Updates From the World of Livestock & Poultry Research

LRIC Annual Meeting - mark your calendars
When: June 28th 2018                   
Where: Victoria Park East Golf Club, 1096 Victoria Rd. South

We've Moved! 
LRIC is now at 490 York Road, Building A Suite 204, Guelph ON N1E 6V1


Research investment for UG Animal Bioscience researchers
University of Guelph researchers have received $800,000 in project funding through the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program. Christine Baes received $150,000 for breeding strategies in dairy cattle; Angela Canovas was awarded $201,320 to research value chain genomics, profitability and customer satisfaction; and Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro received $200,000 for redefining trace mineral nutrition in dairy cattle.

  Making News

Genomics-based research funding program announced
Ontario Genomics, the Agricultural Adaptation Council and Genome Canada are teaming up to deliver funding under the new Ontario Regional Priorities Partnership Program (RP3). This regionally-focused program is an open funding competition for Proof-of-Concept stage projects that will deliver genomics-derived solutions for industry-identified challenges and opportunities in Ontario's agriculture and agri-food sector. Proposals are due in fall 2018.

  LRIC Update
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 

June 19-21, 2018:  International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare and the UCVM Beef Cattle Conference, Calgary AB,

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

June 20-22, 2018: Milk Quality Meeting - Solutions to Emerging Milk Quality Issues, Guelph ON,
June 28, 2018: LRIC Annual General Meeting, Guelph ON,

Aug 14-16, 2018: Canadian Beef Industry Conference, London 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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Research Snapshots 

Feed: Beneficial fungi able to protect cereals from related pathogens
UK researchers have found a way to reduce cereal's risk from a deadly root pathogen using a related species of the same pathogen to protect cereal roots. Take-all is a devastating fungal disease of cereal crops around the world caused by  Gaeumannomyces tritici . Researchers have pinpointed a related species that is able to immunize cereal plant roots against the pathogen.

Poultry: Genes identified for sociality
Five genes that affect social behaviour in chickens have been identified by Swedish researchers. Identifying the genes that are responsible for the variation in sociality will help researchers understand how sociality is formed and how social behaviour is controlled by genetics.

Poultry: Egg consumption could reduce cardiovascular disease
A new study from China suggests that eating an egg a day could seriously reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, compared to not eating an egg. Those who consumed up to one egg per day had a 26% lower risk of stroke, 26% lower risk of stroke death and 18% lower risk of cardiovascular death.

Poultry: Loose stools linked to blackhead disease transmission in turkeys
North Carolina State University researchers may be able to explain why some turkey flocks with blackhead disease show higher mortality than others. It's because enteric inflammation and loose stools can affect the rate that turkeys contract blackhead disease. Flock mortality associated with the disease is normally less than 10% but can go as high as 100%.

Poultry: Innovating poultry farms with artificial intelligence
Smart farms equipped with artificial intelligence are being developed in South Korea. The farms would maximize poultry production and be able to detect avian influenza without the use of human help. One of the farms' key features is automatic analysis of birds' physical condition with cameras and sensors to help with early infection detection to improve disease prevention.

Swine: Chinese support facial recognition in pigs
A new academic platform is being created in China to attract young talent to continue developing intelligent pig farming. The workstation will focus on pig facial recognition technology. Artificial intelligence will help manage genetics, veterinary medicine, nutrition, environmental control and production.

Swine: British researchers make immunology breakthrough
Researchers have generated tools that help scientists understand a vital area of the immune system of pigs that was previously inaccessible. Using a unique line of pigs, the researchers developed novel tools to examine the response of immune cells - called CD8 (killer) T-cells - against flu infection or vaccination in pigs.

Swine: 3-D cameras alert to behavioural problems
New Scottish research has revealed that pigs hold their tails down against their body when tail biting is about to begin. Using 3-D cameras placed above feeders, the research on weaner-grower pigs automatically measured tail position to monitor for tail biting - a behaviour that causes pain and sickness on targeted pigs, and economic losses when infected tail wounds result in condemnation of meat in the abattoir.
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Beef: New probiotic takes on two key issues
US researchers have developed a bacteria-based probiotic that addresses two issues in beef production - nitrate poisoning from hay and forage, and methane production. The product - in the process of commercialization - is expected to increase feed efficiency, decrease the carriage of pathogens and reduce methane emissions.

Dairy: Detecting ruminal acidosis with a simple new test
Laval University researchers have discovered that the fatty acid profile of milk can yield information on what is happening in a cow's rumen. Agricultural technology transfer centre Agrinova is using this discovery to develop a simple diagnostic test for on-farm use that will quickly identify cows at risk of ruminal acidosis, a disease that is often hard to diagnose but has significant impact on both animal health and farm profitability.

Dairy: New on-farm mastitis test
A rapid diagnostic test for mastitis is being developed in the UK - to be used on-farm to identify the type of bacteria causing the infection. The new test will ensure cows are quickly prescribed the right antibiotic; it's expected to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Dairy: Milk helps lower fasting insulin level in obese children
University of Texas researchers have discovered that obese children who consume at least two servings of cow's milk every day are likely to have better blood sugar control that could guard against metabolic syndrome. The findings reinforce the importance of milk in a child's diet, although only one in 10 young people in the study were consuming the recommended daily amount of milk.
Whatever next?!? A look at the weird and wacky

Does this meat smell fresh to you?
Chinese scientists are using sensing equipment used in missiles and space equipment to report on the freshness of meat. The "freshness sniffer" technology detects ammonia and volatile organic compounds in uncooked meat to determine if it is fresh, needs to be cooked well or is already spoiled. The sensor connects to a mobile device so results can be read in real time.