Integrated projects related to the reality of agricultural environment

Each year, students of 2I Year of Agribusiness Management and Technology (GTEA) program on the La Pocatière campus planning and operating micro-enterprises in animal and/or plant production. Last time, five teams developed a business plan and received the necessary financing to bring it to fruition. Here is a brief description of the projects currently underway.

Delices Sauvage is a wild boar breeding project. The project involves breeding eight wild pigs so that they can be processed into individual pieces and sold to students and staff. With their project, students compare half the animals on a fattening pig ration and the other half on the same ration as the first group, but with 10% of the ration replaced with barley. The purpose of this test is to check the average daily gain (ADG) of each group.

Speckle Park’s mission is to raise and sell meat of the “Speckle Park” breed. This Canadian cattle breed is little known in Quebec, the students want to introduce it to the ITAQ community as well as visitors to Expo Poque 2024. This project involves breeding two cattle of different sexes to be able to conduct comparative tests. Compare their GMQ.

The students of Color-Œufs decided to direct their animal production project towards the poultry sector. Through common sense and some literary research, he found a hen that, due to its special genetics, lays eggs with a blue-blue shell. Colored eggs will allow you to stand out from the competition with a special product.

During the winter season, the Fains Frisés team produces strawberries in the Market Garden greenhouse. They also offer a variety of herbs produced and sold in pots, including curly parsley, mountain mint, coriander and Greek basil. Their comparative test involves examining the difference in yield and quality between strawberry plants in a greenhouse without artificial lighting and other plants with artificial LED lighting.

Students on the Sauté-Mouton team raise six lambs with the aim of offering a quality product. The comparative trial of this project involves validating the two types of feed and evaluating their effect on the ADG of lambs. The results will make it possible to define whether it is more profitable for sheep producers to grow corn fodder to feed their flocks, or whether it is better to continue growing only grass fodder, knowing that, in recent years, the global Warming has become a limiting factor for agriculture.

The educational benefits of these projects are important for our future agricultural managers.

Indeed, completing the project requires effective communication between all members, fostering teamwork and good conflict management in addition to teaching them the basics of retailing and customer perspective.

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