Another Sweet donation for Livestock Research Centre

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May 13, 2015
Judy Sweet has made another donation to Lakeland College to help with the cost of the modernization and expansion of the Livestock Research Centre
Her recent contribution of $150,000 was made one year after she and her family donated $100,000 towards the project from their company Sportaken Holdings. An additional $100,000 was also donated in May 2014 from The Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation, a foundation established in memory of Judy’s husband Garth.

Sweet continues to support the project because she likes the livestock research that is being done at Lakeland College and she is impressed with the college’s Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland, a concept that sees crop technology and animal science technology students actively involved in operating and managing an agriculture business.

“I also appreciate the attitude of the instructors at Lakeland. To them, it’s all about the students. They’re really student-focused which is great to see,” says Sweet, noting that it’s great that students have the opportunity to be involved in applied research projects and learn from the results.

The conversion of the former bull test station at the Vermilion campus into a Livestock Research Centre began in 2012 with the installation of GrowSafe technology for monitoring the individual feed intake of animals. 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 will begin this month. Expansion is taking place on the east side of the building so a demonstration space can be created. The 1,000 sq. ft. area will also include washrooms and a small lab space.

While sheep and cattle feed trials have been conducted in the Livestock Research Centre since 2012, there was no place for Lakeland staff and students to meet with research partners and members of the public to discuss applied research projects or share results of livestock feed trials, says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College.

“An important part of applied research is showcasing the technology and sharing the results. Thanks to Judy’s generous donation, we will be able to create a space where we can do that,” says Wainwright-Stewart.

The expansion of the Livestock Research Centre is expected to be finished by September. “I’m looking forward to coming back to the college to see the expansion completed,” says Sweet.

May 13, 2015