• 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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  • Pigs in loose housing with enrichment

    Producers know their best management practices, but need to boost consistent implementation

    Ontario Hog Farmer, July/August 2019: In Canada, hog farmers have a fairly high understanding of what the best management practices (BMPs) are in each area of their barn. The challenge is consistent, daily use of those BMPs.

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  • Former ARIO Chair sees positive path forward for Ontario livestock research

    Ontario Farmer, May 21, 2019: A lot of change happened during Stewart Cressman’s 13 years on the board of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO). But as he reflects back on the organization he chaired for eight years, he’s confident ARIO – and livestock research in Ontario – are on the right path forward.

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  • Shining the light for safety and quality

    Canadian Poultry, May 2019: A Waterloo, Ontario-based company is using a combination of physics, chemistry and artificial intelligence to gain a better understanding of poultry meat and help boost food safety in processing facilities. And those are only two of potentially multiple applications for hyperspectral imaging in the poultry industry.

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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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  • Interior of a clean livestock trailer with saw dust

    Two things producers can do to boost transport biosecurity

    Ontario Hog Farmer, May/June 2019: There are two big things farmers can do to help livestock transporters do their jobs better – while improving their own farm biosecurity to boot. At the same time, it could also help make livestock transportation a more attractive career choice; it’s a sector that is anticipating a big driver shortage in the coming years, according to Tyler Jutzi of Brussels Transport.

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  • The global shift: Using machine learning in the search for antimicrobial alternatives in pork production

    Ontario Hog Farmer, April 2019: At the University of Guelph, researchers are looking at antimicrobial peptides as a way to control salmonella infection in pigs – in fact, they’re searching for peptides they can use to design totally new peptides that will be both effective and safe.

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  • Alexandra Harlander holding a bird

    UG researcher studies laying hens, their manure and how it affects their welfare

    Canadian Poultry, February 2020: Ammonia is one of the biggest air quality challenges in poultry barns. Prof. Alexandra Harlander teamed up with Prof. Bill van Heyst of the University of Guelph’s School of Engineering on a project to determine the impact on laying hen behaviour of fresh vs air contaminated with ammonia.

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