DFC Welcomes Investment in Dairy Research

    OTTAWA, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - DFC welcomed the announcement made by the
Honorable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of
State (Agriculture) yesterday in Lennoxville, Quebec. The Federal Government
is investing $12 million dollars to build a new dairy barn complex for
research in dairy production.
    "This is great news for dairy producers," said Jacques Laforge, President
of Dairy Farmers of Canada. "New investments to build a modern, ecological,
high-tech dairy barn facility will advance the possibilities of research in
dairy production in Canada."
    The Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre is the only federal
government-owned research facility which includes a dairy barn. Other research
dairy barns in several locations across Canada are affiliated with
post-secondary education institutions. All of these institutions and their
reputable researchers have contributed to the significant advancement of high
quality research in dairy production that has been realized over the last 25
    DFC has a long history in supporting research, contributing about $2
million a year to research in dairy production, animal care and improvement as
well as the role of dairy products in human nutrition and health.

    DFC looks forward to continue to partner with Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada, the National Research Council and other partners to invest in research
in sustainable dairy production to be conducted in the new facilities. DFC
hopes the new Lennoxville facilities will help attract and train new
researchers specializing in dairy production priority issues, including
sustainable development, environment, greenhouse gas reduction, production
efficiency, genetic improvement, animal nutrition and controlling animal
diseases that limit dairy production.

For further information:

For further information: Thérèse Beaulieu, Assistant Director, Policy
and Communications, (613) 236-9997, cell: (613) 371-5023

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