Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre

Sherbrooke (Lennoxville Sector), Quebec

Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville Sector), Quebec

The Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre is part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) national network of 20 research centres. The Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre was established in 1914 in Sherbrooke, in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec. The centre is the only AAFC research centre specialized in innovative research primarily for the Canadian dairy and swine industries.

The centre leads research in three key areas:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Dairy and swine production systems
  • Dairy and swine health and welfare

Areas of Research

Research teams at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre cooperate with industry partners to conduct research on optimizing dairy and swine production, while promoting animal welfare and protecting the environment.

The Centre's areas of core research are aligned with national priorities to help the sector adapt and remain competitive in domestic and global markets. Greater participation in research networks and industry-led partnerships expands the Centre's innovation capacity.

  • Improving nutrition efficiency while minimizing the negative environmental effects of dairy and swine production
  • Improving swine welfare
  • Investigating ways to reduce the greenhouse gas contribution associated with livestock production
  • Studying the biology of lactation in both dairy and swine
  • Investigating ways to minimize stress and optimize the immune system of dairy cows and swine
  • Investigating the use of biological products and processes for treating farm wastes

Facts, Figures and Facilities

  • Located in Lennoxville, a borough of the City of Sherbrooke, in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec
  • Modern laboratories (5 820 square metres) and animal facilities for dairy cattle and swine, sows and their breeding, growing and finishing
  • Specialized facilities for:
    • radioimmunoassay
    • cell culture
    • molecular biology and genetic engineering
    • meat quality evaluation
    • metabolic cages and equipment for individual feed intake evaluation
    • environmental laboratories
    • bioreactors
    • an olfactometry laboratory


Check out these videos and learn about just a few of the many exciting research projects being done at the Sherbrooke facility:

Contact Us

2000 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
J1M 0C8
Telephone: 819-565-9171

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