Canada’s federal government announced it will invest $12 million to build a new dairy complex at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre in Sherbrooke, Que.
Dairy Farmers welcome the news
In a press release on its website, the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) welcomed the news.
“This is great news for dairy producers,” says Jacques Laforge, DFC’s president. “New investments to build a modern, ecological, high-tech dairy barn facility will advance the possibilities of research in dairy production in Canada.”
According to the DFC, the centre is the only federal government-owned research facility that includes a dairy barn.
The feds say the investment will help to open up new markets for farmers and create new jobs in the community.
The investment will create approximately 50 jobs. In addition, the continuation of world-class scientific work in Sherbrooke will help to attract new investments, as well as ensure training and hiring of highly qualified personnel.
The feds also say the planning of the site development, buildings, interior fittings, the choice of materials and equipment and efficient energy use was all done ecologically.
The project design respects the growing concerns of citizens regarding architecture and the countryside, health and safety, the environment and considerations such as noise and odours.