For the coming decade, the Dairy Farmers of Canada ProAction Initiative mandates that indoor and outdoor spaces must be provided to promote exercise for cows and calves. However, according to Québec legislation, exercise yards are subject to the same regulations that govern waste management. We developed this project with these requirements in mind. The project’s overall objective is to make available an indoor and outdoor exercise yard design that improves dairy cow and calf well-being while complying with Québec regulations.
From 2018 to 2022
Numerous studies show that well-treated cows produce more and better quality milk.
Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault | McGill University | Université Laval | University of British Columbia | Valacta
This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
Based on previous work conducted at IRDA and our team’s expertise, this project looks to finalize the development of a robust and cost-effective swine slurry bioconversion system.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
The aim of this project is to show that efforts made to better distribute phosphorus on the land are effective and that the indicators used to determine phosphorus saturation thresholds are correlated with soil phosphorus balance and dynamics.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser