U of G receives $2.35 million from Province for agri-food research to enhance livestock health, well-being and productivity

A row of cows in stall in a barn

The Government of Ontario has announced a $2.35-million investment in University of Guelph advanced animal research related to livestock health, well-being and productivity.

The investment, designed to do enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of the Ontario livestock sector, will be delivered through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph.

"The University of Guelph is delighted to build on our powerful partnership with OMAFRA to advance livestock health, welfare, and productivity" said Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research).

“This research, undertaken by our world-class researchers, will create real-world solutions that support the competitiveness of our livestock industry; that ensure continued production of safe, sustainable, and nutritious food; and that fuel innovation that has positive, global impact.”

Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman said the investment will support the growth, productivity and competitiveness of Ontario’s livestock sector.

“The research we’re investing in will provide farmers with some of the latest knowledge and tools they need to keep farm animals and food safe,” he said.

According to the government news release, research projects will investigate innovate methods, practices and products that will help the sector better understand and support livestock health and welfare, including:

  • Identifying genetic markers to reduce disease and infections in sheep and cows
  • Evaluating novel methods to prevent bovine respiratory disease
  • Validating the use of probiotics to support the health of multiple livestock species