UPEI’s Three Oaks Innovations Inc. has negotiated a contract with the Silver Bullet Corporation that will see professors from the Atlantic Veterinary College test the company’s water treatment system on dairy farms. Dr. Javier Sanchez, left, and Dr. Greg Keefe, third right, Health Management Professors at AVC, will conduct the study. Joining them for the contract announcement are, from second left, Vik Khurana, president, Silver Bullet Canada; Ashish Rampal, general manager, Silver Bullet Canada; David Sunshine, president, Silver Bullet USA and Dr. Robert Gilmour, Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies, UPEI.
CHARLOTTETOWN -- Two Health Management professors from UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College, Drs. Greg Keefe and Javier Sanchez, have been engaged by Silver Bullet Water Treatment Corporation to test the company’s water treatment system on dairy farms.
“Dairy cattle need constant access to clean water for good health and to achieve optimum production,” said Dr. Keefe, an Innovation PEI Industry Research Chair. “Water is the single largest component of a cow’s diet, and poor quality can have negative effects. This study will examine how the Silver Bullet system affects herd health and production.”
“Farms installed with Silver Bullet today report positive observations regarding treated versus non-treated water on milk production, milk components, and other key benchmarks, including udder health,” indicated the corporation’s general manager, Ashish Rampal. “These results indicate encouraging trends in improved milk quality and production volume, which the study intends to validate.”
The AVC study will include 20 dairy herds and approximately 1,200 cows. It will be run as a clinical trial over two time periods. Herds will be randomly selected to either be left with their current watering system or be equipped with the Silver Bullet system. The AVC team will measure water consumption and assess the impact on cow-level productivity. The study will also measure udder health and bacteria levels in water systems at the Maritime Quality Milk laboratory at the AVC.
The contract with Silver Bullet Corporation was negotiated and facilitated by Three Oaks Innovations Inc., an independent company owned by UPEI.