Research projects (Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre)

The Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre (Sherbrooke RDC) supports innovative research, development and technology transfer activities relevant to one of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.

Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock

The efficiency and productivity of the Dairy and Swine sector are enhanced by researching genetics, livestock and the production system, with an emphasis on the following:

By reducing the environmental impact of dairy and pork production, the Sherbrooke RDC

At the production system level, the Sherbrooke RDC reduces gas and ammonia emissions and improves nutrient management and the efficient use of natural resources in dairy and swine operations.

The Sherbrooke RDC improves food and non-food attributes by identifying and developing value-added attributes in pork carcasses and meat and in meat quality to improve quality for food and non-food uses throughout the food chain.

The Sherbrooke RDC deals with the risks of the value chain by improving cow and swine health and milk safety and by reducing the use of antibiotics and the risk of disease from pathogens in manure and slurry. For poultry and other animals, it does this by contributing to the conservation of genetic resources and improvement of safety throughout the value chain.

Current research projects at Sherbrooke
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000075 Bissonnette, Nathalie Genomic factors of bovine paratuberculosis resistance: A) Identification of genetic markers for disease resistance B) Host-pathogene interactome study to reveal the MAP mechanisms to counteract the host immunity $1,427,250.00 2014-09-01 2018-03-31
J-000079 Bissonnette, Nathalie Development of innovative strategies and analytical tools to identify infected and potentially shedding cows: Eliminating the causative agent of the bovine paratuberculosis from livestock to enhance the safety of the food system $369,975.00 2013-12-01 2018-03-31
J-000295 Benchaar, Chaouki Mitigation of enteric methane production from dairy cows and impact on manure emissions: Filling knowledge gaps $180,295.66 2013-11-01 2018-03-31
J-000297 Lapierre, Helene Balancing dairy rations for protein: Filling the gaps and updating formulation models to reduce protein intake sensibly $472,430.28 2013-11-01 2017-12-31
J-000298 Lessard, Martin Beneficial effects of milk and fermented dairy products on intestinal and adipose tissue inflammation, and obesity-linked cardiometabolic diseases $279,945.67 2013-11-01 2017-12-31
J-000299 Lacasse, Pierre Dairy cow management for the next generation (sustainable milk production) $339,936.00 2013-10-01 2017-12-31
J-000341 Ouellet, Daniel Maximizing inclusion of canola meal in dairy cow diets $316,962.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000380 Matte, Jacques Innovative piglet management strategies for optimum performance up to slaughter weight and profitable pork production $717,370.15 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000381 Farmer, Chantal Increasing sow milk yield and piglet growth via low-cost feeding and management strategies during gestation and/or lactation $229,589.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000385 Devillers, Nicolas Optimizing flooring and social management of group housed gestating sows $34,055.39 2014-05-01 2018-03-31
J-000386 Faucitano, Luigi Monitoring the effects of transport on the behaviour, physiology, carcass and meat quality of pigs through the study of truck micro-climate, vibrations and cooling systems $86,647.17 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000387 Pomar, Candido Feeding programs for growing-finishing pigs to enhance global competitiveness: Opportunities across Canada $803,185.86 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000427 Benchaar, Chaouki Linseed oil supplementation to dairy cows fed corn silage-based diets: Effects on enteric methane production, digestion, ruminal fermentation characteristics, N retention and milk performance $358,811.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000983 Lacasse, Pierre Improving disease resistance in dairy cattle $358,429.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001064 Benchaar, Chaouki Use of broad bean (Vicia faba L.) in dairy cattle feed: Effects on enteric methane production, nitrogen losses and zootechnical performance $49,342.95 2016-09-01 2018-09-03
J-001170 Lapointe, Jérôme Development of an innovative strategy targeting mitochondria for improving health and resistance of newly weaned piglets, decreasing the needs for antibiotics in swine production and improving food safety $364,000.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001182 Farmer, Chantal Feeding organic minerals in the growing, gestation and lactation periods: Effects on milk quality and litter performance $28,000.00 2015-04-01 2017-12-31
J-001248 Girard, Christiane Milk and dairy products, outstanding sources of vitamin B12: A farm to fork approach $495,927.00 2016-02-01 2018-03-31
J-001271 Girard, Christiane Roles of B vitamins on efficiency of propionate utilization and protein metabolism in lactating dairy cows $320,385.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001287 Breune, Isabelle Using the nitrogen nutrition index (NNI) as corn and grasslands fertilization tool $218,612.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001292 Palin, Marie France Enhancement  of carnosine content and its nutritional advantages in pork $215,880.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001293 Benchaar, Chaouki Assessment of the impact of feeding management practices on methane emissions from enteric fermentation and manure storage of dairy cows: Filling knowledge gaps $230,399.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001296 Bilodeau, Pauline Development of an assessment tool to improve production practices (from birth to slaughter), animal welfare and meat quality under the Canadian commercial conditions $337,423.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-01
J-001302 Matte, Jacques The fate of dietary trace minerals in pigs at the frontier between essential micronutrients and heavy metal environmental threat $254,453.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001316 Farmer, Chantal Role of prolactin in the regulation of mammary development in late-gestating sows $146,055.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001326 Lacasse, Pierre Biology of lactation persistency $271,425.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001343 Faucitano, Luigi Application of dietary and management strategies to manipulate preslaughter muscle glycogen level and improve meat quality in pigs $179,550.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001357 Devillers, Nicolas Potential of outdoor systems as an alternative to conventional pig production $306,600.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001390 Talbot, Guylaine Study of the efficiency of swine manure management practices and treatments to decrease the environmental impact of the swine production system $579,065.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001391 Lessard, Martin Understanding gut microbiota and host immune responses to probiotics and colostrum for improving pig gut health $425,500.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.
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