Research & Development

The Bakerview EcoDairy farm, located on 105 acres in Abbotsford, is a key component of the Nutriva Group and contributes to a shared mission, vision, and values: To improve health and well-being through innovation and collaboration. To make a difference for the common good. To be open & honest, win-win, find solutions, and make a difference.

At Bakerview Farm, we believe in growth and working hard to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday.  We believe in learning and improving farming practices through study, education, research, and best practices. Here is the list of research projects that we are currently working on:

1. Blockchain for Supply Chain Integration and Authentication

Partners: KPMG, Vytelle, Foerster-Technik, Spoitz Inc.

A complete mapping of the farm-to-fork movement of beef products through the Bakerview Farm to retail markets around BC. This project is being conducted in association with KPMG, which is working with Bakerview to pilot its blockchain encrypted information management system. It uses non-invasive monitoring devices from GrowSafe by Vytelle and Foerster-Technik to track animal feed intake and weight gain. The aim is to bolster consumer confidence by providing the health and environmental benefits of locally produced beef product.

2. Evaluation of Feeding Hydroponic Fodder for Finishing Beef Cattle

Partners: TRU, KPU, GenomeBC, Spoitz Inc.

A performance and metagenomic assessment of the effect of finishing diets on the growth rate and quality of Wagyu beef. This project aims to optimize the inherent traits that make Wagyu beef world-renowned by focusing on the economic/health impacts of different feed additive inclusion in the animal rations. Meat quality and microbial diversity will be key markers for study to create improved opportunities for high-end beef production for BC farmers.

3. Evaluation of Feeding Hydroponic Fodder on Dairy Cow Performance

Partners: Cubic Farm Systems

A thorough evaluation of hydroponically grown sprouted barley fodder (HydroGreen) as a component of dairy cattle feed. This project will determine the effects of replacing increasing amounts of Dry Matter Intake Feed (DMIF) in a high-forage, high-grain, and combination forage/grain diet with HydroGreen. Successful outcomes include increases in milk yield, beneficial impact on milk components (e.g., fat and protein), improved digestion, and changes to other less quantifiable traits (e.g., effects on reproduction).

4. Effect of Synergest on Pre-weaned Calf Performance

Partner: Lallemand Animal Health and Nutrition, Foerster-Technik

An evaluation of novel milk replacer formulations to better feed calves raised at Bakerview. This project will determine the effect of supplementing the diet of beef calves with Synergest compared to a conventional milk replacer. Key diagnostic markers include the effect of the supplementation on average daily milk replacer consumption, average daily gain, and other observable health parameters. Animals throughout the study are monitored using novel smart neckbands that track animal activity and milk consumption.

Our Services

We have an on-site lab Fraser Analytical Services (FAS) that analyze feed and water samples to ensure optimal nutritional benefits for animals. We test the feed and water on our farm and offer these services to other farmers across western Canada.  For feed & water testing click here.

Our Products

We specialize in farm fresh and traceable dairy, organic and free-range eggs and premium grass-fed beef.  Our product lines include Vitala Foods dairy and egg products, EcoDairy Milk, Hanks Grass Fed Beef and FreeBird organic eggs not to mention seasonal curated ice cream, fresh berries, and on-site farm market.

“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.”

Brenda Schoepp

 

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