In this project, initiated by Agrinova, IRDA will analyze the profitability of techniques used to repel pasture flies in organic dairy production. Agrinova’s initial project seeks to develop a fly control method that utilizes hydrolats, a by-product of processed essential oils from the region. IRDA's economic analysis will help determine the hydrolat that is most effective in reducing the fly populations that disturb grazing cows. If the selected hydrolats have a known market value, IRDA will assess the costs and revenues associated with each strategy, which include the following: no pest control; insecticide applications; sunflower and water use; and the use of two types of hydrolats. On the other hand, if the market value is unknown, our analysis will determine a selling price that is optimal for the hydrolat supplier and dairy producer alike.
From 2019 to 2021
Pest, weed, and disease control
IRDA's economic analyses help producers evaluate the cost-effectiveness of alternative pest control methods, among other things.
Cow-calf farms tend to prefer outdoor breeding, poor-quality drinking water can have a direct impact on animal health, and may lead to higher pathogen levels in the environment and at slaughter time, and negative consequences for food safety.
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
This project proposes to measure relative humidity and air speed in hog houses and integrate these parameters into the control of ventilation systems.
Researchers: Stéphane Godbout Luc Belzile