Whereas …

Whereas technological advances and many milking systems provide daily data on milk weights, components and SCC and;

Whereas more and more producers are no longer using official and unofficial recording systems.

Therefore …

Therefore, it is proposed that milk recording find quick and achievable solutions to deliver a service adapted to clients using daily data collection systems in order to collectively retain producers and to keep important data in the system.

 NameLocation
MoverAndrew WildeboerLacombe, Alberta
1st SupporterWilliam VandelindeLacombe, Alberta
2nd SupporterScott HastieBowden, Alberta
3rd SupporterFred HofstraMillet, Alberta
4th SupporterLee SimantonPonoka, Alberta

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet’s vision is to provide the premier source of information and innovative solutions for Canadian dairy farmers while ensuring global leadership in the dairy industry.

Whereas, many dairy farmers have invested heavily in milking technology that provides daily data (milk weights, fat and protein measures, SCC) to use for herd management. There is also a huge amount of data being generated (i.e. milk speed, number of visits) that is not being collected at all from these herds that could be used for breed improvement.

Whereas, due to increasing operating costs and the stagnant price of milk, many producers are looking at ways to cut costs, if milk recording no longer provides them an abundance of novel information for herd management, it will be discontinued

Whereas, with less and less herds contributing their data to the national database the overall quality of the industry’s data will be compromised. Additionally, data from these farms would no longer be available to contribute to bull proofs or be used to support genomic numbers in the future.

Therefore…

Therefore, be it resolved that, Lactanet develop a system of monitoring the quality of information received from farms with daily data collection and work with milking equipment companies to facilitate this transfer of information from all farms interested in contributing their data (“publishable” and “non-publishable” data). Lactanet should be responsible for establishing the standards and procedures for collecting this on-farm, daily data.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Lactanet is a founding member of a global partnership (International Dairy Data Exchange Network – iDDEN) and is developing an updated global data exchange network with the objective of implementing new international standards and facilitating more efficient data exchange with on-farm systems. This initiative involves farmer owned organizations from Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Nordic countries, Austria and USA. Lactanet is also working with major dairy equipment manufacturers on the development and implementation of this new data exchange system.


 NameLocation
MoverMorgan Overvest UyterlindeL’Orignal, Ontario
1st SupporterJustin VelthuisMetcalfe, Ontario
2nd SupporterJustin CrowleyHastings, Ontario
3rd SupporterHarry Van der LindenAntigonish, Nova Scotia
4th SupporterJohn WerryOshawa, Ontario

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet’s vision is to provide the premier source of information and innovative solutions for Canadian dairy farmers while ensuring global leadership in the dairy industry and;

Whereas many dairy farmers have invested heavily in milking technology that provides daily data (milk weights, fat and protein measures, SCC) to use for herd management.  There is also a huge amount of data being generated (ie: milk speed, number of visits) that is not being collected at all from herds that could be used for breed improvement and;

Whereas due to increasing operating costs and the stagnant price of milk, many producers are looking at ways to cut costs, if milk recording no longer provides them an abundance of novel information for herd management, it will be discontinued and;

Whereas with less and less herds contributing their data to the national database, the overall quality of the industry’s data will be compromised.  Additionally, data from these farms would no longer be available to contribute to bull proofs or be used to support genomic numbers in the future.

Therefore…

Therefore, be it resolved, that Lactanet create and adapt to a more cost-effective, electronic method of data collection for farms with milking technology that provides daily data, with the goal of retaining these herds as Lactanet customers and obtaining their extensive data for breed improvement and benchmarking.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

In addition to the current eDHI service, Lactanet has a number of initiatives in progress including the automated daily collection of information from automated milking systems as well as the establishment of a more efficient data exchange process that is being developed in conjunction with international partners and major equipment manufacturers (eg. DeLaval, GEA, Lely).


 NameLocation
MoverMorgan Overvest UyterlindeL’Orignal, Ontario
1st SupporterJustin VelthuisMetcalfe, Ontario
2nd SupporterJustin CrowleyHastings, Ontario
3rd SupporterHarry Van der LindenAntigonish, Nova Scotia
4th SupporterJohn WerryOshawa, Ontario

Whereas …

Whereas the number of herds using Lactanet is decreasing and;

Whereas more than 11% of herds in Canada use robotic milking and continues to increase and;

Whereas robotic systems gather accurate daily data from 2-3 milkings recording approximately 900 pieces of data per cow per year.

Therefore …

Therefore, it is proposed that Lactanet work with various relevant organizations to update and modernize data collection from robotic systems with the goal of promptly providing an official milk recording option that is publishable.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Dairy farms with robotic milking systems represent 14% of Lactanet herds and 18% of Lactanet cows. eDHI herds represent 1% of herds and 2% of cows using Lactanet milk recording services.


 NameLocation
MoverAndrew WildeboerLacombe, Alberta
1st SupporterWilliam VandelindeLacombe, Alberta
2nd SupporterScott HastieBowden, Alberta
3rd SupporterFred HofstraMillet, Alberta
4th SupporterLee SimantonPonoka, Alberta

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet’s vision is to provide the premier source of information and innovative solutions for Canadian dairy farmers while ensuring global leadership in the dairy industry and;

Whereas, many dairy farmers have invested heavily in milking technology that provides daily data (milk weights, fat and protein measures, SCC) to use for herd management. There is also a huge amount of data being generated (i.e. milk speed, number of visits) that is not being collected at all from these herds that could be used for breed improvement and;

Whereas, due to increasing operating costs and the stagnant price of milk, many producers are looking at ways to cut costs; if milk recording no longer provides them an abundance of novel information for herd management, it will be discontinued and;

Whereas, with less and less herds contributing their data to the national database the overall quality of the industry’s data will be compromised. Additionally, data from these farms would no longer be available to contribute to bull proofs or be used to support genomic numbers in the future.

Therefore…

Therefore, be it resolved, that Lactanet provide a service that allows the electronic collection of production data for recording of complete, publishable records from herds with the ability to collect data from on-farm systems, with the additional goal of developing more suitable reports for these farms to add value to milk recording and to add value to existing services that no longer provide novel information to this type of producer.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

There are currently 115,000 cows in robotic milking systems using regular DHI services where samples are collected routinely. There are an additional 13,500 cows currently enrolled in the eDHI service where milk production and sensor data (optional) is collected remotely. Most of the 950+ herds with robot milking systems also receive the specialized Robot Report – which provides performance and benchmarks on metrics unique to robot systems (eg. kg fat/box, cow refusals, robot failures, robot free time, robot milkings per day).


 NameLocation
MoverMorgan Overvest UyterlindeL’Orignal, Ontario
1st SupporterJustin VelthuisMetcalfe, Ontario
2nd SupporterJustin CrowleyHastings, Ontario
3rd SupporterHarry Van der LindenAntigonish, Nova Scotia
4th SupporterJohn WerryOshawa, Ontario

Whereas…

Whereas more and more producers are abandoning official and non-official milk recording to save money.

Whereas more than 11% of herds in Canada use robotic milking and that percentage is constantly increasing.

Whereas the robotic milking systems collect on a daily basis precise data from 2 to 3 milking per cow and therefore about 900 yearly data per cow.

Whereas the Holstein breed needs that its producers who are using a robotic milking system remain members. Basically, those breeders are essential to preserve the dynamism of our breeding clubs.

Whereas Lactanet has initiated electronic milk recording (eDHI) by which only milk yield has a publishable status, and not components.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed to request that Lactanet quickly offer a publishable milk recording option to update and modernize the collection of data from robotic systems so that the electronic milk recording is completed and the components are publishable.

In addition, it is also requested that Lactanet reduce the milk recording membership fees over the coming year in order to encourage the members to keep using the service.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

Lactanet introduced an eDHI service in early 2020 that includes remote data collection and provides the opportunity for publishable milk records. For robotic systems with component sensors, the data can be collected and used for the calculation of non-publishable production and BCA’s for components. While some European organizations are collecting sensor data for research purposes, we are not aware of any other milk recording organization globally that uses sensor data in the calculation of records at this time. Publishable component records are also possible if the on-farm component sensors meet the standards for accuracy established by the International Committee on Animal Recording (ICAR). This is the same organization that approves milk metering devices, milk analysis equipment for laboratories, record calculations, etc. At this time, no component sensors are currently ICAR approved.


 NameLocation
MoverFrédéric PelletierSt-Donat, Quebec
1st SupporterSimon ProulxRimouski, Quebec
2nd SupporterJulie DuchesneSt-Narcisse, Quebec
3rd SupporterBenoit LafondGuigues, Quebec
4th SupporterPascal MartinSte-Cécile-de-Milton, Quebec

Whereas…

Whereas it is difficult for cows bred before 80 days in milk to make it to 305 days in milk without a short dry-off period which, in general, is not successful.

Whereas the profitability of a farm operation increases thanks to the reduction of the calving interval and that reproduction is one of the main reasons for culling in Québec.

Whereas BCAs are used for several prizes such as Star Cow, Master Breeder, Best Herd Average, etc. and that a cow who does not complete 305 days in milk will be penalized by 1 point each 2 days not completed, and that therefore cows with good reproductive performance are penalized.

Whereas the BCA results are lowered for cows who were superior in the herd, it becomes unnecessary to use BCAs to carefully select the best animals in the herd.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed to no longer penalize cows that are dried off before having reached 305 days in milk and to keep the BCAs according to the projection of the last recording provided that they calve again within 70 days following the dry-off date.

*In those cases, only the BCA projections would be used for reports and prizes. The quantity of milk, fat and protein would be the quantity actually produced on the number of days at the end of the lactation.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

An analysis of the 2019 data indicates that 78% of the cows that dried off between 280 and 304 DIM calved again within 70 days of dry off. This is an idea previously discussed by the Industry Standards Committee.


 NameLocation
MoverLysanne PelletierSaint-Roch des Aulnaies, Quebec
1st SupporterMarie-Josée BardSte-Anne de La Pocatière, Quebec
2nd SupporterKevin BouletSaint-Francois-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Quebec
3rd SupporterOlivier MarquisSaint-Alexandre de Kamouraska, Quebec
4th SupporterJean-Philippe CharestSaint-Alexandre de Kamourask, Quebec

Whereas…

Whereas we want to maintain the importance and the credibility of lactations being completed.

Whereas the positive financial impact of shorter calving intervals is a generally acknowledged notion.

Whereas the use of bulls siring high fertility daughters, combined with sustained management methods aimed at reducing calving intervals, allows more and more producers to reach very satisfactory results.

Whereas once those objectives are reached and exceeded, many lactations do not reach the 305 days required, thus penalizing highly fertile and productive cows.

Whereas BCAs are unique indexes in Canada and 305-day lactations are ICAR international standards that cannot be modified.

Whereas it is recognized that practices having a substantial impact on the financial health of dairy farms are a concept consistent with its vision.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed to ask Lactanet to evaluate the possibility and to find potential solutions aimed at recognizing cows having completed 280 days in milk, by using projections or other means, so that fertile and high-producing cows are no longer penalized due to the fact that they are calving again within the time frame desired by producers seeking efficient management.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

An analysis of the data shows that the percentage of lactations where the cows were dried at less than 305 days in milk (DIM) has increased from 26% in 2014 to 32% in 2020. As well, in 2020 a total of 7.1% of the cows dried off between 280 and 289 DIM versus 5.5% in 2014 and 4.8 % in 2004. This is an issue previously discussed by the Industry Standards Committee without any clear solution.


 NameLocation
MoverBenoit LafondGuigues, Quebec
1st SupporterLysanne PelletierSt-Roch des Aulnaies, Quebec
2nd SupporterJulie DuchesneSt-Narcisse, Quebec
3rd SupporterLouis-St-AubinSt-Clet, Quebec
4th SupporterStéphane AlaryLuskville, Quebec