Canadian Feed Research Centre
The CFRC is a research feedmill owned by the University of Saskatchewan, located in the city of North Battleford, Saskatchewan. The CFRC is a Canadian Foundation for Innovation funded research facility to research, develop and commercialize new and better high-value animal feeds from low-value crops and co-products from bioprocessing and biofuels industries. This world-class facility offers a broad range of research scale capability, from laboratory to pilot plant to larger industrial-scale research -a major advantage in attracting commercialization activities and engaging industry.
Construction of the facility started in September 2012 and opened October 24, 2014.
The Canadian Feed Research Centre is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Government of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan, Western Economic Diversification, with substantial in-kind participation from industry and private donations.
The CFRC supports research through:
- Preparation of feed and diets to high specification for use in animal feeding and nutrition research studies. Typical batch quantities produced may range from 50 kg to 20 tonnes and can be provided in bulk or in bags.
- Experimentation to study the effects of different equipment, processing techniques and conditions, and different feed ingredients on nutritional value and cost of animal feeds.
- Research toll processing and facility rental to industry clients for proprietary research.
- Scaling up of research findings from the pilot scale line to the industrial scale line for effective and efficient transfer of technology to industry.
- Training and workshops.
The CFRC is a national feeds research centre. Its national mandate means that researchers from across Canada and internationally are able to access this facility. Benefits of a national centre include:
Livestock sector: improved feeds for livestock health and productivity.
Crop sector: value-added to marginal crops and by-products not suitable for human consumption, and alternative markets for processed crops.
Biofuel sector: optinization of by-products from the biofuel industry, ethanol and biodiesel, for use in animal feeding.
Crops and feed processing sectors: strong emphasis on export market development. High-value feed products destined for high-value markets in Canada and around the world.
Human and animal health: research into feed-based vaccines, nutraceuticals and probiotics, and in processing methods to control the presence of pathogens in feeds.