Dairy and beef producers rely heavily on forage for animal feed. Forage crops account for nearly one million hectares of farmland in Québec. In recent years, many producers have had to contend with insufficient forage yields and the resulting negative economic impacts. This scarcity has sent prices soaring and even forced some producers to reduce herd size. Irrigation could help maintain, or even increase, productivity levels from year to year, and spare farmers the loss of competitiveness and other risks brought about by drought periods.
From 2020 to 2024
Livestock production, Field crops
Optimal water management
Irrigation can serve as "Crop Insurance" by ensuring an abundant production of quality feed for livestock.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Anglo Acres | Dubois Agrinovation | Ferme Barjo | Ferme Céligervic | Ferme Dubuc & Frères | Ferme Érilis | Ferme Fontabel 1996 | Ferme Gérard Raby | Ferme Jean-Claude Pouliot | Ferme l’Oiseau Bleu | Ferme M.G. Lévesque et Fils | Ferme Renile | Université Laval
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
One of the project objectives is to calculate GHG emissions in various beef production systems based on the results of a literature, methodology, and database review.
The objective of the project was to demonstrate that next generation hog barn design (slatted floors over 2/3 or more of the area) generate less odor.