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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-001271 Girard, Christiane Roles of B vitamins on efficiency of propionate utilization and protein metabolism in lactating dairy cows $314,301.42 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001287 Breune, Isabelle Using the nitrogen nutrition index (NNI) as corn and grasslands fertilization tool $218,612.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001292 Palin, Marie-France Enhancement  of carnosine content and its nutritional advantages in pork $215,880.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
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 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
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  $323,612.79 4/1/2016 3/1/2019
J-001302 Matte, J Jacques The fate of dietary trace minerals in pigs, at the frontier between essential micronutrients and heavy metal environmental threat $239,463.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001316 Farmer, Chantal Role of prolactin in the regulation of mammary development in late-gestating sows $166,974.13 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001326 Lacasse, Pierre Biology of lactation persistency $271,425.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001357 Devillers, Nicolas Potential of outdoor systems as an alternative to conventional pig production $310,163.28 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
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 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001391 Lessard, Martin Understanding gut microbiota and host immune responses to probiotics and colostrum for improving pig gut health $425,712.50 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001758 Goyette, Bernard Development of psychrophilic anaerobic digester for solid manure having a high ammonia concentration and evaluation of its effect on pathogens $374,999.00 4/2/2018 3/30/2021
J-001786 Palin, Marie-France New technologies to identify pigs with higher muscle carnosine, a new value-added attribute, and advantages of carnosine-enhanced pork in improving meat quality traits and nutritional value of the meat $150,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001800 Pomar, Candido Development of a method for evaluating the weight and muscle and fat contents of the carcass, as well as primary and details cuts using 3D imaging $150,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001893 Bissonnette, Nathalie Genetic markers and Bovine Johne's disease $0.00 11/10/2017 11/10/2019
*: 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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