New investments in research to help Manitoba dairy sector

News Release

August 16, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-food Canada 

Advances in science and innovation are integral to increasing the overall competitiveness of the agriculture sector and create better opportunities for farmers, businesses, and Canadians. 

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are partnering to invest more than $1.4 million to expand dairy scientific research capacity at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station dairy barn, Federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and Manitoba Agriculture Minister, Ralph Eichler, announced today.  

Funding will allow the University of Manitoba to create a new part of their dairy facility from a repurposed swine barn, and install new automated milking system, free stalls for dairy cattle, dedicated spaces for calves, milk collection tanks, above-ground manure storage, new flooring and related laboratory equipment. 

The ministers noted the new equipment will ensure the dairy research facilities meet industry standards and support the growth of value-added dairy processing in Manitoba. The project is expected to go to tender later this year.


"Our Government understands the key importance of science and food research to keep our agricultural sector on the cutting edge. This investment will contribute to a robust Canadian dairy industry and help meet growing demand for high-quality, sustainable food, while strengthening the middle class.”

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“The renovations and equipment upgrades being made at Glenlea Research Station will allow the university to continue its important work in the area of animal nutrition and health and welfare.  We are proud to be a partner in this investment, which will enable faculty and students to further their understanding of the dairy industry while contributing to the sustainability and advancement of Manitoba’s livestock sector.”

- Ralph Eichler, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture

This investment enhances our researchers' ability to develop holistic practices that will produce safe, affordable and healthy food for Canadians. It will also provide students with an outstanding hands-on learning experience in exceptional facilities.  Supporting our world-class Glenlea Research Station ensures University of Manitoba researchers can continue their work that is relevant to producers, consumers, and the economy. It’s a great investment and we welcome the public to come and visit the station and learn more about what goes on at it.”

- Dr. Digvir Jayas, distinguished professor and vice-president (research and international), University of Manitoba

“Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is proud to invest in the renovation of the Glenlea Research Station dairy barn, to further expand our support of dairy scientific research in Manitoba.  We have long understood the value of investing in research to advance our industry by continually providing milk of the highest quality, excellence in animal care, and improving environmental stewardship.”

- Henry Holtmann, vice-chair, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The dairy industry in Manitoba generates over $250M in farm gate revenues.

  • Funding for this project will be provided through the Growing Forward 2 (GF2),Growing Innovation – Capacity and Knowledge Development Initiative.

  • The Growing Forward 2, Growing Innovation – Capacity and Knowledge Development Initiative provides financial assistance to lead and implement innovation in Manitoba’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-processing sectors. 

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Guy Gallant
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Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

Kalen Qually
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ralph Eichler

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