at ICAR.
The theme at this year’s ICAR was breeding for excellence. “There is a great synergy across the industry at the moment in terms of breeding for more sustainable and efficient dairy production,” says Ramona Molnar. “There is lot of valuable information in the global DHI data that is already being collected and the question is whether it is possible to get even more value from global DHI data in the future,” she continues.
“Exploring new sources and uses of data generated by infrared analysis was one of the topics with a lot of potential,” agrees Lone Vejgaard. “We saw a strong interest in finding new ways to extract more value out of the same spectra,” she explains.
Lone Vejgaard participated in an afternoon workshop called extra-MIR, dedicated to exchanging ideas and discussing how to collect global data from different FTIR instruments with the purpose of generating global standardized analysis models.
The extra-MIR project is focused on bringing global data together with a goal to identify new traits that enable breeding for more resilience of livestock in the future. The project is still in the development phase. However, one of the first projects being looked at in this context is collecting data to create a reference set for analysis of fatty acids. “It’s an interesting idea and we are not there yet. But it just shows that a lot of energy is currently going into the development of new standardized methods and covering new ground,” Lone Vejgaard concludes.