Current Research at the Ontario Sheep Research Centre

The following is a list of current projects at the Current Research at the Ontario Sheep Research Centre.

These research summaries are a new initiative started in 2020 committed to increasing awareness of the projects being undertaken at the Research Centres. This is not an exhaustive list, but a snapshot of ongoing projects. Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property. 

Research Centres are a key part of the research process. While a portion of a project may be completed at a research centre, further analysis can occur after projects have left the facility. The projects listed here are those that are currently underway of have recently completed the research centre portion of the project. 

If you have any questions about ongoing research at the research station please email researchstation.info@uoguelph.ca.

Update regarding COVID-19

The Alliance is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff, animals, researchers and the community. We are following guidance set out by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research with respect to biosecurity and research activities during COVID-19. Please keep in mind the status of projects may change as the response to this pandemic evolves.

Current research studies

Research summary
Objective To observe the effects of an anti-parasitic drug on individual Eimeria species throughout the production cycle of young lambs and determine if the prevalence of Eimeria differs during stressful events, such as weaning. 
Benefit to Agri-food Eimeria refers to a group of parasites that infect the intestines of small ruminants such as sheep. Research on the effects of the anti-parasitic used to treat and control Eimeria has been limited, despite anecdotal reports of possible drug resistance. This research will provide producers with a better understanding of how to approach Eimeria infection by investigating the effects of the anti-parasitic drug and observing how stressful events, such as weaning, influence its prevalence.
Research summary
Objective To develop an immune-based stress model to identify stress phenotypes of dairy calves, determine their heritability and identify genetic markers associated with stress response.
Benefit to Agri-food Identifying stress-associated genetic markers will help mitigate biological stressors and provide an alternative to antimicrobial treatment. It could allow for the development of breeding programs that would improve animal health and reproduction.