News related to Growing Ontario Solutions 2019-20

Veterinary student wearing blue coveralls and a stethoscope around his neck placing his hand on the back of a dairy cow’s head. The accompanying text reads Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance 2019-20 Annual Report. "15 D.V.Sc. students trained: VCP supports doctor of veterinary science students engaged in OMAFRA priorities." Read the stories #BehindtheNumbers at uoguelph.ca/alliance.

#BehindtheNumbers: VCP program builds rural and agricultural veterinary capacity in Ontario

The Alliance provides funding to the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College through the Veterinary Capacity Program (VCP). The VCP ensures an ongoing supply of rural and agricultural veterinarians who can support farming communities and monitor the health of animals in the food chain, as well as veterinarians with the skills and expertise to serve on the front line of disease surveillance.

This image shows black beef cattle eating. The accompanying text reads Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance 2019-20 Annual Report. "78 new projects: Research projects awarded operating funding to drive innovation in the agri-food sector."

#BehindtheNumbers: Alliance-funded research contributes to new on-farm pain management protocol to improve calf welfare

Dairy calves are an integral part of Ontario’s $2.2-billion dairy industry. Access to a world-class research and innovation system — including the Ontario Dairy Research Centre and six Alliance-funded projects over 18 years — resulted in better on-farm pain management practices during disbudding (the process of removing the horn bud in young calves for the safety of other cows and farm staff) and the licensing of a new pain management drug in Europe and Canada. Long-term Alliance investment helped identify and promote the new pain management  protocol.

Woman wearing a mask and gloves looking at meat in a grocery store. Accompanying caption: Laboratory Services Division received accreditation for 93 tests by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

#BehindtheNumbers: 93 accredited tests for food quality and safety

The Laboratory Services Division is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Canadian Association of Laboratory Accreditation to the International Organization of Standardization standard 17025 (ISO/IEC 17025:2017).