Lactanet Celebrates 25 Years of the Canadian Dairy Network (CDN)

On May 29, 1995, Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) was established as a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization, responsible for delivering genetic evaluation services for dairy cattle in Canada.  As the federal government was privatizing these services to each livestock sector, CDN was formed by the dairy industry “Futures Group”, made up of leaders from the A.I., breeds and milk recording sectors.

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) played a pivotal role in negotiating federal government funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) during the first three years of inception. CDN has since been financially sustainable by the Canadian dairy cattle improvement industry through its genetic evaluation service fee structure.

In June 2019, after delivering 79 official genetic evaluation releases and ten years of genomic evaluations, CDN was one of three organizations that formed the Lactanet partnership.

Brian Van Doormaal (l), CDN General Manager, and Gordon Souter (r), inaugural CDN Board Chairman, signing the agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for the transfer of genetic evaluation activities to the dairy cattle improvement industry.

First official CDN Board of Directors (l to r):
Brian Van Doormaal (General Manager), Dr. Jim Wilton (U. of Guelph), Jacques Laforge (DHI), Larry Sheardown (Breeds), Guy Charbonneau (Breeds), Cameron Davidson (A.I.), Gordon Souter (Board Chairman, A.I), Chris Buchner (DHI), Pierre Doyle (AAFC).

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For more information, contact Brian VanDoormaal at
(519) 831-0028.

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