Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $1.4 million to the Deschambault Animal Science Research Centre (CRSAD) to help support innovation in animal science research that will help benefit producers in Quebec and throughout Canada. The investment was made through the AgriScience program of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The investment will be divided between three research projects including:

  • $123,000 towards research that will focus on developing a nutritional approach for production foie gras that will help establish the optimal feed intake for ducks. This will help address animal welfare, reduce production costs and improve public trust;
  • $553,000 towards research that will examine the effects of probiotics on honeybee health that will help improve longevity, disease immunity, hive performance and production quality; and
  • $719,000 towards research to determine the optimal age of weaning and its effects on the growth, health and milk production of goats. 

Quotes

“Our government knows the importance of research and innovation to help improve efficiency and competitiveness and keep our agriculture sector at the forefront. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we are committed to support farmers in keeping their operations innovative and productive with new tools and practices that will ensure a strong, diversified and competitive industry that provides well-paying jobs for the middle class families.”

– Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“The CRSAD is very grateful for the federal government’s strong support for its research activities in three emerging sectors that have strong growth potential for Quebec and Canadian agriculture. In addition to the new knowledge acquired, the projects will contribute to the training of highly-qualified personnel who will then be able to act as agents of change in the production of bees, dairy goats or ducks and continue to support innovation in these sectors. The projects will also contribute to the improvement of production conditions and animal welfare.”

– Doris Pellerin, CRSAD President

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada