Updates From the World of Livestock & Poultry Research


New Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence names director
Dr. Kris Ringwall, former director with North Dakota State University research extension, has been appointed director of Saskatchewan's new centre for research and teaching with the livestock and forage industries. The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence covers 27 quarters of land on locations near Saskatoon.

University of Manitoba 
names new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Dr. Martin Scanlon has been appointed the dean of  The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Scanlon with ensure the faculty continue to provide leadership to the agri-food sector throughout his five-year term. He was previously with the university's Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences.

  Making News

New funding supports Canadian swine disease detection
The Atlantic Veterinary College and Canadian Pork Council have been awarded $1.6 million to improve detection of enteric diseases in swine. Funded by a federal investment, the new partnership project is designed to improve disease surveillance in Canada and improve the pork industry's ability to deal with diseases.

University of Guelph receives new genomic project funding
An investment of $1.5 million in federal funding will support three genomics research projects at the University of Guelph. The projects include adapting high immune response technology for dairy cattle, improving genomic testing to protect freshwater resources and biodiversity, and creating tools to process large volumes of DNA sequence data.
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Canadian Meat Science Association scholarship deadline
February 22 is the deadline for graduate and undergraduate students to apply for the 2019 Canadian Meat Science Association scholarships. Four scholarships are awarded annually to promote quality education and development of meat science research in Canada. 

  LRIC Update

Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) and Ontario's Poultry Industry
Call for letters of intent are open.
Log on to the LRIC Grants Management System.

Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC)
Call for letters of intent  is now open, and researchers are invited to complete and submit the funding application form.
All funding applications must be received by March 14, 2019. 

Coming events
Feb 20, 2019:   Poultry Industry Council Producer Updates, Mount Brydges, ON,

Feb 20, 2019: South Western Ontario Pork Conference, Ridgetown, ON

Feb 2 0 - 21, 2019:  Beef Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting, Toronto ON, 

Feb 20 - 22, 2019: Alberta Beef Industry Conference, Red Deer, AB, 

Feb 21, 2019:   Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium, Woodstock ON;  

Feb 26, 2019: Poultry Industry Council Producer Updates, Mount Forest, ON, 

March 4, 2019:
Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Mississauga, ON

March 4 - 6, 2019: Progressive Dairy Operators' Triennial Dairy Symposium, Toronto, ON

March 6, 2019:   Veal Farmers of Ontario, annual general meeting and producer education day, Stratford ON, 

March 6 - 7, 2019: Canada SynBio Conference 
Toronto, ON

March 26 - 27, 2019: London Swine Conference, London ON

March 26 - 27, 2019: Egg Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting

Apr 3 - 4, 2019 : National Poultry Show, 
London ON

Apr 3 - 4, 2019: Canadian Dairy XPO, 
Stratford ON

May 1, 2019: PIC Poultry Research Day, Stratford, ON

May 15 - 16, 2019: Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada, Niagara Falls ON, 

Jun 17 - 19, 2019: Ontario Small Ruminant Veterinary Conference, Guelph ON, 

Jun 19 - 20, 2019
: Ontario Pork Congress, Stratford ON, 

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Environment and climate change: 
Using space 
technology to address ammonia in agriculture

A team of UK scientists is using technology developed for space research to tackle the amount of ammonia agriculture releases into the atmosphere. The work will use a reliable way to monitor and analyze ammonia emission so mitigation procedures can be introduced.

Poultry: Reading the red mite genome leads to control options

An international research team, led by UK scientists, has successfully sequenced the red mite genome - an ectoparasite that can spread a large number of diseases in poultry and causes substantial economic losses for poultry farmers. Unravelling the genome helped researchers understand what drives the physiological process of the mite and determine what processes could be used to control it.

Poultry: Transgenic chicks are flu-resistant

British scientists are developing gene-edited chickens to be resistant to flu in a new approach to try and stop the next human pandemic. Using CRISPR technology, the birds' DNA has been altered to remove protein that the flu virus depends on, making the chicken's completely flu-resistant.

Poultry: New global poultry research hub launched

The One Health Poultry Hub is a new global hub that will focus on reducing the risk of animal-to-human diseases including food poisoning, avian influenza and misuse of antibiotics. The group will be led by London's Royal Veterinary College with partners in Asia, Australia, Europe and the UK, working in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Swine: Meat inspection data can improve animal welfare

Dutch researchers analyzed meat inspection data and suggest there is a genetic variation for common indicators of poor animal welfare. They reviewed carcass slaughter remarks on more than 140,000 finisher pigs in Germany and have developed a selection index to identify boars that can be used to enhance animal welfare on pig farms. This work demonstrates cooperation along the pork value chain to enhance animal welfare.

Swine: Scoring herd vulnerability to PRRS

A team of researchers at Iowa State University have found a way to give farms a Biosecurity Vulnerability Score (BVS) based on surveys from its PRRS outbreak program. The research shows that farms with higher BVS had PRRS breaks more frequently. The team validated the BVS by surveying biosecurity practices and PRRS outbreaks in 125 breed-to-wean herds in the US.

Swine: New training tool for on-farm euthanasia

A new training tool is the first interactive euthanasia training programme for the US swine industry with the potential to improve timely and on-farm pig euthanasia. The innovative computer-based program covers breeding stock, piglets, and wean to grower-finisher pigs.

Beef: Lessons from a neonatal disease survey

A comprehensive survey with western Canadian veterinarians and their clients looked at the incidence of early calfhood diseases including scours, pneumonia and navel infections. The survey provides a good synopsis of what issues the industry is facing and accepted practices being used in the field.
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Dairy: Innovative packaging reduces milk degradation

Food tech startup Noluma has developed a unique technology that can be used to measure the light protection of milk packaging. Food scientists know that when milk is exposed to light, Vitamin A losses occur after just two hours. The startup partners with food companies on the design of light-protected packaging to keep product contents' intact.

Dairy: New living laboratory to study dairy production

A team of researchers at the University of Bristol will help establish the John Oldacre Centre for Sustainability and Welfare in Dairy Production to tackle the global challenge of ethical food security. The new state-of-the-art living laboratory will train the next generation of veterinarians and agriculturalists to help address the major issues facing agriculture.

Dairy: Investigating transition cow health

Researchers at the University of Guelph are investigating two situations in late-pregnancy cows that are harmful to the cow and her unborn calf. Pregnant cows reduce feed intake just before calving, and simultaneously experience chronic, low-grade, body-wide inflammation. The research team is trying to determine how these conditions affect each other so they can prevent metabolic inflammation that may contribute to health problems.

Sheep: Canadian industry moves lambs on blockchain

A new field trial demonstrated how the Canadian sheep industry can use traceability framework to add value  to Canadian lamb. The trial, named SheepTrace, makes Canada the first country to trace lambing from pasture to plate on blockchain - using existing traceability technologies with new digital tools.

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

That's a rotten piece of meat, let's eat!

A US paleobiologist is watching meat rot to better understand the Neandertal diet. The researcher at George Washington University is measuring nitrogen in cuts of beef to pin down the biochemical changes meat undergoes as it rots. The information is being used to determine details on the Neandertal diet including how much meat was consumed, how it was obtained and how it was prepared - fresh, rotten, raw or cooked.
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