Dairy research aims to improve animal well-being, social and environmental sustainability and learn about the nutritional value of milk products.

Dairy Farmers of Canada invests close to $2 million per year in human health and nutrition and dairy production research in Canada. It administers and funds several research programs on a cost-sharing basis to encourage the industry to invest in research and development. Research is funded in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Dairy Farmers of Canada is proud to support Canadian research that advances scientific knowledge and promotes innovation in the dairy sector. Our dairy production research programs aim to continuously increase our understanding of science and improve dairy farmers’ knowledge of scientific findings.

This improved knowledge will lead to:

  • Improvement of animal health and well-being
  • Better milk production and quality
  • Greater efficiency
  • Reduction in the footprint of dairy farming on the environment.

Our nutrition research programs aim to help bring innovative dairy products with health benefits to the market.

Call for applications for the Dairy Research Cluster 2 for 2013-2018

Dairy Farmers of Canada is inviting Canadian researchers to submit letters of intent to address dairy production and nutrition and human health research priorities for the next Dairy Research Cluster 2 proposed for the period 2013-2018. The application deadline is June 1, 2012.

To apply under this new initiative or consult Dairy Farmers of Canada’s dairy production and nutrition research priorities for 2013-2018, visit

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