As a hub for innovation and applied research, the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility supports student-led learning and research.
It features state-of-the-art technology for livestock research and development. Not only great for the industry, the facility also benefits for the students. A livestock research team is one of the units of the Student-Managed Farm powered by New Holland.
As well the facility is home to a 90-head cattle herd used by the student research team.
The livestock research facility has increased Lakeland’s capacity to participate in applied research projects of importance to the livestock industry in Western Canada. Past projects include lamb milk replacer, heifer feed efficiency, DNA testing, feeder lamb rotation, beef finishing rations and wet/dry barley feed trials.
The conversion of the former bull test station into the Livestock Research Facility began in 2012.
- GrowSafe technology for monitoring individual feed intake was the first initiative.
- The second phase, completed in 2013, was the addition of new cattle and sheep handling systems plus a scale system.
- The third phase of the modernization project, completed in 2015, was the expansion on the east side of the building to create a demonstration space. This 1,000 square foot area includes washrooms. meeting room and lab space.