Three Letter Acronyms & Words That Frustrate

Canadian Dairy Industry Acronyms

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The Canadian Dairy Industry is chock full of acronyms and short forms.  Here is a reference list to help you navigate your way through the "cow talk."

Acronym - Meaning (Description)
AAFC - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Agriculture Department of the Canadian government)
AGM - Annual General Meeting 
AI - Artificial Insemination 
AIPL-USDA - Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory - United States Department of Agriculture (The Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) conducts research to discover, test, and implement improved genetic evaluation techniques for economically important traits of dairy cattle and goats.)
AJCA - American Jersey Cattle Association (National Jersey Breed Association for the United States)
ATQ - Agri-Tracibilite Quebec (Agency which administers the Quebec dairy cattle identification traceback system)
BCA - Breed Class Average (Milk, Fat and Protein index used by all milk recording programs across Canada)
CCIA - Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (Agency which administers the national animal identification traceback system)
CDIC - Canadian Dairy Information Centre (Internet reference for comprehensive statistics for the Canadian dairy industry)
CDN - Canadian Dairy Network (Provides genetic evaluations for all dairy cattle breeds in Canada)
CFBMC - Canadian Farm Business Management Council (Management resource for farm business managers)
CFIA - Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Government agency dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants)
CIAQ - Centre d'insemination artificielle de Quebec (Quebec-based Semex affiliate)
CLGA - Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (Nationwide not-for-profit trade association representing market access and animal health interests)
CQRL - Conseil quebecois des races laitieres (Association representing all dairy breeds in Quebec)
DairyComp  - Dairy Management Software
DHI - Dairy Herd Improvement (Milk recording organizations; CanWest DHI or Valacta)
DMI - Dry Matter Intake 
EBV - Estimated Breeding Value (Canadian genetic evaluations assigned to dairy animals)
ET - Embryo Transfer 
EX - Excellent (Classification category assigned to cows scoring 90-97 points)
EZ-IR  - Brand name for NLID ear tags
F - Fair (Classification category assigned to cows scoring 60-69 points)
F - Fat 
F&L - Feet and Legs 
FA - Foot Angle 
G - Good (Classification category assigned to cows scoring 70-79 points)
GA - Gold Production Award (Jersey Canada production award for cows with a composite BCA for fat and protein greater than 566)
GEBV - Genomic Estimated Breeding Value (Canadian genetic evaluations assigned to dairy animals, incorporating genomic data)
GLPI - Genomic Lifetime Profit Index (Primary genetic selection tool used to rank dairy bulls and cows in Canada, incorporating genomic data)
GP - Good Plus (Classification category assigned to cows scoring 80-84 points)
GR - Genetic Recovery (AJCA prefix assigned to a daughter of a PR dam and a known Registered Jersey sire)
HL - Herd Life 
Inbr.Coeff. - Inbreeding Coefficient 
JMS - Jersey Marketing Service (Marketing arm of the American Jersey Cattle Association)
JPI - Jersey Performance Index (Primary genetic selection tool used to rank Jersey bulls and cows in the United States)
LHO - Ontario Large Herd Operators (Organization dedicated to introducing innovative dairy technology, and contributing a larger commercial viewpoint to the dairy industry)
LPI - Lifetime Profit Index (Primary genetic selection tool used to rank dairy bulls and cows in Canada)
M - Milk 
MGD - Maternal Grand Dam 
MGGD - Maternal Great Grand Dam 
MGGS - Maternal Great Grand Sire 
MGS - Maternal Grand Sire 
MUN - Milk Urea Nitrogen 
NAJ - National All-Jersey Inc. 
NLID - National Livestock Identification for Dairy (Agency which administers the national dairy cattle identification traceback system)
OA - Original Animal (AJCA prefix assigned to a living female with an unknown Jersey sire, or a dead or unknown female, or the daughter of a Registered Jersey sire out of a J1 female)
OFAC - Ontario Farm Animal Council (Non-profit educational organization)
OMAFRA - Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 
P - Protein 
PA - Platinum Production Award (Jersey Canada production award for cows with a composite BCA for fat and protein greater than 633)
PR - Provisional Register (AJCA prefix assigned to a daughter of an OA dam and a known Registered Jersey sire)
RAWF - Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 
REG NO - Registration Number 
RLRV - Rear Legs Rear View 
RLSV - Rear Legs Side View 
ROF - Return Over Feed 
SA - Silver Production Award (Jersey Canada production award for cows with a composite BCA for fat and protein greater than 500)
SCC - Somatic Cell Count 
SCS - Somatic Cell Score 
UD - Udder Depth 
UR - Unregistered (AJCA prefix assigned to unidentified Jerseys)
VAMPP  - Dairy Management Software
VG - Very Good (Classification category assigned to cows scoring 85-89 points)
WDE - World Dairy Expo 

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