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  • Sustainability: One challenge, many answers, three approaches

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: Alberta prof proposes systems approach to enhancing grassland biodiversity.

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  • Alternative Proteins: What the meat industry could learn from Impossible Foods

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: It's time for the livestock and poultry industries to be proactive on innovation to secure a stable future for animal proteins, writes the author of the weekly Prime Future newsletter.

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  • Climate Change: Why is no one talking about agriculture as a solution?

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: Agriculture has enormous climate change mitigating capacities that aren't been harnessed - why is that?

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  • Beef: Climate change may decrease pasture quality

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: Researchers are concluding that climate change may result in worsening pasture conditions for grazing cattle.

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  • Ten new beef research projects receive BFO funding support

    Ontario Beef, August 2020: Ten new research projects have just been approved to receive funding from Beef Farmers of Ontario. All projects are at the University of Guelph with the exception of one that is funded at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

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    Advice from the experts – top biosecurity tips for beef farmers

    Ontario Beef, May 2020: In our strange new world of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is now doing what farmers have been doing for years: practicing biosecurity. Agriculture, more than most sectors, has been living biosecurity for decades in an effort to keep livestock healthy and disease-free.

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    Essential oil blends, organic acids viable antimicrobial alternative, study results show

    Ontario Beef, February 2020: Farmers can feed cattle essential oil blends and organic acids without any negative impacts on animal performance or beef quality characteristics. That’s the outcome of a multi-year study in the University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science that looked at the impact of replacing antibiotics and ionophores in cattle diets with feed additives like essential oil blends and benzoic acid.

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  • Research validates value of two-stage weaning

    A recently completed University of Guelph study has re-confirmed previously reported benefits of two-stage weaning of beef calves. Led by Dr. Derek Haley, it was designed to find out what effect, if any, creep feeding calves at weaning has on both their transition and subsequent growth.

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  • Genetics and gut bacteria the biggest influence on feed efficiency, new research shows

    Ontario Beef, October 2019: A University of Guelph beef geneticist has found that the specific bacteria in a beef animal’s gut combined with their own unique genetic profile could influence how efficiently they can absorb nutrients. That’s information that can be used to select more efficient animals, which could ultimately mean lower feed costs and healthier herds.

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