Dairy Funding Focuses on Forage and Fat

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced Thursday it will spend $1.75 million on research to enhance the energy of forage crops and study the impact dairy products like cheese have on human cardio-vascular health.

The investment is part of the Canadian government’s Dairy Research Cluster, which was launched in 2013. As part of the Growing Forward 2 agricultural framework, it allows Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) to tap into research conducted by AAFC scientists.

“We deeply appreciate this investment in research, because research is important in our sector,” said Dairy Farmers of Canada president Wally Smith. “This investment will encourage improving forages and contribute to the productivity and sustainability of our farms. It will also allow us to improve our understanding of the nutritional value and health benefits of milk products.”

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay said the new investment in research “will help boost milk yields and help maintain consumer confidence in the nutritional value of dairy products.”

The latest announcement brings total investment under the research cluster to $13.75 million. The cluster brings together scientific expertise in key areas such as sustainable milk production, dairy genetics and genomics, and the nutrition of milk products.

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Bernard Tobin

Bernard Tobin is Real Agriculture's Ontario Field Editor. AgBern was raised on a dairy farm near St. John's, Newfoundland. For the past two decades, he has specialized in agricultural communications. A Ryerson University journalism grad, he kicked off his career with a seven-year stint as Managing Editor and Field Editor for Farm and Country magazine. He has received six Canadian Farm Writers' Federation awards for journalism excellence. He's also worked for two of Canada's leading agricultural communications firms, providing public relations, branding and strategic marketing. Bern also works for Guelph-based Synthesis Agri-Food Network and talks the Real Dirt on Farming.


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