The Poultry Centre is the base for teaching and research in Poultry Science in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. It consists of approximately 3000m² of space, and includes a hatchery, Gnotobiotic Animal Research facility, brooding and rearing barn, adult barn and a turkey research facility. The Poultry Centre uses broilers, White Leghorns, pure chicken breeds and commercial turkeys. The total bird usage ranges with a maximum capacity of approximately 43,000 birds per year.
Prairie Aquaculture Research Centre
The Prairie Aquaculture Research Centre is a recirculating aquaculture system designed for the culture of both warm and cold water finfish species. The facility has 30 x 360 litre culture tanks and 36 x 75 litre culture tanks that can be used for digestibility and growth performance trials. Currently the facility is being used to conduct trials to evaluate Saskatchewan-grown feed ingredients, including flax, peas and canola, in trout, salmon and tilapia diets.
Beef Research and Teaching Facility
The Beef Research & Teaching Unit is a backgrounding/finishing operation with capacity to hold approximately 750 head of feeder cattle and is located within the city of Saskatoon. As well as hosting the Western Canada Feedlot Management School annually, this unit facilitates beef production teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels for both the Department of Animal and Poultry Science and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Research at the facility is conducted by members of the Sustainable Beef Systems Research Group consisting of faculty and researchers from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, College of Engineering and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
In the last number of years, research has focused on areas such as:
- Use of ultrasound in beef cattle breeding and marketing programs
- Role of the obese gene in fat deposition in cattle
- Gene mapping of cattle to identify tender beef
- Inheritance and underlying genetic mechanisms involved with specific disease states, weaning weights and carcass quality traits
- Nutritional evaluation of ethanol and grain industry by-products
- Minimizing stress on weaned calves
- Alternative castration methods for bulls
- Health and receiving programs for weaned calves
- Use of anitbiotics in receiving programs for calves and evaluation of antibiotic residues in beef
Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility
The Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility is located on campus near East Road and Preston Avenue. It accommodates 100 lactating cows with both robotic and parlor milking capabilities, animal handling and teaching areas, and research and staff space. The project alsoallows for feed storage and preparation areas within and around the facility. A viewing gallery in the new facility will accommodate public access and education on modern dairy and agriculture production systems.
Research performed in the new facility includes dairy nutrition and feed development, animal fertility and health, animal management, technology development, application of information technologies, and development of green technologies for improved sustainability.