Recent News and Events

Flooding Response – Dairy Education and Research Centre (DERC)

The Lower Mainland was hit by a devastating flooding earlier this week that has caused immense loss in our community. British Columbia has declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, and working on the more pressing points such as search and rescue, assessment of roads and railway, and water level control. As the water recedes, […]

Largest robotic milking research facility in North America to open at UBC Dairy Centre featuring GEA robots

Fully robotic milking farm will advance dairy research, attract students and educate public. The following is a news release from GEA, released on June 23, 2021. Naperville, Ill. [June 23, 2021] – The University of British Columbia (UBC) Dairy Education and Research Centre will become the largest robotic milking research facility in North America with […]

Dr. Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk named new Director of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare (NFAHW) Council Board

She is recognized as a leader in Animal Welfare, and will take over from outgoing Director, Dr. David Fraser.

Professor Dan Weary Receives UFAW Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science

The UFAW Medal recognizes exceptional achievements of individual scientists who have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of animal welfare over a number of years.

Got a moody teenager? Cows can relate

Dairy cattle undergo personality changes during puberty much like humans do, according to new research by Professor Marina von Keyserlingk.

Professor Emeritus Jim Thompson receives BC Dairy Industry Achievement Award

Professor Emeritus and founding director of the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre received the BC Dairy Industry Achievement Award from the BC Dairy Historical Society.

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.