The funding will support two projects
Former federal agriculture minister Wayne Easter has announced an investment of more than $1.3 million in University of P.E.I.’s Atlantic Veterinary College to conduct research to improve dairy herd health.
The funding will support two projects, including more than $1.2 million to measure antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in relation to animal health.
It fits within the Canadian Dairy Network of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance which helps guide farmers into best practices.
Another project, funded with $148,000, is to research calf management practices with a view to extending cows’ lifespan.
The PEI work is part of the $11.4-million Dairy Research Cluster that was announced on July 16 under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program.
With industry contribution, the total investment in this cluster is $16.5 million.
The research cluster is led by Dairy Farmers of Canada and “aims to foster public trust, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth of the Canadian dairy sector,’ a news release said.