DairyTrace set for fall implementation

By Jim Cornall contact

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Lactanet and DFC have been working collaboratively since 2016 towards the common vision of a national dairy cattle traceability program.
Lactanet and DFC have been working collaboratively since 2016 towards the common vision of a national dairy cattle traceability program.

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Lactanet Canada and policy and lobby group Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) have announced that DairyTrace, the national dairy cattle traceability program will become a reality in the fall of 2020, providing a single, common framework for dairy farmers to track animal identity and movements.

The announcement follows a separate, related communication from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last week, recognizing Lactanet Canada as the national administrator responsible for dairy bovine animals under Part XV of the Health of Animals Regulations.

"Providing protection and peace of mind to consumers is vital, and when it is fully implemented, DairyTrace will provide a high-quality, national dairy cattle traceability system that takes our industry's efforts to the next level,"​ said Gert Schrijver, dairy producer and chairman of Lactanet's DairyTrace advisory committee. 

"The launch of DairyTrace will be a pivotal milestone for dairy producers, as it will provide the data management infrastructure needed to provide – for the first time – a true, pan-Canadian picture of the movements of dairy cattle."

DairyTrace takes advantage of existing structures, systems and solutions within the Canadian dairy cattle sector, which has the benefits of efficiency, cost effectiveness and implementation towards the targeted timeline as defined with proAction.

Under federal regulations and/or proAction requirements, everyone who owns or has the possession, care or control of dairy cattle must report animal identity, movement, location, and custodianship information.

Lactanet and DFC have been working collaboratively since 2016 towards the common vision of a national dairy cattle traceability program. By harmonizing data under a common, national framework, DairyTrace will promote information sharing and potentially add value to research and genetics initiatives, all while aligning with the traceability module of DFC's proAction program.

DairyTrace will be managed by Lactanet's board of directors, with input and collaboration from DFC. DairyTrace takes advantage of existing structures, systems and solutions within the Canadian dairy cattle sector, including partnerships with Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) and Holstein Canada, which provides benefits in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness and timely implementation:

ATQ has led the livestock traceability program in Québec for more than 18 years, and will be hosting, supporting, and transferring data to the DairyTrace system and will continue to provide its services to Québec producers via SimpliTRACE.

Outside Québec, dairy producers will continue to purchase dairy bovine tags via the National Livestock Identification for Dairy (NLID) program, which will now be dovetailed alongside DairyTrace customer services. Both will be offered from Holstein Canada.

Lactanet is a farmer-run dairy herd improvement organization responsible for milk recording, genetic evaluations and knowledge transfe

Related topics: R&D, Fresh Milk, Dairy Health Check

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