This initiative is part of a larger project that addresses the risks posed by the spreading of manure and emissions released into the environment with regard to the biosecurity of farms and the health of workers and nearby populations. This phase focuses on the impact of current spreading operations on farm biosecurity, whereas the overall project covers many more aspects and will lead to the development of new strategies and spreading equipment.
Given the nature of the contaminants present in the slurry (bioaerosols, dust, odours, etc.), the research team asserts that there is considerable risk to animal health during slurry application on farmlands. However, team members believe it is possible to limit the spread of disease and improve biosecurity protocols on farms through improved understanding of emissions and alternate spreading techniques.
With a view to assessing and reducing the biosecurity risks posed to farms by the spreading of swine slurry, this project specifically aims to:
From 2020 to 2023
Coexisting in an agricultural environment, Air quality, Animal welfare
This work will bring about improvements in manure spreading equipment.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Quebec Heart and Lung Institute | Université Laval
This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
This project will gather and share up-to-date information on new techniques and critical points related to the construction of farm buildings and their sustainability.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
This project will draw recommendations to reduce fugitive emissions through technical means or agricultural practices.