The Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) — Dairy Facility at Elora will study everything from genetics, nutrition and quality improvement to animal welfare, food safety, and animal and human health
Guelph, Ont. – A new $25-million Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) – Dairy Facility at Elora, which was announced in 2012, is a state-of-the-art centre at the University of Guelph that has finally opened.
The centre involves the University of Guelph, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO).
The multidisciplinary centre will bring together scientists, students and stakeholders from Ontario and beyond to study environmental, social and economic issues for the dairy industry.
Teams will study everything from genetics, nutrition and quality improvement to animal welfare, food safety, and animal and human health.
Training and education will address the needs of the Ontario and Canadian dairy sectors.
The Ontario government, through ARIO, committed $20 million to the project, and DFO and industry partners provided $5 million, including a $3-million contribution from the federal government.
U of G will operate the facility under its partnership with OMAFRA.
Highlights of the new facility include: