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Canadian government supports environmental study in cattle

Dairy farmers in Canada will be able to reduce their costs and environmental impact with a new investment from the Harper Government of over CAN$133,000 to Alberta Milk to support a pioneering study on how to maintain high milk yields while reducing the use of amino acids in animal feed.

Conducted by the University of Alberta Dairy Research and Technology Centre, the study will show how reducing the use of specific amino acids in the diet of dairy cows could allow producers to optimize the protein content in their cattle's food intake.
 
This should result in lower feed costs and mitigating the environmental impact on the farms and waterways through reduced excretion of excess nutrients.
 
Nutrient intake and milk yields will be measured throughout the two-year study to eventually enable farmers to strike the right balance between protein intake and milk yields.
 
This investment comes from the Government of Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP).
 
CAAP is a five-year (2009-14), CAN$163-million initiative that aims to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive. In Alberta, CAAP is delivered by the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC).

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