Updates From the World of Livestock & Poultry Research


New Food Safety Professorship at Guelph
Prof. Lawrence Goodridge is taking up the new Leung Family Professorship in Food Safety at the University of Guelph's Department of Food Science. Goodridge is a three-time Guelph grad, and comes to the new role from McGill University. The new professorship is designed to improve food safety in Canada and abroad.

Aherne Prize Recognizes Innovative Pork Producers
Two pork producer families were awarded the F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production at the 2019 Banff Pork Seminar. Daniel and Justin Maendel of Manitoba were recognized for the tool they developed to automate hog tattooing (Tattoo Master). Brett, Jamie and Carl Israel of Ontario won for the piglet creep protection device they designed for loose housing farrowing.

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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

The Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) 
Call for letters of intent now open, and researchers are invited to apply.
The deadline for submitting completed LOI's is February 1, 2019.

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. To fill in the application form, or to view the application guidelines and a list of EFC's research priorities, visit EFC's website: 

Bioenterprise Ontario Seed Funding Program 
Call for letters of intent is now open.  The program provides non-repayable seed financing, coaching, and mentorship to assist start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, sustainable and environmental technologies to grow through generation of revenue and attraction of follow-on private investment.
Deadline : February 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Coming events
Feb 6, 2019:   Poultry Industry Council Producer Updates, Jordan, ON,

Feb 12 - 14, 2019: International Production and Processing Expo, Atlanta, GA,

Feb 19 - 22, 2019:  17th International Exhibition of Equipment & Technologies for Livestock Farming, Dairy and Meat Production, Moscow, Russia,

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, 

Mar 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, 

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

Apr 3 - 4, 2019: Canadian Dairy XPO, 
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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Alternative protein: More research needed on mass insect protein production
Swedish researchers are raising caution on the need for more research to study the environmental impact of mass insect production as an alternative protein. They warn about the overwhelming lack of knowledge on a range of factors including the impact of escaping insects on the ecosystem.

Poultry: Assessing what makes chickens happy
Researchers at the University of Guelph are putting 16 breeds of birds through physical fitness and behavioural tests to study their mental state and examine if they can enjoy their lives. Researchers are looking at activities that include scrambling over a barrier for food, skittishness and the ability to "play" with a fake worm.

Poultry: The dawn of biodegradable antibiotics
A team of German scientists have developed a variant of the popular antibiotic ciprofloxacin that breaks down in the target animal and is eventually excreted as inactive metabolites. Ciprofloxacin is widely used in livestock, frequently detected in the environment and may contribute to antimicrobial resistance

Poultry: Assessing beak treatments in young pullets
Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan evaluated three different beak treatments for the impact on the bird health and wellbeing of young pullets. They found that beak treatment did not impact production, pecking force and behaviour of young pullets, compared to birds whose beaks were not trimmed.

Swine: Tail posture early detector of tail biting
Tail posture shows promise as an indicator of tail biting in finishing pigs, according to a recent study. A tucked tail appears to indicate tail damage, finding 28% of the pigs with a tucked tail had a tail wound, compared to only 5% of pigs with a different tail posture.

Swine: The risks of antibiotic-free production
A new U.S. study confirms that antibiotic-free production leaves pigs at considerable risk of disease exposure. The study compared 2,200 pigs in three different groups. Two of the groups received varying levels of antibiotics. One group received no antibiotics. All the animals were then inoculated with the PRRS virus and performance, welfare and economics were measured.

Swine: Transgenic pig created with Classical Swine Fever (CSF) resistance
Chinese researchers have created a transgenic pig that's resistant to CSF - also known in the U.S. as hog cholera. Their work demonstrates that combining RNAi technology and CRISPR/Cas9 technology offers the possibility of producing a transgenic animal with improved resistance to viral infection.
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Beef: Research identifies sources of transport stress
The longer cattle spend in transit, the more likely they'll lose body tissue fluid, and experience lameness or even death. Research by Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein found a direct correlation between temperature, time on the truck and shrink; at 30 hours in-transit, animals have lost all their fill and water and begin losing tissue. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expected to release new livestock transportation rules this winter.

Dairy: Personality predicts calves' ability to handle stress
A recent study at the University of British Columbia found dairy calves have distinct personalities at a very young age. After testing calves for pessimism, fearfulness and sociability at 25 and 50 days of age, the researched have now examined the calves at four months of age to find out why some animals fail to cope under standard management practices.

Dairy: Replacing soybean meal with microalgae
Finnish researchers have shown that replacing soybean meal in dairy diets with microalgae delivers similar results for milk yield and feed intake. While production costs for microalgae are still high, it can 
be cultivated on marginal or non-arable land and 
offers an interesting protein source for livestock.

Dairy: Better Transport 
Transporting livestock has received more attention over the last few years as an important way to provide better animal welfare.   Canadian system involving real-time feedback from trailer sensors to launch next year 

Veal: Cold weather feeding tips for newborn calves
Calves are more susceptible to cold stress than other animals due largely to their low fat reserves. There are three main ways to ensure calves meet their nutritional demands in cold weather - increasing the volume fed per day, concentration of milk and fat content.

Aquaculture: Towards a more sustainable sector
Aquaculture is a fast-growing food-producing sector that is one part of the global solution to feed the growing world population. With approximately 45% of fish consumption from farmed fish, there is a growing need for new, sustainable feed ingredients for the aquaculture sector.
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Whatever next?!? A look at the weird and wacky

Print me up a synthetic steak
An Italian researcher has developed a way to print meat using vegetable proteins and a 3D printer. The synthetic, 3D-printed meat can mimic the fibrous texture of beef and chicken.