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Research and education

sow barn

Laetitia Cloutier, Agr., M.Sc.
Responsible - Feeding and Animal Nutrition

Tel. 418 650-2440 ext. 4352
Cell. 418 609-0320
Email: lcloutier@cdpq.ca

Francis Pouliot, Eng., M.B.A.
Responsible for Research infrastructures

Tel. 418 650-2440 ext. 4328
Email: fpouliot@cdpq.ca

Research and education sow barn

A state-of-the-art research facility for the pig industry!

Dedicated to research and development (R&D) and the training of the next generation, our sow barn is located in Armagh, about 60 minutes from Quebec City. The herd has 675 productive sows (farrow to wean), driven in batches on a four-week flow.

Innovative R&D projects (public and private) will be carried out in this facility and the main objectives are to:
  • Minimize the impacts of animal production on the environment by optimizing the use of resources (e.g., energy, water, food, etc.)
  • Promote the welfare of animals and breeders​
  • Optimize production costs in order to promote the competitiveness of the Quebec pork industry
  • Develop and/or validate innovative techniques, technologies and knowledge
  • Develop and/or validate solutions with regard to the labor shortage

Do you have questions about our projects? Contact our experts!

Laetitia is our growing pig feeding and animal nutrition specialist. She is your point of contact for any questions about projects being conducted or planned in this area of expertise at the station for both piglets in nursery barns and pigs in finishing barns.
Francis Pouliot is our Building and Livestock Management expert, specialized in general ambiance conditions (e.g., air filtration and ventilation). He will assist you and answer any questions you may have about projects in this area of expertise as well as equipment and technologies that are available or that could be tested at the sow barn.


Unique on an international scale

Due to its equipment and the projects carried out, this Research and Education Sow Barn is a unique research tool for the Quebec pork industry!

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Flexi-Porc, for your employees in swine production

The CDPQ is a proud partner of CFA Saint-Anselme and our research and training sow barn, located in Armagh, is available to their students for practical training in swine production. They benefit from an exceptional learning environment with state-of-the-art equipment.
Are you an employer in the swine sector and want your employees to benefit from specialized training? Flexi-Porc will meet your needs.

For information:
Sophie Trépanier
418 885-4517 ext. 1661



Herd health is everyone's business


Thank you for your collaboration! 


Two videos are available

In order to avoid the introduction of diseases in sow barn during visits by various stakeholders, a biosecurity protocol has been put in place to control the arrival at the farm. It is important to read it before coming to the farm and and rigourously adhered to at all time.

Two videos are available (in French), presenting the entire biosecurity protocol to be followed, from the parking space to be used to the entry into the building.

Main building

Observation corridor



Thanks to our main financial partners!

This industry tool was made possible thanks to them.

Thanks to our builders!

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Alltech - Brome Compost - Fort Métal - Groupe Cérès inc. - Hypor - JOLCO Équipements - Le Centre d'insémination porcine du Québec (CIPQ) inc - Les Consultants Denis Champagne - Probiotech International inc - RCA Électrique