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Research project to study dairy feed amino balance

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced funding of $133,000 to Alberta Milk to support a pioneering study on how to maintain high milk yields while reducing the use of amino acids in animal feed.

Conducted by the University of Alberta Dairy Research and Technology Centre, the study will show how reducing the use of specific amino acids in the diet of dairy cows could allow producers to optimize the protein content in their cattle’s food intake, resulting in lower feed costs and mitigating the environmental impact on their farms and waterways through reduced excretion of excess nutrients. Nutrient intake and milk yields will be measured throughout the two-year study to eventually enable farmers to strike the right balance between protein intake and milk yields.

“This project is an excellent example of the importance of research partnerships and how collaboration among multiple stakeholders benefits the lives of Canadians,” said Lorne Babiuk, University of Alberta vice-president (research). “The University of Alberta is proud to partner with Alberta Milk and the University of Calgary on this project which could have a substantial impact on the dairy industry.”

This investment comes from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Alberta, CAAP is delivered by the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta. www.agr.gc.ca/caap.

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