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 www.dairyresearch.ca 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.
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