Ontario Dairy Research Centre at the Elora Research Station

Image of milking cows in a carousel at the Elora Dairy Research Station

The Ontario Dairy Research Centre at the Elora Research Station is leading dairy innovation through education and collaboration. It is a state-of-the-art 175,000 square foot facility for discovery, learning and outreach. This centre is a partnership between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph and the Ontario dairy industry.

This unique facility offers:

  • Accommodations for 300 mature cows and 300 heifers
  • 240 free-stalls for lactating housing, 24 tie-stalls for special project housing, 72 stalls for close-up/dry cow housing and 18 pens for maternity housing
  • Flexible individual or group calf housing
  • Four milking systems (rotary parlour, VMS robot, tie-stalls, maternity)
  • Feed intake monitoring and control systems
  • Sample preparation and storage facilities
  • Intensive care and procedure room
  • Training/meeting facilities
  • Closed circuit video throughout the facility
  • Integrated ventilation system
  • Robotic calf feeding
  • Raised bulk tank

Research areas and outcomes

Areas of research and outcomes are two-fold: to support Ontario’s dairy industry and to provide consumer benefit.

  • Dairy industry research includes animal health and welfare, genetics and genomics, animal and human nutrition, management and technology, and product development.
  • Consumer research includes creation of a patented feed ration that helps cows produce DHA-laden milk, and a testing procedure and management tool to identify animals with high immune response rates that can be passed down to offspring.

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