New Possibilities for the Renovated CFRC Facility

Oct 29, 2014

Donations from Cargill allows new research opportunities in animal feed

The grand opening of the renovated Canadian Feed Research Centre (CFRC) was held on October 24 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. The ceremony recognised the $2.4 million contribution made by Cargill, as well as  the $4 million donation by the Canada Foundation of Innovation. The CFRC will work with industrial and provincial partners to advance the nutritional value of livestock feed.

The CFRC focus is  research that seeks to improve the quality of livestock feed by refining the conversion of low quality and highly variable ingredients, for example feed grains or the co-products of biofuel and bioprocessing  industries. The purpose is to develop and eventually produce safe, high-quality feed both consistently and sustainably.

Over the past five years Cargill has made $116 million in capital investments to programs in Saskatchewan. Contributions are offered through the Cargill Cares Council; the council identifies organizations in the province that focus on food security and education as well as nutritional and environmental stewardships.

The University of Saskatchewan stated the 15,650 square foot facility will employ four to eight research and development professionals, with an estimated 100 years’ experience combined between the professionals. This will also allow the facilities to be used for research and advanced training for graduate and undergraduate students. Students will be able to prepare for careers in the feed and livestock sector. The facility may also be rented out to industry clients for industry research.

The capabilities offered through the facility give CFRC opportunities to attract commercialization activities and engage industries. The CFRC’s increased processing capabilities could contribute $2 million to the Saskatchewan GDP through direct benefits to the crop and livestock industry.