The government of Ontario has pledged a $2.35 million investment to the University of Guelph (U of G) for advanced animal research related to livestock health, well-being, and productivity.
Designed to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of the Ontario livestock sector, the research will provide farmers with the latest knowledge and on-farm solutions for safely managing livestock, so they can continue to be world leaders in the agriculture sector. It will be delivered through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the U of G.
Malcom Campbell, vice-president of research at the University of Guelph says the university is excited to build on their partnership with OMAFRA.
“This research, undertaken by world-class researchers, will create real-world solutions that support the competitiveness of our livestock industry; that ensure the continued production of safe, sustainable, and nutritious food; and that fuel innovation that has a positive global impact,” Campbell explains.
The research projects will investigate innovate methods, practices and products that will help the sector better understand and support livestock health and welfare, including, but not limited to:
- Identifying genetic markers to reduce disease and infections in sheep and cows
- Evaluating novel methods to prevent bovine respiratory disease
- Validating the use of probiotics to support the health of multiple livestock species
Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman says the investment will support the growth, productivity, and competitiveness of Ontario’s livestock sector.
“The research we’re investing in will provide farmers with some of the latest knowledge and tools they need to keep farm animals and food safe,” says Hardeman.