Updates From the World of Livestock & Poultry Research

 Livestock Research Innovation Corporation AGM and Speaker Program

Keynote Speakers:

Claire Gleason
Claire Gleason is a PhD student from Virginia Tech. who will be speaking about the protein impact of the EAT-Lancet reference diet.

Amanda Radke
Blogger, activist and rancher Amanda Radke from South Dakota will be discussing the importance of grazing for planet health and why ruminants are critical for the environment.

June 18th, Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, 
9230 Guelph Line, Campbellville


Guelph researcher shares in $25 million cancer grant
Emma Allen-Vercoe, professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph, is part of an international research team of 14 researchers sharing the world's most ambitious cancer research grant. The team, spanning five countries, is looking at connections between microbes in the body and cancer.
LRIC Update

Job Posting

CEO Tim Nelson is leaving LRIC in September in pursuit of new opportunities.  The search for the next CEO has begun.

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

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Coming Events

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

June 18, 2019: LRIC Annual Meeting, Campbellville, ON

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

Aug 13 - 15, 2019:  Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Calgary AB,

Sep 10 - 12, 2019 : Canada's Outdoor Farm Show, Woodstock ON,

Oct 5 - 9, 2019: Anuga 2019 - Taste the Future, Cologne, Germany,

Oct 8 - 11, 2019: Process Expo, Chicago, IL,

October 24 - 25th, 2019: Ontario Sheep Farmers, AGM and Conference, Allison, ON,

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Research Snapshots 

Alternative protein: Scaling up for efficient cricket production
Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are studying the sustainability and efficiency of large-scale cricket production to feed a growing world demand for protein. Their company, Ovipost, is looking at a more sustainable food system by bringing better technology to cricket farming.

Environment and climate change: Mapping the world's phosphorus stocks

A U.S. research institute is leading an international effort to map the global flow of phosphorus. The Stevens Institute of Technology is looking at how to recapture and recycle this vital agricultural nutrient that is produced from phosphate rocks, a finite resource that farmers depend on for crop production.
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Poultry: Advancing animal care through artificial intelligence
Food processing giant Cargill is using artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor poultry production along the supply chain for earlier detection of health issues. To ensure birds can exhibit natural behaviours, the company has started to use audio recordings on its farms in China - using AI to monitor changes in bird vocalization that may indicate health issues, before they are apparent to the human eye.
Poultry: McDonald's backs new broiler research fund
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture, together with global restaurant chain McDonald's, have launched a new $4 million research initiative to support the development of automated monitoring tools to help assess key welfare indicators in broilers. The SMART broiler initiative aims to help identify technology solutions to provide objective and comprehensive information about broiler welfare across the supply chain.
Swine: Vaccinating wild boar against ASF
New Spanish research suggests wild boar can be vaccinated against African Swine Fever (ASF) - a growing threat to global swine production. The vaccine can be delivered to animals via feed and represents the first promising research against the disease. The study also found the immunity can be passed on through contact with immunized animals, but further studies are needed on this.
Swine: Monitoring for early disease detection
A new pilot project is testing continuous sound monitoring for earlier detection of health challenges in an Iowa hog barn. The 24/7 monitoring system may be able to detect the onset of clinical respiratory disease earlier, more reliability and more consistently than human observation. The system detects and differentiates coughs from other sounds in the barn and quantifies them into a respiratory distress index - ultimately leading to earlier treatment.
Beef: High fibre beef burgers in Brazil
Researchers at the University of São Paulo are looking for ways to improve the health profile of beef burgers by adding fibre without impacting the taste. They added various levels of wheat fibre to burgers, and tested with consumers for taste, texture, aroma and satiety compared to pure meat burgers. Adding 3.75 g of fibre created a healthy burger with no taste difference.
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Beef: Distantly related hosts make for deadlier pathogens
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered when pathogens move between distantly related species, the infection is more likely to be lethal than when pathogens move between more closely related species. Researchers looked at 65 infectious diseases that infect 12 domesticated hosts and found that when a disease jumps from poultry to ruminants it is more likely to result in ruminant death, than a disease that transfers from bison to cattle.  
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Dairy: Sensors sniffing out spoiled milk
New technology developed by Washington State University scientists can "smell" if milk has gone bad, or is still good to drink. Without touching milk directly, the new sensor reacts to gas produced by bacterial growth that indicates spoilage and changes colour. The next step is to develop a way to show how long a product has before it spoils.
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Dairy: World's first floating dairy farm opens in the Netherlands
Created in part to highlight the scarcity of farmland, and the growing global population, a Dutch farmer has developed the world's first floating dairy farm. At a cost of nearly $3 million (USD), the working farm is located at the port of Rotterdam and was also designed as an educational tool. Farm features includes vending machines to sell milk to consumers, floating solar panels to provide the farm's energy need, and a process to capture and purify rainwater.

Whatever Next?!? 

Pig brains shows signs of life, and hope for treating brain damage
In an unprecedented feat, U.S. scientists have successfully restored cellular activity in pig brains four hours after the animals were processed at a slaughterhouse. The breakthrough findings hold particular interest in the search for better ways to treat human brain damage caused by stroke or other injuries that starve brain tissue of oxygen.