It’s Time to Have Your Say in Canadian Dairy Research!

  • Have you had your say in setting Canadian Dairy Research priorities for the future?
  • Do you have a question or an on-farm issue that you want solved by dairy research?
  • It’s time to Have Your Say in Canadian Dairy Research online at

The Dairy Research Cluster is seeking dairy farmers’ input on the future of dairy research priorities in its online survey titled, Have Your Say in Canadian Dairy Research. The survey will be open to the end of 2015. All questions submitted by dairy farmers, scientists and dairy stakeholders will be compiled and categorized for Dairy Farmers of Canada to help set dairy research priorities for the future.

Questions submitted by dairy farmers that fall under subject areas that are currently being researched will be sent to our network of scientific experts for an answer. These answers will be shared with farmers using our communications and knowledge transfer tools and networks.

What some farmers are saying now…

« We don’t have near enough research being done on growing our markets. » Dairy farmer, Ontario.

I want « Digital dermatitis treatment protocols, Johne’s test extension cooperation between provinces. » Dairy farmer, Alberta

« I want more research on eco-efficient production of energy on dairy farms » Dairy farmer, Quebec.

« How can hoof trimmers that collect and evaluate lameness correlate/interface their data into Dairy Comp for useful and easy to manage results for dairy producers/veterinarians/nutritionists. These results would not only help get a more complete picture of a complex devastating disease but establish some action plans for solving a serious animal welfare issue. The industry needs a team approach for lameness conditions. » Dairy farmer, Ontario.

Do you agree? Do you have other ideas? Have your say now:

On the web:
By Mobile: Text 76000 and in the message box, write the word Innovation. The link to the survey page will be sent to you on your mobile phone.

Video on dairy cattle care awarded by the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation

Video on dairy cattle care awarded by the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation

A video commissioned by the Dairy Research Cluster and produced by the University of Guelph’s SPARK program (Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge) won a bronze in the Electronic Media Category (Jack McPherson Award) by the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation.

The video was produced by the University of Guelph team, which includes, SPARK student Alaina Osborne and researchers Dr. Derek Haley and Clemence Nash. Scoring knee, hock and neck injuries is based on the research financed in the Cluster to develop an animal care comfort tool for farmers.

Access the comfort tool.

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Symposium 2015 – Nutrition and Health

Symposium 2015 – Nutrition and Health

According to the FAO, sustainable diets are defined as: “Those diets with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations. Sustainable diets are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources.” Health professionals have a role to play by educating the public. This year’s symposium will help explain this important and complex issue.

Specific topics include:

  • The global food supply to feed the world today and tomorrow
  • Sustainable diets: Good for us, good for the planet
  • The extent of food waste and how to make a difference
  • What is the contribution of milk production on the environment?
  • A life-cycle analysis and a local dairy farmer’s perspective

To consult the web summaries, visit