• Poultry: Broiler chicks' distress calls a sign of stress?

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: UK scientists believe broiler chicks make distress calls in response to stressors in their environments, like cold, heat, social isolation or food or water restriction.

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  • Swine: "Piglet balconies" boost performance in weaner pigs

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: A recent German vet school trial has found that weaner pigs in pens with an extra platform perform better than those living in pens with a single floor.

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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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  • Dairy: Milk can predict methane emissions in dairy cows

    LRIC newsletter, September 2020: Researchers at Wageningen University have shown that methane emissions of dairy cows can be predicted using milk.

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    Innovation Insights: Time for an Ontario Livestock Manifesto?

    Commentary by Mike McMorris, LRIC CEO, September 2020: Is it time for an Ontario Livestock Manifesto?

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  • Pig pen with air quality sensor

    Getting a grip on swine barn air quality

    Ontario Hog Farmer, August/September 2020: Ventilation issues can contribute to a variety of problems in swine barns, from health challenges in pigs to increased barn fire risk. Typically, barn ventilation and heating rates are controlled by temperature monitoring, but a number of other environmental parameters that aren’t routinely monitored can also have a significant impact on air quality inside a barn.

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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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  • New directors join Livestock Research Innovation Corporation board

    Guelph ON, 27 July 2020: Three experienced livestock industry professionals have joined the Board of the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) as directors. Jean Szkotnicki, Jim White, and Franco Naccarato assumed their new roles at LRIC’s recently held annual general meeting.

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  • Farmer answering questions from a consumer while being videotaped

    Advocacy key to advancing innovation

    Canadian Poultry July/August 2020: Advocacy is something most farm organizations are undertaking in some way, whether with government, consumers, or other stakeholders. It can also be all of the above – or a combination of various target audiences, depending on the issue or the need.

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