ADC – envisioned to be an efficient and flexible IT platform capable of complex data integration and analytics. Implemented in an agile manner, the Ontario Dairy Research Centre at the Elora Research Station is one of the first use case with coincident priorities and assets of the Animal Biosciences Animal Database and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO).

The Ontario Dairy Research Centre is a state-of-the-art 175,000 square foot facility that supports discovery, learning and outreach. This centre is the result of collaboration among the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the University of Guelph and the Ontario dairy industry.

The dairy research centre provides a rich environment for scientific experiments and data collection. It provides a versatile research platform that allows researchers and industry representative to collaborate on projects that advance Ontario and Canada’s dairy sector.

Data at ERS is generated directly by on-farm technologies, research activities as well as indirectly through industry and advisors who service the dairy barn.

The Ontario Dairy Research Centre consists of a number of technologies that generate large volumes of data at various points of the milking process. The major technology systems include:

  • DeLaval milking systems for voluntary milking with DeLaval Herd Navigator, rotary milking and tie stall
  • DeLaval rotary milking system and Body Condition Score camera
  • DeLaval tie stall milking system
  • Insentec feed intake monitoring and control systems
  • DeLaval Forster Technik calf feeding machines
  • Data Ranger feed intake system
  • DeLaval activity monitors
  • Bulk tank time temperature recorders
  • Ventilation systems