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U of G master's student Courtney Higgins shared her pasture research with BFO's Jaclyn Horenberg at the Ontario Beef Research Centre as part of the organization's Rural Ramble on the Road series.
The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance has opened its call for project proposals focused on mobilizing knowledge and engaging partners in agri-food research.
Growing up in Toronto, Sarah Hill didn’t have much exposure to agriculture, but she’s always been fascinated by farming, particularly pigs. Her early love of the industry might have been a sign that she’d find herself doing her PhD in swine research at the University of Guelph.
Led by PhD student Amanda Armstrong and Dr. David Kelton, a professor in the Ontario Veterinary College, the team set out to better understand the relationship between hock and knee injuries and lameness in dairy cattle. They wanted to know what causes these injuries and how they can be resolved.
A University of Guelph study has found that reducing cow milking frequency can help treat ketosis, a common metabolic disorder that occurs within two weeks of delivering a calf.
This research was funded by the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph.
Dr. Todd Duffield, chair of the Department of Population Medicine at U of G, has spent 20 years researching how to manage pain in young dairy calves, thanks in part to long-term funding from the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (Alliance), a collaboration between the Ontario government and the University of Guelph. Much of his work has focused on the practice of disbudding, or the removal of horn buds on young calves.
The professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics within the Ontario Agricultural College brings together economics and human behaviour through projects ranging from farmer incentive programs to agri-food employee retention to vertical farming, Li said her work helps improve decision making by governments, non-governmental organizations and producer groups.
The study began in fall 2020 and was followed by a larger-scale project in 2021, funded in part by the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, that collected nearly 30,000 survey responses from residents in Bruce, Dufferin, Durham, Elgin, Grey, Middlesex and Oxford counties.
The goal of this research is to inform post-COVID rural policy.
Research at the Ontario Dairy Research Centre suggests cows with a naturally higher immune response also have a higher tolerance for increased temperatures, meaning that this research may allow dairy producers to breed cattle that better withstand heat stress. The researchers used Mallard’s High Immune Response (HIR™) technology to determine which cows had high, average or low immune responses.