Westgen Calf Research Facility

Westgen Calf Research Facility

Some special features of the Westgen Calf Research Facility:

  • The Westgen Calf Research Facility provides a combination of young calf research opportunities not found elsewhere
  • Construction was funded, in part, by Westgen
  • This 1,035 m² building is for calves up to 11 weeks
  • 24 individual calf pens
  • Isolation room with five individual calf pens + separate wash up room
  • Six group-pens (all in – all out)
  • Two platform scales per pen
  • One DeLaval FC1000 milk feeder per pen
  • One DeLaval grain feeder per pen
  • Two INSENTEC units per pen to measure forage and water intake
  • This equipment enables researchers to continuously measure individual group-housed calf milk, water, grain and forage intake as well as body weight
  • Each group pen has a slatted floor in the feeding area feeding area plus bedded pack. in the lying area
  • A manure scrapper is located below slatted floor in feeding the areas
  • Overhead video cameras continuously monitor individual animal or group behaviour
  • A veterinary lab provides clean space for handling biological materials
  • A HTST pasteurization system supplies milk for continuous milk delivery to group pens
  • The building contains a visitor area with displays including life-sized mural teaching aid illustrating the steps from photosynthesis to production of nutritious food
  • An Arntjen weather station controls opening and closing of curtain walls to help maintain building temperature
  • Bedding storage is provided
  • An office with computer work stations is provided
  • Data collected by all equipment are automatically transferred to the server in the Main Building

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems
2357 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604-822-1219
Dean: Rickey Yada
UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
6947 #7 Lougheed Highway
Box #202,
Agassiz, BC, V0M 1A0, Canada
Tel: 1-604-796-8410
Fax: 1-604-796-8413
Director: Jim Thompson
Manager: Nelson Dinn

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