$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)






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


2018 Dairy Research Symposium: Transferring Results for Action

2018 Dairy Research Symposium: Transferring Results for Action

The Dairy Research Cluster is pleased to present the 2018 Dairy Research Symposium: Transferring Results for Action next February 9th at the Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario.

Who should attend?

Canadian dairy farmers, dairy stakeholders and professionals working in the dairy farm sector that want to receive new and emerging knowledge on production and human nutrition and health research and tools have been developed drawing from these projects in the Dairy Research Cluster 2 (2013-2018).

Registration details and a preliminary agenda will be available later in the month of November.

We hope you can join us on February 9th!

New National Dairy Research Strategy Announced


Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has adopted a new strategy to direct its investments in dairy production and human nutrition and health research. Four major themes have been identified:

  1. Dairy farm efficiency and sustainability
  2. Animal health and welfare
  3. Milk composition, quality and safety
  4. Milk products and components in human nutrition and health.

Each theme has targeted outcomes established to ensure that dairy research projects will address the major issues Canadian dairy farmers want solved by research. To view a copy of the strategy, visit www.dairyresearch.ca.

The strategy will serve as an important guide for future research investments by DFC.
As a next step in the planning process, DFC’s call for research proposals will be launched the week of November 14, 2016.  Canadian dairy scientists will be invited to apply for funding for the next Dairy Research Cluster.

To receive the call for proposals announcement and details, please subscribe to our distribution list by clicking on the following link by November 11, 2016DFC Call for Research Proposals Distribution List.

New governance body for national research investments: The Canadian Dairy Research Council

The Canadian Dairy Research Council (CDRC) is a new committee with representation from all provinces and members of the Board of Directors of DFC. The CDRC reports to the DFC Board. It guides the overall development, implementation and delivery of research activities for dairy production, and human nutrition and health research.

The CDRC completed its first mandate in June 2016 and developed DFC’s National Dairy Research Strategy to better coordinate dairy farmers’ research investments at the national and provincial levels. The National Dairy Research Strategy was approved by DFC’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and presented to its General Council in July 2016.

For information on dairy research governance and on research highlights, download our fact sheets at:


Symposium 2016 – Nutrition and Health

Symposium 2016 – Nutrition and Health

The theme “Making Sense of Dietary Patterns” aims to look at how we eat and the various ways that we eat. Nutrition experts know that it is impossible to isolate the effects of individual foods and nutrients on health and disease prevention. Rather, it is the totality of one’s diet (combinations and quantities) that has synergistic and cumulative effects over time. Simply put, overall dietary patterns are a key determinant of lifelong health.


  • Making sense of trendy diets and superfoods
  • Saturated fat and cardiovascular disease: Then and now
  • Dairy and cardiometabolic health
  • The DASH Diet: A model for healthy eating

Live webcasts will be available on our website for those who cannot attend in person.

English webcast (broadcasted from Toronto) – November 8
French webcast (broadcasted from Montreal) – November 9

Join the conversation on Twitter by using #DFCsympo before and during the event.

Register now

Innovate3: Dairy Research Symposium 2016 – February 5, 2016

Innovate3: Dairy Research Symposium 2016 – February 5, 2016

Registration is now open for the Dairy Research Cluster Symposium on February 5th, 2016 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario. Called, Innovate3: PROmoting PROgress to the PROfit of the Canadian Dairy Industry, experts from across the country will share the latest research developments in dairy production, genetics and genomics, and human nutrition and health research.

A copy of the agenda and registration information can be found at dairyknowledge.ca.

The conference is bilingual with simultaneous interpretation available during the conference. There is no cost to register.

The one-day event will be accessible for the first time live via webcast and presented on site in association with Farm Management Canada.

For more information, please feel free to contact Shelley Crabtree: shelley.crabtree@dairyresearch.ca

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 dairynutrition.ca.

Top Honours for Canadian Dairy Scientists

Top Honours for Canadian Dairy Scientists

Congratulations to Canadian Dairy scientists, Drs. Anne-Marie de Passillé (University of British Columbia) and Ian Doohoo (Mastitis Network, University of PEI) for their inauguration as Honorary PhDs of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Helsinki on June 5, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. The ceremony is a three-day event (declared as one of the finest in the Academic world…). The President of the Republic of Finland was also among the ten individuals receiving their Honoray PhD. What follows is the write up on each one provided by the University of Helsinki:

Adjunct Professor Anne Marie de Passillé

Anne Marie de Passillé is an internationally esteemed researcher focusing on the behaviour of production animals. She has retired from the position of senior researcher at Agri-Food Canada but continues her research work as Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.

In 1995, Dr. de Passillé, and her husband working in the same field, started collaborating with the researchers of the then new field of science in Finland, the study of animal welfare and behaviour. It is largely due to her that the faculty’s researchers on the subject are today very well connected internationally and active in the scientific community. The teaching, guidance and research collaboration of the faculty with Anne Marie de Passillé has enabled the development of a once minor field of study into one of international renown.

Professor Ian Dohoo

Ian Dohoo is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada. He is a leading researcher in veterinary epidemiology who publishes actively. He is one of the pioneers in the creation of computer-based follow-up methods used in animal health research.

Prof. Dohoo has meritoriously taught the fundamentals of epidemiology to several generations of veterinarians. His courses, e.g. the yearly NOVA courses of the Nordic countries, have formed the basis for the epidemiological and statistical know-how of many Finnish researchers, and still continue to do so for the greater part of the doctoral students of the faculty. Furthermore, he has authored course books for veterinary epidemiology. Prof. Dohoo is an exceptionally motivating and good teacher who has been able to inspire his students. He has received several prizes for teaching and research as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Guelph and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

New!! DFC Research Investments and Activities in 2014

New!! DFC Research Investments and Activities in 2014
  • What are some of the paybacks from dairy research investments?
  • How are DFC investments being leveraged to maximize the number of research projects funded to meet Canadian dairy producers’ priorities?
  • Do you know the latest progress made in animal welfare research? Environment? Human nutrition and health?

A new annual publication called the DFC Dairy Research Highlights contains this information and more at: https://www.dairyresearch.ca/research-highlights.php

Features include some of the paybacks from investments in research, a timeline of major research activities in 2014, key results from projects and a complete list of all projects in operation in 2014, including those financed in human nutrition and health under DFC’s Executive Scientific Advisory Committee.

For copies of the document or more information, contact Shelley Crabtree at shelley.crabtree@dairyresearch.ca.

Dairy Research at the DFC Annual General Meeting – July 13-15, 2015

The Dairy Research Cluster booth was installed at the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s AGM from July 13-15 in Vancouver BC. The latest dairy research publications were distributed to farmers and industry contacts. Farmers and dairy representatives working in the equipment and banking sectors also took part in the “Have Your Say in Canadian Dairy Research” campaign by filling out the online survey at www.dairyresearch.ca.



UBC Tour: Dairy Research Excellence!

A special edition of the Dairy Research Update features the work of UBC researchers with projects financed by industry at the Dairy Research and Education Centre at UBC.