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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 parlour milking capabilities, animal handling and teaching areas, and research and staff space. . A viewing gallery in the facility accommodates public access and education on modern dairy and agriculture production systems.

Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility

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.

This dairy's advanced feeds evaluation and research capability will make a critical contribution to the large agricultural and feeds innovation research cluster led by the University of Saskatchewan.

Expected benefits for the Canadian dairy sector include: reduced production costs, improved animal care and environmental sustainability. Innovative, high-value dairy feeds and new feeding programs promise new opportunities for producers and feed manufacturers for crops such as canola, mustard, flax, pulses, grains, and forages.

Other possible opportunities include new nutraceutical feeds and milk products, specialty products (biologics) derived from milk and new sustainable technologies.

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This project was realized through the generous support of the following contributors:

$1.000,000 +

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • SaskMilk

  • Saskatchewan MInistry of Agriculture

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada

$250,000 - $50,001

  • Moody's Equipment

  • National Bank

  • New Holland Agriculture

  • SaskCanola

$50,000 - $25,001

  • Agrifoods International Cooperative

  • BMO Financial Group

  • DeLaval Inc.

  • SaskFlax

Up to $25,000

  • Farm Credit Canada

  • RBC Royal Bank

  • Seed Hawk