An architectural rendering of Canada’s new $25-million Dairy Research Innovation Centre at the Elora Research Station in southern Ontario.

WOODSTOCK, Ontario. (Sept. 10, 2013) — DeLaval has been awarded a contract to supply milking, cooling and herd management solutions to Canada’s new $25-million Dairy Research Innovation Centre at the Elora Research Station in southern Ontario. Construction of the state-of-the-art dairy research facility – a joint project between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, the University of Guelph and the Ontario dairy industry – is slated for completion in October 2014.

The center is designed to address the research, education, and training needs of the Canadian dairy industry. Faculty and students will study the health, reproduction, nutrition, life-cycle, emissions, welfare and value-added milk components of its 240-lactating cows, along with dry and replacement cows.

“DeLaval is honored to be involved in the development of such a world class, multi-disciplinary dairy research facility,” said Andrew Ritchie, Managing Director of DeLaval in Canada. “Our strategy is to actively support institutions that are educating the next generation of dairy farmers. The knowledge and understanding we exchange with these young folks gives us insight into the sustainable, technology-driven demands of tomorrow’s dairy producers.”

According to DeLaval, in the past three years the company has provided a range of its solutions to other North American dairy research facilities: University of Saskatchewan; Dairy and Swine Research and Development Center of Sherbrooke, Quebec; and Alfred College and Cornell University in New York.

DeLaval and its local dealer, Norwell Dairy Systems in Drayton, Ontario, will install and support the following solutions at the Dairy Research Innovation Centre:

  • 24-Bail DeLaval herringbone internal rotary milking parlour equipped with milk meters and sort gates
  • DeLaval Activity System for 240 lactating cows and all replacement heifers
  • 8,000-Gal. and 800-gal. DeLaval DXNAF milk tanks with instant cooling systems
  • Six DelPro MU486 milking units for metabolic and special needs barns
  • One DeLaval CF1000+ calf feeder with four feeding stations


About DeLaval

DeLaval is a leading supplier of solutions that improve the performance of farms for professional food producers. We support our customers in reducing their environmental footprint while improving food production, profitability and the well-being of the people and animals involved. We offer products, systems and services for all steps of milk production. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.

DeLaval was founded more than 125 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group.

For more information on solutions in Canada, please contact Elizabeth Healey, Manager, Marketing Communications at DeLaval Inc., elizabeth.healey@delaval.com / +1 (705) 741-3100.