Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute

Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute

silodlogoThe Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute (ADFI) is a private, not-for-profit research organization located on a 150 acre working dairy farm in New Brunswick. ADFI was created in 1996 after the closure of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada dairy research program in Fredericton, NB.

ADFI’s mandate is to provide high quality research (both scientific and practical) that will benefit dairy producers. Although the organization has an Atlantic focus, it also has an internationally active research program, working regularly with researchers across Canada and the United States.

ADFI maintains a 50-cow milking herd with replacements, the herd is used for research in areas ranging from cow comfort to feeding alternative crops and many others. A number of cannulated cows are also kept on site for use in digestibility studies. ADFI’s research program is also active in the areas of cow nutrition, alternative crops / cropping systems, greenhouse gas mitigation and financial benchmarking.

In addition to the research farm itself, ADFI operates a fee-for-service laboratory providing forage and soil analyses. These capabilities are utilized within ADFI’s research program and also allow ADFI to offer services to Atlantic producers.

For more information on the Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute (ADFI) or to see more of the services we offer. Feel free to contact us in person or online at:

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100 years of research excellence at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre

100 years of research excellence at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development  Centre

On October 2nd the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre celebrated 100 years of research excellence in Lennoxville, Quebec. Over 75 government and farm representatives, Centre staff and scientists attended the event.  Various speeches were given by special guests from AAFC, the mayor of Sherbrooke, and past Centre directors to mark the evolution of the research conducted at the farm over time.

100 years ago…

The Centre was opened on April 1, 1914. It used 175 hectares of land at the time, had 13 full time employees, 5 horsemen, three labourers, a herdsman, a gardener, a foreman, an assistant foreman and a secretary (average hourly wage $0.18 / hour). During the summer season, 43 people worked the farm.

Present day…

The farm covers an area of 422 hectares, of which 288 square hectares are used to cultivate perennial and annual crops. There are 20 researchers, 122 employees and about 80 students and trainees. Of the 20 researchers, seven are working in dairy production – nutrition, lactation and metabolism; 4 in the area of genomics; and 3 on greenhouse gases and manure treatment; and six in swine production. In 2010 a new dairy complex was built, including a new tie-stall barn, a metabolic room, two environmentally controlled chambers (used to measure methane emissions from dairy cattle) and a surgery room. There are 111 cows that produce 10,272 kg of milk or 33 kg/day.

Dairy Farmers of Canada has proudly partnering with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to invest in dairy research at the farm since 1996 under the Production Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (PESAC) program, and since 2010 through the Dairy Research Cluster. Scientists at the Centre are now working on projects to improve hoof health, the eco-efficient management of forage crops and manure, mitigation of enteric methane production from dairy cows, balancing dairy rations for protein and more!