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

Therefore…

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

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

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 fat deviation genetic improvement and obtain a SNF/F ratio that is better adapted to the industry.

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

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

Whereas…

Whereas more and more cows have another calving within the same year;

Whereas they are penalized because they are dried off before 305 days;

Whereas lactation persistency is a beautiful and great quality in our cows that helps increase the profitability of our herds.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed that the BCA of cows dried off between 280 and 305 days in milk be calculated based on the 305-day projected yields at the time of dry off and that the BCA of cows who reach a lactation of 305 days be adjusted upwards when it is higher than the BCA based on the projected yields.

 NameLocation
MoverÉric LalibertéHonfleur, Quebec
1st SupporterFrançois LalibertéHonfleur, Quebec
2nd SupporterChristian TalbotArmagh, Quebec
3rd SupporterChristian BussièresSaint-Henri, Quebec
4th SupporterVincent AudetHonfleur, Quebec

Whereas…

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

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, Quebec
1st SupporterJessie RiouxSaint-Clément, Quebec
2nd SupporterEleanor RobinsonOsgoode, Ontario
3rd SupporterMarie-Ellen TruemanSaskville, New Brunswick
4th SupporterOliver BalmeCobble Hill, British Columbia

Whereas…

Whereas some of the data that best reflect a cow’s profitability are her production per day of life;

Whereas the type of herd management applied on the farm can impact BCAs (dry period before 305 DIM, extended lactation).

Therefore…

Therefore it is proposed that the results of the accumulation of Milk, Fat and Protein per day of life be official publishable information on the same level as BCAs.

 NameLocation
MoverJulie DuchesneSaint-Narcisse, Quebec
1st SupporterBenjamin NieuwenhofSainte-Agnès-de-Dundee, Quebec
2nd SupporterAlphonse PittetSaint-Tite, Quebec
3rd SupporterHans BroenimaanSainte-Perpétue, Quebec
4th SupporterLouis St-AubinSaint-Clet, Quebec