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  • Students measuring meat sampls in the lab

    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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  • Katie Wood at Elora Beef Research Station

    Does how a cow is fed during pregnancy impact the life-long performance of her calf?

    Ontario Beef, August 2019: Work is underway at the University of Guelph to see whether the nutritional treatment of cows during the third trimester of pregnancy has any kind of impact on their calves. Researchers will follow the calves throughout their lives right until processing to assess their health, growth, and other production parameters.

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  • New beef barn under construction at University of Guelph research farm in Elora ON

    Behind the barn doors: What Guelph’s new beef research facilities will offer

    Ontario Beef, May 2019: Construction on the new beef facilities at the University of Guelph’s research farm near Elora is in full swing. They’re part of the institution’s vision to become a leader in beef cattle research in Eastern Canada – and globally – that has also included numerous new staff hires in recent years.

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  • Study finds resistance to de-wormers in Ontario beef cattle

    Ontario Beef, May 2019: Gastrointestinal nematodes, also known as roundworms, are common in beef cattle, mostly spread orally on pasture. In small ruminants like sheep and goats, anthelmintic resistance – resistance to deworming products – is a significant problem, and University of Guelph researchers suspected this might also be a problem in Ontario beef herds.

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  • Identifying genetic markers that influence beef cattle reproduction and fertility

    Ontario Beef, February 2019: Prof. Angela Cánovas of the University of Guelph is leading a research team that has developed new software that has identified areas of the cattle genome that influence reproductive success and failure. This work is now being validated in both beef and dairy herds of various breeds, including collaboration with the American Angus Association.

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