About the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre – Dairy Facility

Cows in the lactating housing

Lactating housing

The Livestock Research and Innovation Centre– Dairy Facility, is a joint project between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), the University of Guelph, and the Ontario dairy industry. Its unique design provides the flexibility for meeting multi-discipline needs through the collection of data and samples. This innovative facility will benefit research, education, training needs, and the priorities of the Ontario and Canadian dairy sectors ensuring a strong and vibrant future for this important agri-food industry.

The 175,000 ft.2 facility opened in May 2015 and replaced the Elora/Ponsonby Dairy Research Centre.

Housing capacity:

  • Free stall accommodations for 300 mature cows (240 milking) and 300 replacement heifers
  • 24 tie stalls for research that requires more instrumentation and monitoring
  • 18 pen maternity housing + 4 x 12 flexible, individual or group calf housing

The facility features:

  • Four milking systems (rotary parlour, Voluntary Milking Systems robot, tie stalls and maternity)
  • 96 Insentec feed mangers that provide continuous feed intakes for individual animals
  • Robotic calf feeder to mix, deliver and record milk intake for young calves
  • Feed robot to automatically push feed to the cows several times a day
  • Intensive care and procedure room
  • Sample preparation and storage facilities
  • Integrated natural ventilation system
  • Training and meeting spaces
  • Closed circuit video

Tours are available for the facility, contingent upon approval of the tour request. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Rebecca Rebus at 519-826-3809 or rebus@uoguelph.ca  for more information.


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