ELORA – The Ontario Beef Research Centre is receiving $1.3 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, funded by federal and provincial taxpayer dollars.
Funds will be used to purchase 96 precision feeders which digitally track and adjust nutrition for individual cows.
“Results from the research will produce healthier cattle and reduce waste, making beef farmers more competitive in the global marketplace,” a press release states.
The Elora research centre—a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the University of Guelph and beef industry stakeholders—has 300 acres of pasture, barns with feeders to accommodate over 400 cattle, and four laboratories, including one for genomics research.
The centre previously received $500,000 for precision feed handling and mixing equipment.