Science and farming go hand in hand

February 10th, 2016

I have managed the University of British Columbia’s Dairy Education and Research Centre since its inception in 1997. Since that time, we have achieved many significant accomplishments. Most recently, it was an honour to be nominated for the Dairy Farmers of Canada 2015 Sustainability Award.

Research and education are key to a changing world and industry. Customers today place more and more demands on those who make their food. Dairy producers are responding by supporting dairy cattle research into welfare and sustainability. We are proud of the Dairy Centre’s contribution to the Dairy Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, which was developed based on research conducted at our facility. Additionally, our research into phosphorus recovery from manure provides another tool to allow dairy producers to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. Other practices at our operation such as manure processing, water conservation and wildlife conservation all contribute towards our environmentally conscious ethos.

We are not only sharing best management practices, based on our research, with other dairy farmers and industry stakeholders but also seek to educate the public. We often host tours of the Centre and have created a positive and transparent environment that encourages members of the public to learn that not only do dairy producers have a passion for looking after their animals well, but they are also stewards of the land, water and air. Management changes in one area impact those in another.Visitors include dairy farmers, industry representatives, government officials and, most importantly, the general public. We look forward to continuing to invite the public to explore the passion and science of dairy production. For further information please visit our website or drop by the Centre!

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