Research Stations

Outside of dairy barn research station

Through the unique partnership between the University of Guelph and OMAFRA, 15 research stations located throughout Ontario enable research that supports the agri-food industry. 

All 15 research stations are owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO). The University of Guelph manages the stations with oversight from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Research and Innovation Branch.

From Ridgetown in the southwest to Winchester in the east and New Liskeard in the north, each station has a particular livestock, food or crops focus, or is representative of unique farming areas, such as Northern or Eastern Ontario. Most have multiple research facilities and provide an important platform for research extension and teaching demonstrations. 

This cross-province network of animal and crop research stations helps ensure the Ontario agri-food industry will be strong and thriving for years to come.  

To learn more, select an option below:

Animal Research Facilitites Crop Research Facillities 
Alma Aquaculture Research Station Bradford Muck Crops Research Station
Arkell Equine Research Station Elora Research Station (Crop Science)
Arkell Poultry Research Station Guelph Turfgrass Research Station
Arkell Swine Research Station New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station
Elora Beef Research Station Ridgetown Research Station
Elora Research Station – Dairy Facility Simcoe Research Station
New Liskeard Beef Research Station Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Ponsonby General Animal Facility Winchester Agricultural Research Station
Ponsonby Sheep Research Station Woodstock Research Station
Research Isolation Unit  

Researchers or companies looking to access a research station must apply through the Research Program. 

Elora Research Station – Dairy Facility

Tours of Elora Dairy are contingent upon approval of a tour application. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Rebecca Rebus at 519-826-3809 or email Rebecca for more information and to get an application. 

Other Research Stations

For information about potential tours of other ARIO research stations, please contact Mary Visser Kerr at 519-826-3800 or email Mary.