National Dairy Cattle Traceability Program is Launched!

News Release Ottawa, ON

Lactanet Canada today announced the launch of DairyTrace, the national dairy cattle traceability program for dairy farmers in Canada.

October 5, 2020 (GUELPH, ON) – Lactanet Canada today announced the launch of DairyTrace, the national dairy cattle traceability program for dairy farmers in Canada. Designed and built to be a centralized national system for the management of all dairy cattle traceability data, DairyTrace will provide protection, prosperity and peace of mind to the Canadian dairy industry in the event of an animal health emergency.

Alongside the traceability module of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) proAction® initiative, DairyTrace will support the dairy industry by protecting the economic livelihood of dairy producers, as well as bring peace of mind to consumers in the event of an emergency. As dairy farmers embrace the DairyTrace system and report their traceability data, a significant benefit will be state-of-the-art traceback capabilities in the event of an emergency or animal health crisis.

DairyTrace includes two new traceability tools; a mobile app and on-line database portal, that will streamline and simplify the recording and reporting of animal identification and movement. In addition to these tools offering convenience and efficiency, the DairyTrace launch includes the release of a modern national website at, that hosts information for dairy producers, other custodians of dairy cattle and consumers. The DairyTrace program also includes outstanding customer service support, improved animal tags, and instructional materials in print, on-line and via video.

Under federal regulations and/or proAction® requirements, everyone who owns or has the possession, care or control of dairy cattle must record and report animal identity, movement, location, and custodianship information. “DairyTrace has been developed to provide dairy farmers with easy-to-use tools for managing their traceability obligations.” says Gert Schrijver, dairy producer and Chairman of Lactanet’s DairyTrace Advisory Committee.  Adding “All dairy farmers will also have access to a one-stop-shop for ordering their tags and receiving full customer support from the DairyTrace customer services and National Livestock Identification for Dairy (NLID) program offered through Holstein Canada or from Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) in the province of Québec where producers have successfully practiced this traceability model for many years using the SimpliTRACE system.” Also, to accommodate non-producer affiliates outside Québec, such as abattoirs, assembly yards and auction facilities, exchange systems have been built to allow information to be funnelled into the DairyTrace database. This will allow affiliates the option of using the new DairyTrace system or CCIA’s Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS).

Traceability affects over 1.4 million dairy cattle on over 10,000 farms. 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 also promote information sharing and potentially add value to research and genetics initiatives, all while aligning with the traceability module of DFC’s proAction® program. Lactanet and DFC acknowledge and express appreciation to Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada for financial support provided through its Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program.




About DairyTrace

In June 2020, Lactanet Canada was recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as the national responsible administrator for traceability of dairy bovine animals under Part XV of the Health of Animals Regulations. DairyTrace is the national traceability program, administered by Lactanet Canada, located in Guelph, Ontario and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. DairyTrace serves all dairy producers from coast to coast, along with affiliate organizations and industry partners. Traceability is:

  1. Critical to the Canadian dairy industry and its producers;
  2. Essential to the economic health of the industry;
  3. Important to the industry’s reputation globally and locally;
  4. Vital for financial stability to producers as it relates to a health crisis.

DairyTrace is managed by Lactanet’s Board of Directors, with input and collaboration from DFC. DairyTrace takes advantage of existing structures and systems within the Canadian dairy cattle sector, including partnerships with Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) and Holstein Canada, which provides benefits in terms of efficiency and cost-effective solutions as defined by proAction.

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About Lactanet Canada

Lactanet is a farmer-run organization serving more than 7,000 Canadian dairy producers from coast-to-coast. In addition to the DairyTrace program, Lactanet provides dairy herd management services including milk recording, genetic evaluations, software sales and support, health and disease lab diagnostics, knowledge transfer.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canadian dairy producers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the dairy sector in our country. It also seeks to maintain policies that promote the sustainability of Canadian dairy production and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media Contact

Brian Van Doormaal

Chief Services Officer

Lactanet Canada

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