Dairy and beef producers rely heavily on forage for animal feed. Forage crops account for nearly one million hectares of farmland in Québec. In recent years, many producers have had to contend with insufficient forage yields and the resulting negative economic impacts. This scarcity has sent prices soaring and even forced some producers to reduce herd size. Irrigation could help maintain, or even increase, productivity levels from year to year, and spare farmers the loss of competitiveness and other risks brought about by drought periods.
From 2020 to 2024
Livestock production, Field crops
Optimal water management
Irrigation can serve as "Crop Insurance" by ensuring an abundant production of quality feed for livestock.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Anglo Acres | Dubois Agrinovation | Ferme Barjo | Ferme Céligervic | Ferme Dubuc & Frères | Ferme Érilis | Ferme Fontabel 1996 | Ferme Gérard Raby | Ferme Jean-Claude Pouliot | Ferme l’Oiseau Bleu | Ferme M.G. Lévesque et Fils | Ferme Renile | Université Laval
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.
Economic analysis for an Agrinova project that measures the optimal amount of hulless barley to replace some of the grain corn in dairy cow rations without affecting milk production and milk components.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
Symposium entitled "Innovations to Tackle Livestock Production Challenges" and production of informational material.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout