Electronic Data Collection

Reference ID:588


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, 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).

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