ELORA, ONT. — A new swine research facility will be constructed in Elora, Ont. thanks to a partnership between the Ontario government, Ontario Pork, which represents over 1,200 producers in the province and the University of Guelph.
The new facility is estimated to cost $15 million, which includes a $12 million contribution from the province through the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario and $3 million from Ontario Pork. The project recently entered the design phase and is expected to take up to three years to complete.
State-of-the-art technology will be used to meet advanced research and training needs in the swine sector, indicates a release. Swine research in the province will be relocated from the current Arkell Research Station in Guelph to the recently expanded Elora Research Station.
The new facility will have capacity for a wide number of research disciplines, including animal health, nutrition and welfare; consumer-oriented research; environmental factors; genetics/genomics; nutrient management; and reproduction.
“This new facility will draw industry investment and research talent to southern Ontario and will ensure the pork sector remains a vital contributor to economic growth in the province. We look forward to working with our partners in the Government of Ontario and at the University of Guelph as this exciting project comes to fruition,” said Eric Schwindt, chair of the Ontario Pork Producers’ Marketing Board, in a statement.