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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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  • 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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