Canadian Dairy Researchers Awarded!

Dairy Farmers of Canada congratulates Drs. David Kelton, Stephen LeBlanc, Todd Duffield, Trevor DeVries (University of Guelph), Herman Barkema, and Karin Orsel (University of Calgary), for their achievements in dairy research excellence!

During the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in June, five Canadian dairy researchers were included in the Journal of Dairy Science’s (JDS) Club 100. The JDS Club 100 is an award given to researchers who authored over 100 publications in the Journal of Dairy Science. The Journal of Dairy Science is a high impact peer-reviewed journal for dairy research publications and read across the globe in the dairy science community.

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Left to right: JDS editor-in-chief Dr. Matt Lucy, Dr. David Kelton – University of Guelph, Dr. Stephen LeBlanc – University of Guelph, Dr. Todd Duffield – University of Guelph, Dr. Trevor DeVries – University of Guelph, Dr. Herman Barkema – University of Calgary and Dr. Bill Weiss, Ohio State University, ADSA Annual Meeting. Photo credit: JDS

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Dr. Karin Orsel received the Merck Veterinary Award on July 16, 2019, during the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario. Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the award is presented to a CVMA member whose work in food animal production practice, clinical research, or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of food animal medicine and surgery, including herd health management.

Inside Dairy Research Highlights 2018: Ten success stories showcasing dairy innovation

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s 2018 Research Highlights are available online for download on dairyresearch.ca. The report covers research governance, DFC investments and partners, and contains ten research success stories in DFC’s priority research areas.

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Research Highlights 2018 

The success stories provide concrete examples of how investments in research are contributing to innovation and excellence. A list of the story headlines follows:

  1. Dairy farms increased efficiency and productivity and have lowered GHG emissions from milk production
  2. Identifying two new traits to select dairy cattle for high feed efficiency and low methane gas emissions
  3. Research supports progress in animal care under proAction®
  4. Canadian team advances world-class research on best practices and standards for dairy cattle welfare
  5. New pathways to prevent, manage and treat infectious diseases of dairy cattle
  6. Mastitis network transfers knowledge and tools for milk quality and production excellence
  7. Impact of milk products on weight and body composition among children and teens
  8. Cheese helps to stabilize blood sugar levels
  9. Benefits of milk as a source of high-quality protein in the management of lung cancer patients
  10. Beneficial effects of consuming skim milk after exercise compared to a sports drink

Breakdown of 2018 research investments

Every dollar invested in dairy research by DFC is leveraged to add about three more dollars in investments from our partners.

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$16.5M invested in a third Dairy Research Cluster: For a productive, innovative and sustainable sector

logo_grappe_3__sans_txt_EN-FROn July 16, 2019, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an $11.4 million investment in a third Dairy Research Cluster to be led by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). Joint industry and government commitments to the Dairy Research Cluster 3 total $16.5 million, including the contribution from major partners Lactanet Canada, Novalait, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Investments will be made in 15 research projects targeted to address DFC’s strategic research priorities identified in the National Dairy Research Strategy and will cover dairy farm efficiency and sustainability, cow health and welfare, milk quality, and the health benefits of dairy products consumption.

The Dairy Research Cluster 3 (DRC3) builds on the success of the Dairy Research Cluster 1 and 2 (2010-2018) to stimulate productivity, sustainability, and profitability on farms, and to improve knowledge of the health benefits of milk and dairy products consumption.

Communications, knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) activities are also planned for the DRC3 with a focused and strategic approach based on the National Strategy for Dairy Production Research Knowledge Translation and Transfer.

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List of the Dairy Research Cluster 3 projects and investments (2018-2023)

 

 

 

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Map with the location, institution, and number of scientists involved in the Dairy Research Cluster 3