Founding partners

The Lactanet partnership between CanWest DHI, CDN and Valacta brings together leading dairy herd improvement organizations responsible for milk recording, genetic evaluations and knowledge transfer in Canada. 

By leveraging the respective strengths of the three partners, Lactanet provides Canadian dairy farmers with the tools necessary to help them succeed and face the challenges that lie ahead for our industry while ensuring our global leadership position for the future.

Lactanet combines the strength of these three partners:

CanWest DHI was established in 2004 as an alliance of Western Canadian DHI Services and Ontario DHI.  CanWest DHI provides herd management products and services to more than 3,500 herds across five provinces and four time zones with a team of 200 dedicated employees.  CanWest operates three labs and tests about 3 million DHI samples annually. The labs are located in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Edmonton, Alberta and Guelph, Ontario. CanWest provides a growing range of health and disease diagnostic milk testing services including Johne’s & Leukosis, Mastitis, Milk Preg Test, BVD, and Ketoscreen.

Valacta, the dairy production centre of expertise, is the successor to the Programme d’analyse des troupeaux laitiers du Québec (PATLQ), which in turn, came from the Dairy Herd Analysis Service (DHAS) established by McGill University during the 1960’s. Valacta improves the profitability and sustainability of dairy farms by raising producers’ awareness of the multiple aspects of the technical and economic performance of their herd and management. On an international level, Valacta shares its expertise with several countries such as Ukraine and Brazil. With more than 3 million samples tested each year, our laboratory is one of the largest in North America, serving the industry for over 50 years. It is audited periodically by the Standards Council of Canada according to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. With its head office located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Valacta has a large team of nearly 300 employees serving close to 4,000 customers in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

VALACTA 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Mr. Pierre Lampron, Chair,  Organic Dairy Producer from Saint-Boniface, Mauricie, appointed by the Quebec Dairy Producers (PLQ); 

Dr. Roger Cue, Ph. D., Vice-chair, Associate Professor, appointed by McGill University;

Mr. Gabriel Belzile, Dairy Producer from Saint-Clément, Bas-Saint-Laurent, appointed by the Quebec Dairy Producers (PLQ); 

Mr. Richard Bouchard,  Dairy Producer from Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix, appointed by the Quebec Dairy Producers (PLQ); 

Mr. YvoN Boucher, Dairy Producer from Saint-Césaire, Montérégie, appointed by the Quebec Dairy Producers (PLQ); 

Mr. LAVAL POULIN, appointed by MAPAQ;

Dr. KEVIN WADE, Ph. D., Associate Professor, appointed by McGill University;

Ms. Barbara Paquet, Dairy Producer from Saint-Côme-Linière, Beauce, appointed by Ciaq;

Mr. RÉNALD DUMAS,  Dairy Producer from Iverness, Centre-du-Québec, appointed by the CQRL;

Dr. Jocelyn Dubuc, DVM, MSc, DVSc, appointed by Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Université de Montréal;

Ms. Fanny LEPAGE, Professor in management and governance of agricultural and agri-food businesses and Manager of the Plateforme de formation en entrepreneuriat agricole, appointed by Laval University;

Mr. françois Brien, Dairy Producer from Saint-Roch-Ouest, Lanaudière, appointed by VIA Pôle d’expertise en services-conseils agricoles;

Ms. MARY ELLEN TRUEMAN, Dairy Producer from Sackville, New Brunswick, appointed by the Atlantic provinces;

Mr. NICK BOKMA, Dairy Producer from Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Observer for the Atlantic provinces;

Mr. OLIVIER D’AMOURS, Ph. D., agr., Sectoral Development Advisor, MAPAQ, Observer;

Mr. Daniel Lefebvre, Ph. D., agr., General Manager of Valacta and Manager of the Centre of expertise, Chief Operations Officer of Lactanet;

Mr. hUGO bélanger, B.A.A., Treasurer, Finance and Administration Manager, Lactanet;

Ms. Annik Perron, Board Secretary.  

Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) was officially created on May 29, 1995 as the result of a federal government decision to privatize all genetic evaluation activities in Canada. CDN is the national genetic evaluation centre for dairy cattle and provides data management and information services to Canadian dairy producers and member organizations including breed associations, dairy herd improvement agencies, A.I. organizations and Dairy Farmers of Canada.  With over 32,000 unique users monthly, the CDN website is the leading source for genetic information.

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