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April 2022 | Quebec Edition


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Resolutions 2022

Voting is now open online to show your support for Resolutions submitted to Lactanet. All licensed Canadian dairy farmers have the opportunity to submit one vote per dairy farm for each Resolution posted. Voting will close on April 29th and results will be posted on May 2nd!

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Genetic Evaluation Release

Genetic Evaluation Release


The April 2022 Genetic Evaluations have now been released and are posted online. Remember, you can use the new Genomic Visualization Tool to see how your animal's genetic evaluation has changed after genotyping.

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The Impact of Genomics

Impact of Genomics

Earlier this year the database of Lactanet and its international partners surpassed the milestone of six million genotypes! While the impact of genomics varies between breeds, genomics has cemented its place as a vital tool in breeding and management decisions.

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5 Reasons to Genotype Your Ayrshires

Genomic Test Your Ayrshires

During the past four years, only 24 to 37 Canadian Ayrshire breeders have genotyped at least five females in their herd and the average number of genotyped Canadian-born females has been less than 600. This translates to an 11-12% adoption rate of heifer genotyping in Canadian Ayrshires.

Review the 5 reasons why Canadian Ayrshire breeders need to change their mindset and start genomic testing their heifers and cows.

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Breaking the Barriers: Mental Health in the Farming Community

Mental Health

May 2nd to 6th is Mental Health Week. Let's destigmatize mental health together in the farming community!

"I like to say that when you're a farmer, you have to wear many hats. But there are many things you can't do yourself! If I don't have the skills to operate on a cow, I call a vet.

If I don't have the skills to fix my tractor engine, I send it to the garage! It's the same thing with our mental health." - Interview with Martine Fraser - farm outreach worker with Au Coeur des familles agricoles (At the heart of farming families)

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Mini OIS

Mini OIS


Save-the-date for Lactanet’s one-day
mini OIS on Thursday June 9th, 2022.

The agenda will be released closer to the event, however, registration is now open if you wish to attend.

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A Walk in the Field

Walk in the Field

It's springtime! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the fields have begun to grow! Our challenge this month is totake a walk in your fields. Nothing better than a good assessment of your fields to plan for the next few months ahead.

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Milking Robots, Where Efficiency meets Profitability

Robotic milking

Milking robot efficiency is the number of kilos of milk per minute in the robot. The ideal cow for robotic milking has a good temperament, good mammary gland conformation, and an above average milking speed.

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A Bulk Tank Test for Leukosis

Leukosis Bulk Tank test

For the past few years, bulk tank milk testing has been used to estimate the prevalence of bovine leukosis within a herd. In 2017, all Quebec dairy herds were tested at the request of the Producteurs de Lait du Québec. Since January 2022, the second round is now underway. How will the results be presented? What is the economic impact of leukosis in my herd?

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PROFILab for Cows on Pasture

PROFILab for Cows on Pasture

If a cow has access to a pasture that offers forage in sufficient quantity and quality, her consumption will be very high and will influence her production and milk fat content. To help you manage feeding of your herd on pasture, use PROFILab during the summer season to evaluate the impact of grazing management on the milk and fat performance of your herd.

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Progress Reports - Coming soon

  • West – distributed with the May Milk Producer magazine
  • Ontario - distributed with the May Milk Producer magazine
  • Quebec – distributed following the May LPLQ magazine
  • Atlantic – stats available online in early May and full report available online at the end of May.

To see previous year issues of our Progress Reports, Click here