$1.1 million for research

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Ontario is putting up $1.1 million to support agriculture innovation by investing in research on livestock nutrition, biosecurity and production.

The investment will help develop new livestock technologies, practices and on-farm solutions while fostering innovation and competitiveness in the livestock sector.

Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the province is funding livestock research to support the development of innovative products, approaches and best practices with research projects that include:
• Assessing health and precision technologies to improve dairy cow fertility.
• Investigating nutrition strategies to improve the health and growth of pigs.
• Research to guide antibiotic use in the goat industry.
• Enhancing natural fertility in dairy cows through health and precision technologies.
• A machine learning approach to illness surveillance in swine populations.
• Assessing alternative feeds to improve health and productivity in chickens.

“The University of Guelph is deeply committed to animal health and welfare, as highlighted by world-leading research that promotes animal well-being and the productivity of livestock,”
said Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research). “This OMAFRA support will enable University of Guelph to sustain its leadership in livestock research, underpinning the health
and safety of farm animals, ensuring the security of our food systems, elevating the competitiveness of the Ontario agri-food sector, and consolidating our place as Canada’s food university.”

Ontario’s livestock sector contributes approximately $15.4 billion to the GDP and supports more than 326,000 direct jobs.