Updates From the World of Livestock & Poultry Research

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U of S researcher receives additional funding for swine welfare research
Yolande Seddon was among six University of Saskatchewan professors to receive new funding support for their research. Seddon, one of the youngest researchers ever to hold a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) industry research chair, was awarded more than $2 million for a five-year project on management strategies that promote swine welfare.

Ontario Pork awards
Pork producers Stan and Mary Ann Found, and Jim Ross of Grand Valley Fortifiers, were recognized for their contributions to the pork industry at Ontario Pork's annual meeting when they were received producer and industry awards.

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Nominate an outstanding beef researcher
The Beef Cattle Research Council is looking for nominations for its annual award to recognize a researcher or scientist who has helped advance the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. Nominations are due May 1, 2018.

Eight innovations featured at Dutch event
This year's Intensive Livestock Farming event in The Netherlands featured eight modern innovations for swine operations including software applications for monitoring piglet weight, environmental tools to cool manure pits and new euthanizing options.

New funding opportunities for agriculture, agri-food & aquaculture
Ontario's diverse agriculture, agri-food and aquaculture sectors are the focus of three new funding opportunities. If you are a researcher with or a business seeking a genomics-driven innovation aimed at addressing a challenge or an opportunity in Ontario's Agriculture, Agri-Food Sector or Aquaculture sector. 

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Calls for Poultry Proposals Currently Open

Details on open calls for research proposals are available online. Log into LRIC's research management system by clicking here

Note: Poultry Letters of Intents are accepted on-line year-round.  A response on a letter of intent can normally be expected within 6 - 8 weeks from submission.

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Coming events 

May 2, 2018: Poultry Industry Council Research Day, Guelph ON,

May 16, 2018: University of Guelph Swine Research Day

June 20-21, 2018:  Ontario P ork Congress, Stratford ON,

June 28, 2018: LRIC Annual General Meeting, Guelph ON

Sep 11-13, 2018: Canada's Outdoor Farm Show , Woodstock ON,

Sep 18-22, 2018: International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, Pain Court ON,

Nov 1-2, 2018: Ontario Sheep Convention, Alliston ON,

Oct 15 - 19, 2018: World Dairy Summit, Daejon South Korea

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Environment and climate change: Discovery could lead to bee-friendly pesticides
UK researchers have discovered the enzymes in honeybees and bumblebees that determine their sensitivity to different neonicotinoid pesticides. The scientific breakthrough opens the way for the development of insecticides that are non-toxic to bees.

Environment and climate change: Bacteria studied for green abilities
Northwestern University researchers are studying methanotropic bacteria for its ability to leech metals from the environment and digest a potent greenhouse gas. They are first looking at the bacteria's basic physiological processes to better understand its potential to clean up the environment.

Poultry: Reverse vaccination strategy shows promise for Campylobacter jejuni
A team of French scientists have developed a vaccine protocol for poultry against Campylobacter jejuni. They are using a reverse vaccination strategy - or DNA prime/protein boost - and early results show the strength of the technique to induce a protective immune response.

Swine: Research updates on canola meal in swine nutrition
Canola meal has been used in swine diets for more than 40 years. The latest research insights support the use of canola meal as a cost-effective protein substitute for soybean meal in starter and grower/finisher diets, with improved performance results.   

Swine: Evaluating the use of antibiotics in weaner diets
Polish and Irish researchers evaluated the use of prophylactic antibiotics in weaner pigs and concluded that removing antibiotics had minimal effects on the health and welfare of the animals. Antibiotics are suspected to be a major source of antibiotic resistance, and their prophylactic use in feed is under review following the EU ban on their use as growth promoters.

Beef: New tracker makes traceability easier
New technology that captures data is making traceability and food safety risk management easier for Canadian beef, dairy, bison, goat and sheep farmers. The mobile solution helps farmers track everything from livestock inventory numbers and animal movements to pedigree, reproduction, health and body condition scoring information.

Beef: Sustainable food system needs plants and animals
USDA researchers examined what the world would look like without animal agriculture in the US. They concluded that beef production is a healthy part of a sustainable food system, and that while eliminating animal production would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there would be an upset in the balanced food ecosystem and a lack of dietary nutrients needed to feed all Americans.

Sheep (and cattle): Mapping gut microbes to study methane
New Zealand scientists led an international team that has identified the genetic makeup of more than 500 species of bacteria in the gut of cattle and sheep. The research made great strides from the 15 rumen microbes that were previously available to the scientific community. Understanding the behaviour of microbes in the gut is essential to address concerns about methane emissions from belching livestock.
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Dairy: Plant-based feed additives may curb methane emissions
The potential for oregano and green tea to reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle is being studied by Brazil researchers. They found the plant-based additives - that can modify rumen fermentation - did not alter milk components when fed to dairy cattle between 28 and 87 days of lactation but did reduce the production of methane gas.  

Dairy: Automatic jaw movement recorder tracks rumination
Rumination explains a lot about a cow's health and feeding behaviour but is difficult to measure in outdoor grazing systems. A team of Swiss researchers are evaluating an automatic jaw movement recorder for the ingestion and rumination behaviour of grazing dairy cows.

Dairy: Study finds organic milk higher in omega-3
A new research project by scientists in the US, UK, Australia and Denmark suggests that organic milk has 62% more omega-3 and 17% more conjugated linoleic acid than non-organic milk, and could have metabolic and cardiovascular benefits to humans. The project aimed to demonstrate how grass-fed milk could enhance the fatty acid profile of milk and restore the balance of fatty acids in humans.

Whatever next?!? A look at the weird and wacky

From poop to pulp to paper
Researchers in Vienna are converting the cellulose fibres that animals eat into paper. Using manure from cows and elephants, the process makes use of a waste product, and uses less energy and fewer chemicals than wood-based paper production.

Milk floats in Holland
The world's first floating dairy farm is under construction in The Netherlands. The farm, located in Rotterdam, will house 40 dairy cows and supply the city with fresh dairy products every day.