From a release
The federal government is chipping in $12 million to help the Dairy Farmers of Canada lead a research cluster.
Announced Sept.16, the funding will bring together scientific expertise for research in key areas such as sustainable milk production, dairy genetics and genomics, and the nutrition of milk products. This research will help increase the competitiveness of the sector by improving productivity and animal health and welfare. The research will also help bring innovative and competitive dairy products with health benefits to the market.
“Research continues to be a strategic investment priority for dairy farmers,” said Wally Smith, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Our research priorities are focused on driving innovation and increased productivity on the farm while contributing to the health and well-being of Canadians. We welcome the investment of the federal government, which leverages farmers’ investment in the dairy cluster, our network of dedicated industry and academic researchers who are committed to Canadian dairy excellence.”
Dairy Farmers of Canada is working closely with the Canadian Dairy Network and the Canadian Dairy Commission to invest over $6 million in addition to the Harper Government’s funding to support cutting edge research to strengthen this key sector.
The research cluster will support what industry has identified as the highest priority research, done by the best Canadian experts in research centres across the country. Agriculture Canada researchers will collaborate on several priorities, including research that leads to genetic improvement for dairy cattle productivity and profitability, establishing innovative practices for sustainable milk production, and gaining a better understanding of the link between dairy foods and nutrition.