Electronic Data Transfer & Standards

Reference ID:590


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, 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.

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