Status

After a Resolution has been Carried, the next step involves consideration of the Resolution from the Lactanet Board of Directors. This typically takes place during the summer in conjunction with the Boards regular meeting. The status of each Resolution will be posted at the beginning of October to provide an update, further consideration or any action taken by the Board at that time. The status on past or present resolutions may change from time-to-time.


2021 Carried Resolutions

Genetics

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

A customized index is already planned for phase ii of COMPASS development but no timeframe has been determined and funding has not yet been established. Mating advice is not intended to be part of COMPASS as this duplicates and competes with existing producer systems available via Semex and other AI customers of Lactanet. An option for sorting sires by their A2 genotype and/or haplotype carrier status is already available in COMPASS and on the Lactanet website. However, consideration will be given to the integration of a haplotype management tool within the existing Lactanet inbreeding calculator. (also linked to proposed action for Inbreeding Calculator resolution).

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

We will examine the development of a feature within COMPASS that would allow the herd owner (based on an authorization process) to extract genetic evaluation data for their own animals in a file-friendly format in addition to the current pdf report feature. This approach would also address an issue raised in the Sharing of Genetic Indexes Resolution.

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

This resolution has been referred to the GEB for consideration and includes the potential tools to monitor and control the impact of inbreeding.

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

The current 12-month age limit for the distribution of unofficial genomic evaluations to bull owners and the genomic evaluation nominating organization will be extended to 18 months for bulls born in Canada, effective the December 2021 genetic evaluation release.

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

Lactanet will develop a new pop-up box accessible from each animal’s Genetic Evaluation Summary page that will quickly display its status for various genetic conditions and known haplotypes.

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

An inbreeding calculator is currently available on the Lactanet website. As an option to avoid the duplication of website development and ongoing maintenance costs, we will explore the opportunity to redirect COMPASS users to the existing tool in a seamless manner.

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

This issue has been considered on multiple occasions by the CDN and Lactanet Boards. The original decision to support the recommendation of the Genetic Evaluation Board to discontinue the publication of DGV remains.

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

All Canadian female genomic evaluations are published. All Canadian males have unofficial genomic information provided to the owner during the first 12 months. All males are eligible to have their information published publicly subject to the payment of the associated fees. The fees are used to fund the development and delivery of genetic and genomic evaluations. The current fee schedule will be reviewed during the upcoming year with consideration of the resolution and the ability to fund ongoing genetic evaluations, however, there is no commitment that the review will result in changes to the current policy.

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

It is important that each animal have only one genetic evaluation value published for each trait, publishing both Parent Averages and the official GPA values if therefore not desired. As a solution, Lactanet will be introducing a new animal page on its website that visually displays the impact of genomics on the animal’s genetic evaluation and associated Reliability value for LPI, Pro$ and several key traits. This new page will be available starting December 2021 for all genotyped females that are born in Canada or known to be Canadian owned.

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

All official male results are publicly available via files accessible on the Lactanet website. For females, genetic data is currently available through COMPASS and may be available in additional formats in the future as being considered in the Genetic Data Resolution.

Milk Recording

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

This is an issue that has been considered previously. We will explore solutions for this issue in parallel with the lactation publication initiative (see Resolutions: Publishable Robot Records, Publishable Electronic Records and Publishable Records from Robots) as any solution for this issue will also involve data system changes for Lactanet and industry partners.

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

Introduced nearly two years ago, our eDHI service offers a cost effective option to remotely collect data from on-farm electronic systems (robots and parlours). This service does not require a farm visit and has the option to use milk component sensor data in the calculation of management records. Also available for robot herds is a robot herd performance benchmark report.

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

Our eDHI service option is available (remote data collection with no farm visits) for customers with daily data collection systems (robots and electronic parlours). As well, there is an initiative in progress related to data exchange with on-farm systems and an industry initiative related to broadening the public availability of lactation records.

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

We are currently collaborating with 6 international milk recording partners and global milking equipment companies to further improve the dairy data exchange process. This option would complement the remote data access options currently available to Lactanet customers. Further, our industry initiative to broaden the public availability of lactation records is in progress.

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

Similar to the 280 Day Lactations Resolution, this issue has been considered previously and we will consider the resolution proposal as we explore solutions. A solution to this issue will involve data system changes for Lactanet and industry partners.

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

An industry initiative to broaden the public availability of lactation records is currently in progress. This initiative will build on the current eDHI service option where data from robotic systems and electronic parlours can be accessed remotely without requiring a farm visit. Further, the development of additional robot specific products is in progress.

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

An industry initiative to broaden the public availability of lactation records has been launched and is currently in progress. The initiative will include the collection and public availability of lactation records – including information from robotic milking systems. These changes will require changes by all industry partners and are anticipated to be completed later in 2022.

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

A service option to remotely collect data (eDHI) from robotic systems, including component sensor data, has been in place for nearly 2 years. This service option includes the ability for publishable Milk records. A new industry initiative to broaden the public availability of lactation records is currently in progress. Service fees are based on related costs and options that require less travel or staff time due to automation are reflected accordingly in the service fees.

Other

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet is an organization open for innovations.

Whereas BCAs are outdated tools.

Whereas ranking indexes offered by Lactanet through milk recording do not take into account the overall performance of the animals.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is moved to issue an index comparable to the Herd Management Score for each cow having completed one lactation. A combined individual performance index (C.I.P.I.). This index must combine performance related to production, reproduction and milk quality and also compare it to Canadian individuals for the same age.

 NameLocation
MoverFrancis PaquetSainte-Marie, Quebec
1st SupporterMarie-Pier MaheuSainte-Marie, Quebec
2nd SupporterNicolas TurmelSainte-Marie, Quebec
3rd SupporterDany ChabotSaint-Elzear, Quebec
4th Supporter Serge FaucherSainte-Marie, Quebec

This resolution is similar to the Individual Cow Performance Index Resolution. Development has been initiated and is planned for a 2023 introduction.

Whereas…

Whereas within any social, community or political organization, a member of a board of directors or advisory committee must normally withdraw from a decision when it is of financial interest for himself or an organization that he is associated with.

Whereas the decisions of the Genetic Evaluation Board (GEB) are of financial interest for producers and/or distributors of dairy bull semen in Canada.

Whereas the Genetic Evaluation Board is composed of 7 dairy producers, 5 members of the dairy genetic industry and 6 technical members who all have an equal share of voting rights.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed that the voting members of the Genetic Evaluation Board be only the dairy members of the said Board.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

There are a total of 17 voting members on the GEB (out of the total 18 members) of which 7 are producers/breeders.


 NameLocation
MoverHubert GuimondSte-Anne-de-la Pocatière, Quebec
1st SupporterAlain GaronSt-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie, Quebec
2nd SupporterSébastian SaindonSt-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, Quebec
3rd SupporterDany PelletierSt-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Quebec
4th SupporterGervais PelletierSt-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Quebec

The Lactanet Board conducted a review of each industry committee during its first year and made changes as appropriate. The reviews included consideration of mandates, composition, representation and voting rights. No further GEB changes are planned at this time.

Whereas…

Whereas the Herd Management Score is a good indication of our herd management.

Whereas the improvement of our Herd Management Score has an effect on the improvement of the profitability of our operation.

Whereas having a Herd Management Score index for each animal, would allow us to identify the most profitable animals.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is moved that an Individual Cow Performance index be made available for each cow in the herd.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

The development of a cow equivalent to the Herd Management Score is part of the Lactanet business plan. The project is still in early stages of concept and we are working on the challenges of finding an optimal solution based on science and economics. No details are yet finalized.


 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

An initiative to develop and introduce an individual animal “performance” index is in progress. However, implementation will be delayed until 2023 due to internal resource limitations and the prioritization of the industry initiative to expand the public availability of lactation records (related to other resolutions).

Whereas…

Whereas the Industry Standards Committee is composed of eight people, only one of whom is a producer (representing the Lactanet Board of Directors).

Whereas the Committee would greatly benefit from integrating producers whose profile correspond to that of milking system users and who actively participate in the discussions about industry standards.

Whereas a thorough knowledge of the use of the various data sensors would be useful for determining the minimal standards relevant to the industry.

Whereas the producers are the basis of this industry, they are competent, informed, and highly ethical and result-oriented players.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is proposed that Lactanet add a significant number of unrelated producers corresponding to a variety of profiles in order to carry out the vision of the Industry Standards Committee.

 NameLocation
MoverLouis-St-AubinSt-Clet, Quebec
1st SupporterPascal MartinSte-Cécile-de-Milton, Quebec
2nd SupporterBenoit LafondGuigues, Quebec
3rd SupporterJulie BechesneSt-Narcisse, Quebec
4th SupporterHans BroenimannSte-Perpétue, Quebec

The composition of the Industry Standards Committee was reviewed by the Lactanet Board during its first year and was recently amended to add a dairy producer. Further, the future of this committee is to be reviewed again in light of the new industry initiative to broaden the public access of lactation records.

Whereas…

Whereas the weight of the breed associations (1) is well below that of the milk recording agencies (6) on the Lactanet Board of Directors.

Whereas the members of the breed associations express their concerns to their association.

Whereas the breeders are disappointed with the withdrawal of the DGV publication by Lactanet.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested that Lactanet better distribute the weight of breed associations on its board of directors in order to better represent the interests of breeders.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

The current Lactanet Board is comprised of directors from the following partners:

-3 farmer directors appointed by Valacta (Quebec and Atlantic)

-2 farmer directors from Ontario (elected at-large by DHI delegates)

-1 farmer director from Western Canadian DHI (western provinces)

-1 farmer director from Semex (must be a current Semex Board member)

-1 farmer director from DFC (must be a current DFC Board member)

-1 farmer director from Holstein Canada (must be a current Holstein Canada Board member)

-up to 2 external directors that do not need to be dairy farmers (to be appointed by the Board)

-1 external director is a licensed dairy farmer

-1 external director is a staff member of a dairy services organization in the Netherlands

Each of the 10 licensed dairy farmers on the board are all long-time members of at least one Canadian dairy breed organization.


 NameLocation
MoverLaurent FailletaztSt-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Quebec
1st SupporterHans BroenimannSte-Perpétue, Quebec
2nd SupporterPascal MartinSte-Cécile-de-Milton, Quebec
3rd SupporterLouis St-AubinSt-Clet, Quebec
4th SupporterBenoit LafondGuigues, Quebec

Each of the nine (9) core elected/appointed directors representing the lactanet partners must be a licensed Canadian dairy producer. Up to two (2) external directors that may be appointed by the Board are not required to be licensed dairy producers. All directors have a legal obligation to act in the best interests of the organization regardless of how they are selected/appointed to the board. For reference, all four industry committees include dairy producers and each of the current dairy producers on the Lactanet Board are members of a national breed association (including master breeder winner and past presidents of provincial breed associations).

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet is concerned with the succession planning in dairy production.

Whereas the road is very long and nearly inaccessible for young people to join the Lactanet board of directors.

Whereas young people are also clients and their vision is important for sound planning of the future.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is moved that the two seats considered as external on the Lactanet board of directors be reserved for young Canadians aged 35 or younger passionate about dairy production and genetics.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

The age distribution of the Board will change over time. For reference, the current board members range in age from 33 to 65 years of age.


 NameLocation
MoverFrancis PaquetSainte-Marie, Quebec
1st SupporterMarie-Pier MaheuSainte-Marie, Quebec
2nd SupporterNicolas TurmelSainte-Marie, Quebec
3rd SupporterDany ChabotSaint-Elzear, Quebec
4th SupporterSerge FaucherSainte-Marie, Quebec

The Lactanet Board remains committed to implementing and supporting good governance practices. The objective of the external positions is to allow for the addition of skills that would enhance the ability of the Board to execute their responsibilities. Lactanet continues to support and invest in the development of future leaders and industry governance training programs. Two of the current Lactanet directors are past participants in such leaders development programs.

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet is serving dairy producers and must be responsive to their needs.

Whereas it must be represented equitably by its clients, without any conflict of interest.

Whereas the financial contribution to Lactanet comes directly and indirectly from dairy producers.

Whereas producers annually invest more than 15 million in genetic tools.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is moved to change the governance structure by ensuring that all the Lactanet director seats are held by Canadian producers and not linked to other industry organizations. In order to avoid any conflict of interest in the decision-making process and to get Lactanet closer to the needs of its clients and not those of its partners. It is suggested to create with the partners an advisory committee for Lactanet.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

The current Lactanet Board is comprised of licensed dairy farmer representatives from the following dairy farmer-owned industry partners: Holstein Canada, Semex, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Western Canadian DHI, Ontario DHI and Valacta. The Board may also appoint up to 2 external directors that do not need to be licensed dairy farmers (there are currently two appointed – one of which is a dairy farmer).


 NameLocation
MoverFrancis PaquetSainte-Marie, Quebec
1st SupporterMarie-Pier MaheuSainte-Marie, Quebec
2nd SupporterNicolas TurmelSainte-Marie, Quebec
3rd SupporterDany ChabotSaint-Elzear, Quebec
4th SupporterSerge FaucherSainte-Marie, Quebec

The resolution is not consistent with the original intent of Lactanet as a partnership and removes the direct connection with key industry partners. Communication and coordination with industry partners remains an important strategy for our industry. Each director has a legal obligation to act in the best interest of the organization regardless of how they became a director. Good governance practices at Lactanet include Director Code of Conduct with a strong conflict of interest and confidentiality policy. Breach of the Code of Conduct requires resignation from the Board.

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet is the result of the merger of several milk production organizations.

Whereas the greatest share of Lactanet’s funding comes from the dairy producers using its services.

Whereas the number of dairy producers is decreasing each year.

Whereas mergers are not always a key to success in terms of operating costs.

Whereas it is essential to have quality service at a lower cost.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested that Lactanet develop a strategic plan for human resources for the next few years in order to ensure quality service but mostly a reduction in operational costs.

It is requested that in the interest of transparency, Lactanet disclose its strategic plan to producers in winter 2022.

 NameLocation
MoverYves LabbéSt-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec
1st SupporterEsthelle CharestSt-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec
2nd SupporterJean-Noel LabbéSt-Gervais, Quebec
3rd SupporterJérôme BeaudoinSt-Henri-de-Lévis, Quebec
4th SupporterMélanie BouletSt-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Quebec

Our vision and mission statements are available on the Lactanet website. As a dairy farmer led organization, our objective is to meet the needs of Canadian dairy producers, and we have traditionally used milk recording enrolment as the measure. While we continuously strive for operational efficiency, our strategic plan includes continued investment in innovation to meet the changing needs of our customers (new traits, data exchange with on-farm systems, collection and integration of sensor data, changes to the availability of lactation records, etc.). Many of our industry reports will include key elements of our plan and objectives, with more details where requested.

Whereas…

Whereas Lactanet is the result of the merger of several organizations operating in the field of milk production and;

Whereas several previous employees of those organizations stayed with the new entity, but with different roles and;

Whereas the producers wishing to obtain specific information have difficulty finding their way.

Therefore…

Therefore, it is requested to make that chart available to dairy producers.


Reference information provided by Lactanet:

The Lactanet organizational structure includes the following key operational divisions:

-Operations division, Daniel Lefebvre, Chief Operating Officer – labs, innovation and development, information technology, Customer Service Desk and Centre of Expertise;

-Industry Services division, Brian Van Doormaal, Chief Services Officer – genetic evaluations, DairyTrace and industry data exchange;

-Sales and Services West, Ron Hurtubise, Director – milk recording services in Ontario and West;

-Sales and Services East, Guy Boyer, Director – milk recording and advisory services in Quebec and Atlantic, proAction validation services in Quebec;

-Business Development, Richard Cantin, Director – national business development, herd management software and proAction validation services in Ontario;

-Communications, Annik Perron, Director – national communications activities;

-Finance, Rob McTaggart, Director – national finance and facilities;

-Human Resources – Clement-Guy Bernard, Director – national human resources activities.


 NameLocation
MoverYves LabbéSt-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec
1st SupporterEsthelle CharestSt-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec
2nd SupporterJean-Noel LabbéSt-Gervais, Quebec
3rd SupporterJérôme BeaudoinSt-Henri-de-Lévis, Quebec
4th SupporterMélanie BouletSt-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Quebec

The new unified Lactanet website, launched in June 2021, now includes both Board Members and senior managers. Anyone seeking additional information is invited to contact the appropriate senior manager or the Lactanet Customer Service Desk at 1-800-549-4373.