Dairy Learning Centre -
Key learning areas are:
- calf management
- feed and nutrition
- cow comfort
- dairy specific software
- manure management
- studying animal handling systems
- practicing blood collection procedures
- experience working with large animals
|5 design principles|
Safe student and industry training
Maximize automation and minimize environmental impact
Transition cow management
Cow comfort and animal care
|Energy efficient systems|
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Lakeland will share results of these initiatives with producers, students, government and industry.
The state-of-the-art Dairy Learning Centre came about through vision and partnerships.
Vision came not only from Lakeland’s leadership, but also from members of the dairy unit of the Student-Managed Farm – powered by New Holland.
Successive dairy teams pointed out the need to replace the 1980s dairy barn. Then they were involved with providing feedback during the design process. Kristyn Child (Class of 2015) suggested the ideal facility for student learning would incorporate both conventional and robotic systems.
And that’s what happened.
Alberta Milk was a key partner in making the centre a reality.
They’ve provided the use of additional milk quota, and funds from the Government of Alberta Growing Forward 2 grant to incorporate energy efficient systems and design in the facility. They’ll continue to provide input on courses and training opportunities.
Funding for the $9.5 million facility includes $3,467,500 in federal funding through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
Lakeland College's Dairy Learning Centre officially opened on August 22, 2017. Industry, community and students were among the visitors for the ribbon cutting.
Photo:The ribbon cutting included (left to right): Craig Haan, Eagle Builders; Tom Kootstra, chairman of Alberta Milk Board; Darrel Howell, chair of Lakeland Board of Governors; Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education, Josie Van Lent, dean of Lakeland College School of Agricultural Sciences; Kristyn Child, Lakeland Class of 2015 alumnus; Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and CEO of Lakeland College; Daryl Watt, reeve of County of Vermilion River, and Bruce MacDuff, mayor of Vermilion.