Whereas…

Whereas the raw production of animals is not published (except on an individual basis). Those raw data always seem to be modified before being published;

Whereas LPI and Pro$ do not always represent the actual ability of daughters to generate the optimum income earned from the milk volume and the components produced. (The true on-farm profitability);

Whereas genetic indexes decrease as animals get older and directly influence the value of those animals, even if they deliver very good performance as well as very good progeny.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed to ask Lactanet to develop an index that reflects the performance of sires offered by insemination centres based exclusively on the raw data collected on farms (milk volume, components, classification). This would allow to compare sires with one another according to the revenue generated by the production of their daughters, the latter being compared to their herd mates.

 NameLocation
MoverJean-François BeaudoinSainte-Marguerite, Québec
1st SupporterVincent RoySaint-Isidore, Québec
2nd SupporterRégis BouletSaint-Bernard, Québec
3rd SupporterAnthony Breton RobertSaint-Anselme, Québec
4th SupporterBenoît LafondGuigues, Québec

Whereas…

Whereas the COMPASS program is a great tool to assist Canadian dairy breeders and;

Whereas the current program provides a list of bulls and a herd inventory but not a mating report and;

Whereas breeders must release their herd inventory to an artificial insemination company to get a mating report and;

Whereas all Ontario licensed dairy farms pay a check off to Lactanet’s subsidiary, Ontario DHI, and farms using milk recording services pay Lactanet for that service, yet those farms cannot access their data through Compass to generate their own mating report and;

Whereas breeders should have the choice to use their herd data to create mating reports without commercial bias and create such reports as frequently as they want without having to consult an artificial insemination company.

Therefore…

Therefore, be it resolved that COMPASS be designed to allow breeders, or their chosen advisors, to create a mating report based on their sire criteria and with consideration for inbreeding and haplotypes and that the mating recommendations can be sent to the Lactanet mobile application.

NameLocation
MoverCatherine AgarSalford, Ontario
1st SupporterDylan StewardsonThedford, Ontario
2nd SupporterMatt DannPalmerston, Ontario
3rd SupporterAdam VervoortPeterborough, Ontario
4th SupporterJim StantonIlderton, Ontario

Whereas…

Whereas there is a surplus of solids non-fat (SNF) currently produced compared to the market demand;

Whereas the predictions are asking us to target a solid non-fat/fat (SNF/F) ratio around 2.00;

Whereas to reach such a ratio, the Holstein must continue to increase its fat production and more specifically its deviation;

Whereas the fat deviation (%) is a high heritability trait and that it is therefore possible to make an efficient genetic selection for this trait;

Whereas the importance of being proactive in order to adapt our selection indexes (for example LPI and Pro$) with the aim of maximizing the use of our milk and therefore our revenues.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed to review the current selection tools in order to accelerate the genetic improvement for fat deviation and obtain a SNF/F ratio that is better adapted to the industry.

 NameLocation
MoverMartin GrégoireSaint-Esprit, Québec
1st SupporterAlphonse PittetSaint-Tite, Québec
2nd SupporterJulie DuchesneSaint-Narcisse, Québec
3rd SupporterHans BroenimaanSainte-Perpétue, Québec
4th SupporterLouis St-AubinSaint-Clet, Québec

Whereas…

Whereas most people only look at a sire’s Genetic Evaluation Summary when purchasing semen or making breeding choices;

Whereas it is difficult to establish a link between the genetics of a sire and the linear evaluation (which corresponds to classification);

Whereas what is shown in a sire proof is the breed average, which is not necessarily the ideal;

Whereas the ideal of classification is well known, but the ideal of genetic traits is little known or unknown;

Whereas the real impact of genetic traits on an animal’s classification or conformation is little known or unknown;

Whereas the interpretation of a sire’s genetic index and the impact on the conformation of its daughters is complex.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed to make the proof interpretation easier by including a link between the genetic figure of a sire’s type traits and the classification result expected from his daughters (linear evaluation). To include the expected classification result compared to the proof average.

 NameLocation
MoverReno DesaulniersAmos, Québec
1st SupporterJulie DuchesneSaint-Narcisse, Québec
2nd SupporterHans BroenimaanSainte-Perpétue, Québec
3rd SupporterAlphonse PittetSaint-Tite, Québec
4th SupporterLouis St-AubinSaint-Clet, Québec

Whereas…

Whereas Ayrshire breeders have difficulties monitoring the recessive gene AM (Arthrogryposis Multiplex);

Whereas there is no follow-up on the reporting made by the breeders during milk recording.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed that Lactanet establish a process or a reporting tool for calf abnormalities and births observed by dairy producers, and that Lactanet carry out a routine analysis of those reports and make sure that the reporting process includes follow-up with Ayrshire Canada.

 NameLocation
MoverFrançois BeaudryGranby, Québec
1st SupporterJessie RiouxSaint-Clément, Québec
2nd SupporterEleanor RobinsonOsgoode, Ontario
3rd SupporterMarie-Ellen TruemanSaskville, Nouveau-Brunswick
4th SupporterOliver BalmeCobble Hill, Colombie-Britannique

Whereas…

Whereas the haplotypes can cause abortions during late pregnancy or mortality in young calves, and whereas each abortion/loss of a calf costs several months of production in addition to the sometime high value of the calf.

Whereas it is recommended by Lactanet to avoid matings with carrier parents.

Whereas breeders must know what bulls are carriers of haplotypes to avoid certain crossbreedings.

Whereas the information on haplotypes is 99% reliable and therefore valuable information for business decision-making.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested that the haplotypes be published on the main page of the Lactanet genetic evaluations and that it be added in the Lactanet code of ethics that artificial insemination units are required to publish the haplotypes with sire proofs.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Haplotype results are not the same as a gene test result (ex: A2, CVM, BLAD, etc.). The haplotype carrier probability calculations were developed by Lactanet (formerly CDN) as a service to help Canadian dairy producers.  They are publicly available for all animals on their Pedigree page on the Lactanet (www.cdn.ca) website and are included on every animal with the Compass software.


 NameLocation
MoverNicolas LalandeSt-Placide, Quebec
1st SupporterSébastien ProulxMirabel, Quebec
2nd SupporterVanessa MondouMirabel, Quebec
3rd SupporterPascal MartinSt-Clet, Quebec
4th SupporterBenoit LafondGuigues, Quebec

Whereas …

Whereas the Compass program is a great foundation to assist Canadian dairy breeders and;

Whereas giving breeders the flexibility of customizing their breeding program would be a huge benefit to the program and;

Whereas the current program only offers a list of bulls for the herd and not for individual cows, creating an extra step for producers and;

Whereas breeders are becoming increasingly focused on the benefit of A2 milk

Therefore …

Therefore, be it resolved that Holstein Canada and Lactanet complete a sixth module and add functionality to the Compass software to customize an index, make a mating program recommendation, sort bulls for the A2 gene and identify matings that could result in undesirable haplotypes.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Compass currently includes all available A2 gene test results at Holstein Canada or Lactanet and allows for filtering and sorting of bulls as well as females in the herd. The development of a customized index tool and/or a mating program is very costly to develop and both services are already widely provided by various A.I. companies doing business in Canada.


 NameLocation
MoverLindsay GreenoughGreenfield, Nova Scotia
1st SupporterRoy EtheridgeFredericton, New Brunswick
2nd SupporterBen RoyWolfville, Nova Scotia
3rd SupporterJason VanderLindenBrierly Brook, Nova Scotia
4th SupporterScott MacDonaldSt. John, New Brunswick

Whereas …

Whereas the genetic data present on Compass are the most updated source of information available to users.

Whereas the Compass tool is presently not as popular as expected.

Whereas the data retrieval from the herd inventory is done only in PDF which does not allow for the users to analyze the data, but only to consult them.

Therefore …

Therefore, it is requested that Lactanet collaborate with Holstein Canada so that the tables generated in the “Herd Genetics” section of Compass can be exported in an Excel document rather than a PDF in order for the users to make their own analysis of the generated data.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

A total of 1,800 producers have created their Compass account and 500 are actively using it on a regular basis. Various Compass features were developed to allow users to sort and filter their own data without requiring data extraction.


 NameLocation
MoverPier-Luc TardifSte-Hénédine, Quebec
1st SupporterAnthony Breton-RobertSt-Anselme, Quebec
2nd SupporterRégis BouletSt-Bernard, Quebec
3rd SupporterVincent RoySt-Isidore, Quebec
4th SupporterMathieu BissonSte-Marie, Quebec

Whereas…

Whereas the genetic data found in Compass are the most updated source of information available to users.

Whereas the Compass tool is presently not as popular as expected and a different function would help the tool stand out.

Whereas, according to the Lactanet data, inbreeding in the Holstein breed is 7.47%* and has increased by 0.25 in the last decade.

Whereas there is presently no tool for independent sire selection available on the market.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested that Lactanet collaborate with Holstein Canada so that the Lactanet inbreeding calculator is integrated into the Compass tool and that the calculation of inbreeding can be done quickly between a bull selected by the user in the “My sires” list and an individual or a group of individuals selected by the user in the herd inventory. The purpose of this addition would be to validate the inbreeding and the genetic indexes of the potential progeny, and not to suggest a mating.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

A total of 1,800 producers have created their Compass account and 500 are actively using it on a regular basis. The management of inbreeding in a herd and/or breed is best done at the time of mating decisions.  The Inbreeding Calculator is a frequently used feature of the Lactanet (www.cdn.ca) web site and was not integrated into Compass to avoid duplication.  The “My Sires” feature in Compass was developed and added after the initial software launch in November 2019.


 NameLocation
MoverPier-Luc TardifSte-Hénédine, Quebec
1st SupporterAnthony Breton-RobertSt-Anselme, Quebec
2nd SupporterRégis BouletSt-Bernard, Quebec
3rd SupporterVincent RoySt-Isidore, Quebec
4th SupporterMathieu BissonSte-Marie, Quebec

Whereas…

Whereas the withdrawal of the DGV deprives breeders and people involved in genetic selection of a precious tool.

Whereas the parent average is available on the index reports of different countries (United States, Germany, Switzerland, etc.).

Whereas it would be easier to get an overview of the impact of genomics and the transmission potential of the animals by making a comparison between the genomic index and the parent average.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested that Lactanet publish the parent average for all traits and each genomic tested animal on the genomic reports sent to breeders as well as on the Lactanet Genetic Evaluation Summaries.

 NameLocation
MoverPascal MartinSte-Cécile-de-Milton, Quebec
1st SupporterBenoit LafondGuiges, Quebec
2nd SupporterJulie DuchesneSt-Narcisse, Quebec
3rd SupporterStéphane AlaryLuskville, Quebec
4th SupporterLouis St-AubinSt-Clet, Quebec