Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre

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The Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre (Sherbrooke RDC) located in Sherbrooke, Québec was established in 1914. It is one of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

Areas of Research

Research at Sherbrooke RDC focuses on developing cost-effective and environmentally friendly dairy and swine production techniques that provide Canadians with high-quality agricultural products.

The Sherbrooke RDC is the only AAFC research centre that is dedicated exclusively to dairy and swine production. Specializing in a number of different disciplines in the areas of animal science such as husbandry, nutrition, functional genomics, agro-environmental processes, behaviour study and meat quality, the centre’s research teams are able to conduct both fundamental and applied research to gain insight into and develop solutions to issues related to livestock production.

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Sector Needs

The Sherbrooke RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science, which includes:

Enhancing the Sector’s Productivity

The efficiency and productivity of the Dairy and Swine sector are enhanced by researching genetics, livestock and the production system, with an emphasis on:

  • Disease resistance
  • Animal welfare
  • Sow productivity
  • Cow lactation persistency
  • Effectiveness of cow and pork inputs

Enhancing environmental performance

By reducing the environmental impact of dairy and pork production, we:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient excretion from cows
  • Reduce swine excretion and odours
  • Reduce microbial contamination in swine manure by using different separation systems

At the production system level, we reduce gas and ammonia emissions and improve nutrient management and the efficient use of natural resources in dairy and swine operations.

Improving food and non-food attributes

By identifying and developing value-added attributes in pork carcasses and meat and in meat quality to improve quality for food and non-food uses throughout the food chain.

Dealing with the risks of the value chain

By improving cow and swine health and milk safety. By reducing the use of antibiotics and the risk of disease from pathogens in manure and slurry. For poultry and other animals, by contributing to the conservation of genetic resources and improvement of safety throughout the value chain.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre through their profiles below.

You can also visit the Fields of Science campaign featuring 11 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists from coast to coast. Discover why they chose to pursue a career in agriculture and learn more about their research.

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Scientists and researchers

Image Aline Remus
Research scientist in precision nutrition and metabolism in pigs
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Image Bernard Goyette
Research scientist - Agro-Environmental Process Engineering
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Candido Pomar
Reseach Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Céline Ster
Research Scientist
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Image Chantal Farmer
Research scientist
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Research Scientist
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Research scientist
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Image Danyel Bueno Dalto
Research scientist
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Image Dominic Poulin-Laprade
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Eveline Ibeagha-Awemu
Research Scientist
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Image Renee M. Petri
Research Scientist Gastrointestinal Microbiome
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Research Scientist
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Image Isabelle Breune
Agronomist, Technology Transfer Officer
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Research Scientist
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Image Luigi Faucitano
Research scientist
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Image Marcel Marcoux
Research professional
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Image Marie-France Palin
Research Scientist
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Image Mélissa Duplessis
Research scientist
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Image Mylene Blais
Research Scientist
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Image Nathalie Bissonnette
Research Scientist, animal genomics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Nicolas Devillers
Research Scientist in pig behaviour and welfare
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Pierre Lacasse
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Rajinikanth Rajagopal
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. J. Dairy Sci. Vol. 105, Suppl. 1, Page 395. (abs. 2435V).

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  2. Ruiz-González, A., Y. H. Leung, A. Celimin, A. Kenez, P. Y. Chouinard, R. Gervais, D. R. Ouellet, H. Lapierre, and D. E. Rico. 2022. Whole-body protein and glucose metabolism in cows fed diets with varying amino acid supply under heat stress. J. Dairy Sci. 105, Suppl. 1, Page 93.

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  3. Different sources of biochar had no effect on in vitro rumen fermentation and methane production. J. Dairy Sci. 105 (Suppl. 1): 219 (Abstr.)

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  4. Byrne, A., O. Severine, T. Cochard, K. Tahlan, F. Biet, and N Bissonnette. 2022. Genetic typing of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis strains isolated from 14 cows shedding high levels of MAP in the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario Herds. 15th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis, Dublin, Irland, June 12-16th 2022.

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  5. Bissonnette, N., D. Kelton, G. Fecteau, K. Tahlan, E. Ibeagha-Awemu, and P. Griebel. 2022. Identification of disease tolerant and susceptible cows to Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection for genetic analyses of disease resistance. 15th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis. Dublin, Irland, June 12-16 2022.

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  6. Benchaar, C., F. Hassanat, and K. A. Beauchemin. 2022. Effect of Dietary Metabolizable Protein Level on Energy Partitioning of Ayrshire and Holstein Dairy Cows. 8th International Greenhouse Gas Animal Agriculture Conference. June 5-9, 2022. Orlando, FL.

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  7. Benchaar, C. 2022. Nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric methane emissions from dairy cows: state of knowledge and new perspectives. Proceeding of the 2022 Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada, pp. 184-200.

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  8. Ariel, O., Brouard, J.S., Marete, A., Miglior, F., Ibeagha-Awemu, E., Bissonnette, N. (2021). Genome-wide association analysis identified both RNA-seq and DNA variants associated to paratuberculosis in Canadian Holstein cattle ‘in vitro’ experimentally infected macrophages. BMC Genomics, [online] 22(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-021-07487-4

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  9. Thibodeau et al (2021) Nouveaux additifs alimentaires destinés à augmenter la robustesse des porcelets au sevrage. Colloque scientifique en production porcine et avicole (CRAAQ-CDPQ), Quebec, 2021/10/08

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  10. Ruiz-González, A., A. Celimin, Y. H. Leung, , A. Kenez, P. Y. Chouinard, H. Lapierre, D. R. Ouellet, R. Gervais, and D. E. Rico. 2022. Milk fatty acids as markers of heat stress in cows fed diets with varying protein composition. Book of Abstracts of the 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. ed. / EAAP scientific committee. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2021. p. 133 (Book of abstracts; No. 27).

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