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

Publication of Genomic Information

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… View Details

Genomic Results for Bulls

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… View Details

Sharing of Genetic Indexes

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… View Details

Genetic Diversity

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… View Details

Publication of DGV’s

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… View Details

Publication of Parent Averages

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… View Details

Inbreeding Calculator

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… View Details

Genetic Data

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”… View Details

Compass Mating Capabilities

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… View Details

Haplotype Publication

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,… View Details

Milk Recording

280 Day Lactations

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… View Details

Lactations Less than 305 Days

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… View Details

Publishable Robot Records

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… View Details

Publishable Electronic 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 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… View Details

Publishable Records from Robots

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… View Details

Electronic Data Collection

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… View Details

Electronic Data Transfer & Standards

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… View Details

Electronic Data Collection

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.   Name Location Mover Andrew Wildeboer Lacombe,… View Details

Other

Individual Cow Performance Index

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… View Details

Combined Individual Performance Index

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… View Details

Lactanet Organizational Chart

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,… View Details

Lactanet Human Resources Plan

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… View Details

Genetic Evaluation Board (GEB) Voting Members

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… View Details

Industry Standards Committee Composition

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… View Details

Lactanet Board Composition

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…. View Details

Lactanet Board Composition – 2

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… View Details

Lactanet Board Composition – 3

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… View Details