Livestock Research Innovation Centre Grand Opening

Livestock Research Innovation Centre Grand Opening

The Dairy Research attended the Livestock Research Innovation Centre grand opening last May 28 in Elora, Ontario. Walking the entire distance of the facility from end to end, which is about 1 kilometre long, is impressive! Congratulations to the entire team at U of Guelph, DFO and the many other organizations involved in the project.

Several research activities supported by the Dairy Research Cluster will be moved to the new site in the near future including a major study now underway on calf feeding, welfare and management led by Dr. Derek Haley (visit our project summaries at for more information).

A few facts about the facility:

  • Feed intake monitoring and control systems provide comprehensive date collection for nutrition and behaviour research trials.
  • Ventilation systems have been enhanced to provide more consistent control of the environment, so as not to undermine the accuracy of research results and provide for optimum cow health.
  • Sample preparation spaces have been provided for research trials related to processing of milk and dairy product development.
  • The provincial government has committed $20 million to the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre – Dairy Facility.  Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has committed an additional $5 million.  AAFC has contributed $3 million towards the DFO’s fund-raising initiative.

For more information visit their blog.

STELA Symposium 2015: Challenges and Opportunities for the Dairy Sector

STELA Symposium 2015:  Challenges and Opportunities for the Dairy Sector

The Dairy Research team set up the Have Your Say in Canadian Dairy Research kiosk on June 1-2, 2015 at the Université Laval’s dairy symposium. Students, researchers and farmers stopped by the booth for information and encouraged to take part in the survey on priorities in dairy research for the future.

A number of scientists and their students presented some of their latest findings in projects financed by Dairy Farmers of Canada including: animal welfare and behaviour, life cycle assessment of milk, mastitis, dairy cow diets, probiotics for the prevention of obesity and metabolic syndrome, bio-accessibility of antioxidants in fermented milk, impact of dairy on the control of high blood pressure and more.

For a direct link to the research carried out at the Université Laval, visit here.

Mastitis Network: Research Training Excellence

The hard work of the Mastitis Network was rewarded last week with the announcement that the Network was the recipient of a $1.65 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to establish a training program in milk quality. The funding will be delivered for six years under NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE). The principal investigators are Drs. Mario Jacques and Simon Dufour of the Université de Montréal.

The new NSERC funding will be in addition to funding provided for extensive research activities carried out by the Mastitis Network under the Dairy Research Cluster. According to the grant recipients, this new funding will speed up innovation in research in mastitis and milk quality and transfer knowledge to Canadian dairy farmers and especially better training for the next generation of mastitis experts.

The CBMQRN is one of the most successful research networks in the country. The network was initiated in 2001 as a result of dairy farmers wishing to develop a nation-wide mastitis research network and is working to decrease the incidence of mastitis, reduce economic losses and maintain milk quality through research and the effective and rapid transfer of results to users.

Mastitis Network’s Annual Scientific Meeting

DFC Research Team attended the CBMQRN’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal on May 27th. Scientists presented their work on research activities being carried out under the Dairy Research Cluster under three major themes: animal, pathogens and environment. The network spans 9 Canadian universities and 1 Federal Research Centre. For a more detailed list of projects underway in the Mastitis Network, please visit: Our Science, Your Milk photomaton

Two special initiatives were held for the Network’s students: a poster session competition and a communications training workshop.

Student Training Initiatives

Dr. Steve Roche of ACER consulting presented a workshop on Translating Science & Mobilizing Knowledge: Engaging your audience through effective communication. Dr. Roche presented on the key factors that influence an individuals to change their behaviour; provided tips and tricks for effectively communicating with your target audience and how to effectively communicate with relevant stakeholders about the importance of their research.

The poster competition was held in the evening of the event and the winners were: Antimicrobial Resistance in Bovine Coagulase‐negative Staphylococci – Diego Nobrega,Ph.D. student at University of Calgary, under the supervision of Dr. Herman Barkema

Development of guanine riboswitch ligands with antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus causing intramammary infections – Aamer Assi, M.Sc. student at Université de Sherbrooke, under supervision of Pr. François Malouin.

Winners of the poster competition were provided with $500 each offered by Zoetis.