More than 1000 scientists, researchers and farming experts are set to descend on New Zealand for the dairy industry's biggest global conference on breeding and genetics.
Held every four years, the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production event next takes place in Auckland on February 7 - only the second time it has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.
It will include three conferences and trips to a Waiheke Island oyster farm, local dairy farms and a Waikato artificial breeding centre.
Attendees will talk about how livestock herds can be improved using genetics and breeding, DNA analysis of parentage, milk testing and other technologies.
Bevin Harris from herd improvement co-operative LIC, said the event was recognition of the country's world class dairy industry and its adoption of technology.
"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," he said.
"New Zealand is a leader in this space, so what better way to show this than by hosting these conferences."
Previous WCGALP events have been held in Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Brazil, Germany and the United States.