Animal Health & Welfare Projects

The impact of oral antimicrobial use in calves


Lead Applicant: Michael Steele

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: NA

Research Summary: Exploring how common feeding strategies for calves affect gastrointestinal tract function and development, and how they influence health and antimicrobial resistance.

 

Describing and characterizing neonatal dairy calf mortality in Ontario


Lead Applicant: David Renaud

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: NA

Research Summary: Exploring dairy calf mortality to inform and assist veterinarian diagnoses.

 

Characterization and validation of a potential probiotic with novel desired traits for animal application


Lead Applicant: Julang Li

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: Arkell Swine Research Facility & Ontario Poultry Research Centre at the Arkell Research Station

Research Summary: Characterizing the novel Bascillus subtilis bacteria at the cell and animal levels for potential use in animal feed.

 

Development, implementation and evaluation of a bulk tank milk surveillance program for infectious and emerging diseases on Ontario dairy farms


Lead Applicant: David Kelton

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: NA

Research Summary: Establishing routine testing of bulk tank milk as part of an active surveillance system for common and emerging dairy cow diseases.

 

Pain control using various dosing regimens of meloxicam for band castration of newborn bull calves


Lead Applicant: Jessica Gordon

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: Ontario Beef Research Centre - Elora  

Research Summary: Examining the effects of an oral pain reliever after band castration of newborn bull calves.

 

Ambient Alkaline Hydrolysis: a biosecure swine mortality and processed hide management tool


Lead Applicant: Brandon Gilroyed

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: NA

Research Summary: Investigating ambient alkaline hydrolysis, a process that uses alkaline solutions, for swine mortality management.

 

Investigation of alternative control measures for post-weaning E. coli diarrhea in pigs


Lead Applicant: Robert Friendship

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: Arkell Swine Research Facility

Research Summary: Assessing vaccines, probiotics and proteobiotics as alternative approaches to manage E. coli in post-weaning pigs.

 

Herd level transition cow management and cow level genetic markers for determining ketosis risk in lactating dairy cattle


Lead Applicant: Todd Duffield

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: NA

Research Summary: Investigating genetic markers for prevention and treatment of ketosis, an imbalance of energy use and intake, in dairy cattle.

 

Understanding how bovine respiratory disease risk factors promote development of pneumonia as a strategy to develop novel methods to prevent disease


Lead Applicant: Jeff Caswell

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: Ontario Dairy Research Centre- Elora,  Ontario Beef Research Centre- Elora

Research Summary: Evaluating how risk factors for bovine respiratory disease promote inflammation within the respiratory tract.

 

Airflow patterns and animal welfare in pigs transported at different space allowances in an actively ventilated vehicle in summer and winter


Lead Applicant: Renee Bergeron

Research Priority: Animal Health & Welfare

Program Type: Tier 1

Funding Cycle: 2020/2021

Research Centre: NA

Research Summary: Investigating the interactive effects of space allowance, airflow patterns, and pig welfare on an actively ventilated pig transportation vehicle.