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Professor Marina von Keyserlingk recognized by the Hans Sigrist Foundation

von Keyserlingk was recognized for her outstanding academic contributions in the field of Sustainably Produced Food of Animal Origin.

New study finds dairy calves’ personalities predict their ability to cope with stress

Benjamin Lecorps, a PhD student in UBC’s animal welfare program, was lead author of the latest study published Nov. 5 in Scientific Reports.

New research finds mechanical brushes aren’t just a spa amenity for dairy cows — they’re important to the animal’s well-being

PhD student Christine Sumner wins prestigious 2017-18 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Christine is completing her PhD in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research focuses on how dairy farmers and veterinarians can cooperate to improve calf welfare.

Some cows are more bullish than others: Animal Welfare study

Some calves are inherently optimistic or pessimistic, just as humans are, a new study from LFS Animal Welfare researchers has found.

Local MP Jati Sidhu Visits the UBC Dairy Centre

This story originally appeared in the Agassiz-Harrison Observer on September 7, 2017. On Aug. 31, Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, toured the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre at the invitation of its Operations Manager Nelson Dinn. The Centre, located in Agassiz since 1997, has a well-deserved reputation for research and teaching excellence, […]

Professors Marina von Keyserlingk and Daniel Weary join Journal of Dairy Science Club 100

Since the first issue in 1917, the Journal of Dairy Science has become the leading dairy research journal in the world.

Visit by BC Minister of Agriculture and MP

Visit by BC Minister of Agriculture and MP

Visits by BC Minister of Agriculture, Norm Letnick and Conservative MP for Chilliwack-Hope, Mark Strahl and Chris Warkentin, Agriculture critic.


The Globe and Mail: UBC is leading the world as dairy cow experts

British Columbia may be best known for its natural resources, real estate and tourism industries, but the province is also considered a leader in food science and technology, particularly when it comes to the dairy cow.

2015 Dairy Centre Open House – July 25

You are invited to the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre open house on Saturday, July 25 from 9am-4pm. This is a great opportunity to meet student researchers and learn more about the Centre’s internationally renowned research and education programs in animal welfare, animal reproduction and resource recovery.

UBC Dairy Centre in The Chilliwack Progress

Nelson Dinn gently taps a dairy cow on the back, and she shuffles happily along and out of his way. Dinn, manager of the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz, is eager to show reporters what the innovation they’re using to save money while lessening their environmental impact. [read more]

UBC Dairy Centre Open House – August 2

The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre welcomes the public for its annual open house on August 2nd.

Nelson Dinn Featured on UBC Careers Website

Since the idea was first hatched in 1997, Nelson has been helping create the country’s most advanced dairy cattle research facilities, based at the Dairy Centre in Agassiz, British Columbia.

Photo Gallery: BC Dairy Expo Tour (January 2014)

Photo Gallery: BC Dairy Expo Tour (January 2014)

On January 29, 2014, we were pleased to welcome delegates from the Pacific Agriculture Show, which took place in the Fraser Valley from January 30 to February 1, 2014. Visitors were treated to a number of demonstrations, including: First DariTech installation in Canada which uses a sand cannon system to separate manure from sand for a […]

Agassiz-Harrison Observer: Waste not want not in practice at UBC

The UBC Dairy Centre held an open house, attended by dairy farmers from across Canada, in late January to showcase our new sand recovery system. The system is the first of its kind in Canada and will make the operations of the UBC dairy farm more sustainable.

Seminar: Andressa Amorim de Oliveira

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – 12:00pm Speaker: Andressa Amorim de Oliveira Topic: “Assessing motivation of dairy cows to access pasture using a weighted push-gate” Location: BMO Conference Room, UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre, Agassiz Andressa Amorim de Oliveira is a PhD student from Curitiba, Brazil. Her work is focused on transition cow welfare.

Seminar: Julie Johnsen & Lucia De Simone

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 12pm (noon), BMO Conference Room Two speakers will be presenting their research at Thursday’s seminar: The first speaker will be Julie Johnsen talking about: Mothering with or without suckling and its effect on cow and calf behaviour, cow milk production and calf weight gain. The second speaker will be Lucia De Simone talking about: Is lameness […]

ICAR delegates to visit UBC Dairy Centre

ICAR delegates to visit UBC Dairy Centre

The International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) delegates will visit UBC Dairy Centre on July 29. The Congress will be held in Vancouver from July 29 to August 2. The Congress is held every 4 years and this is the first time it is being hosted in  Canada.

UBC Senior Executive Team visits the Dairy Centre

UBC Senior Executive Team visits the Dairy Centre

The university’s Senior Executive team recently visited the Dairy Education and Research Centre, located in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.

MP Mark Strahl visits the Dairy Centre

MP Mark Strahl visits the Dairy Centre

Mark Strahl (centre), MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, tours the facilities at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre with Director Jim Thompson (left) and Manager Nelson Dinn.

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