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

Whereas…

Whereas Dairy producers pay for milk recording, pay for registration and classification, pay the A.I. units and pay for genomic testing, they are entitled to being able to use the data they produce and the indexes of their choice.

Whereas genetic data are the property of producers.

Whereas DGVs are a source of information that contribute to the estimation of genetic potential.

Whereas Lactanet has decided to withdraw DGVs without the approval of producers for whom this information is an additional tool for herd management.

Whereas Lactanet claims to be transparent in the information and ownership of data. Whereas the profitability of dairy farms is a growing challenge, the use of DGVs is an additional source of information that could assist in profitability.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested that Lactanet resume the publication of DGVs since producers never asked for its withdrawal.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Following consultation with various breeders and based on various analyses examining the potential benefits of DGV versus officially published genomic evaluations, the GEB recommended the discontinuation of DGV publication, which was implemented effective December 2019.


 NameLocation
MoverAntony BoutinSaint-Georges, Quebec
1st SupporterPierre-Yves TremblyJonquière, Quebec
2nd SupporterJean-Francois BeaudoinSainte-Marguerite, Quebec
3rd SupporterMaxime BoutinSaint-Georges, Quebec
4th SupporterArmand LeclercSainte-Claire, Quebec

Whereas …

Whereas, the intensive use of genomics has led us to use lesser genetic diversity in our matings; and,

Whereas, the best sires available are often related due to a common use of bull sires between A.I. units; and,

Wherea,s some less exploited bloodlines no longer have the possibility of showing their genetic potential because of suggestive selection;

Therefore …

Therefore, it is moved that Lactanet try to find a solution in order to value the animals having genetic diversity in the breed.

 Name Location
MoverOlivier Leclerc, St-Patrice, QC,St-Patrice, Quebec
1st SupporterJean-Pierre Breton, St-Patrice, QC,St-Patrice, Quebec
2nd Supporter Philippe DionSt-Narcisse, Quebec
3rd SupporterSébastien SaindonSt-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, Quebec
4th Supporter Vincent RoySt-Isidore, Quebec

Whereas …

Whereas, the milk producers pay to produce and supply the data allowing for the calculation of genetic indexes; and,

Whereas, a very large proportion of the Lactanet financing comes from dairy producers or organizations funded by producers (breed associations, A.I. units, DFC, etc.); and,

Whereas, today’s farms can have access to an array of tools allowing them to increase their efficiency and whereas those tools depend on data for their functioning;

Therefore …

Therefore, it is moved that Lactanet recognize that the genetic indexes obtained through the collection of data on our farms also belong to the producers and that the producers can consent to sharing these data with the stakeholders of their choice.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

At the current time genetic indexes are calculated for all Canadian animals registered in a breed association herdbook and are publicly available.


 NameLocation
MoverOlivier LeclercSt-Patrice, Quebec
1st SupporterJean-Pierre BretonSt-Patrice, Quebec
2nd SupporterPhilippe DionSt-Narcisse, Quebec
3rd SupporterVincent RoySt-Isidore, Quebec
4th SupporterSébastien SaindonSt-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, Quebec

Whereas…

Whereas (In the majority of cases), producers pay to have their animal genomic tested.

Whereas the genomic results bring a lot of information on an animal and can increase its value.

Whereas the best time to sell a bull is when he is ready for service and that generally happens after the age of 1.

Whereas we presently do not have access to the updated genomic results of our bulls between the age of 1 and 3.

Therefore…

Therefore, we ask that Lactanet (CDN) continue to calculate and to make available to breeders the updated genomic results of bulls beyond the age of 1.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

This issue has been considered and supported, in principle, by the GEB and the Lactanet Board. A process to implement this recommendation still needs to be prioritized and established that also recognizes the existing fee structure applicable to A.I. bulls for which fees must be paid prior to 12 months of age.


 NameLocation
MoverAntony BoutinSaint-Georges, Quebec
1st SupporterArmand LeclercSainte-Claire, Quebec
2nd SupporterSarah PoulinSaint-Georges, Quebec
3rd SupporterFrancois VermetteSaint-Gervais, Quebec
4th SupporterEric BélangerSaint-Victor, Quebec

Whereas …

Whereas, Lactanet currently only publishes genomics from bulls under 3 years old if they are marketed by Lactanet member company.  But many bulls are imported privately by farmers who pay money to provide Lactanet with information through milk testing and classification;

Therefore …

Therefore, be it resolved that Lactanet should publish all genomic information on males and females that is available to them.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Genomic evaluations for bulls become official once the associated genetic evaluation fee is paid, which is routinely done by all A.I. companies that are Lactanet customers. There is no existing policy preventing any bull for which semen is privately imported by farmers from having an official Canadian genomic evaluation once the associated fee is paid. All genotyped females automatically have a published official evaluation.


 NameLocation
MoverStefan GubelmannWalton, Ontario
1st SupporterBrandon CooperBrownville, Ontario
2nd SupporterDave RousseauVerchères, Quebec
3rd SupporterFred MathysWawanesa, Manitoba
4th SupporterShirley DortmansStrathroy, Ontario