Since the late 1990s, agricultural crisis such as mad cow, scrapie, the Avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease brought attention to devise a system that would safeguard public health, animal welfare and our economy.
1997 – Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) program development started by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
1998 – Introduction of a voluntary multi-species National Livestock Identification for Dairy (NLID) program with barcodes on animal tags.
2001 – Ear tag cattle identification (ID) is mandatory under federal regulation.
2003 – Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) animal ID tags change with ISO 3166 numbering system.
2010 – Improvements to tag quality, standards, cost, and distribution enhances the program.
2015 – 99% of registered dairy farms are part of Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) program and Dairy Farmers of Canada launches proAction®.
2017 – Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) qualifies to become the national responsible administrator for dairy cattle traceability.
2019 – Lactanet Canada is formed from the partnership of Canadian Dairy Network (CDN), CanWest DHI and Valacta.
2020 – Lactanet Canada is granted official status by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as the national responsible administrator for dairy bovine animals in Canada and launches DairyTrace.
2022 – 97% of active dairy producers in Canada have activated their DairyTrace accounts. There is a 22% increase in white tag sales from 2021.