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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.

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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.

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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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