A black and white image of bare fields compared with a colour photo of green forests

A 50-year-old living laboratory

In 1970, the first tree, an ironwood, was planted in the newly established University of Guelph Arboretum.

Today the 400-acre site is almost unrecognizable from its beginnings as farm fields anchored by woodlots planted in the early days of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC).

Establishing an arboretum had been a dream of many OAC professors, dating back to 1939 when Prof. Leslie Hancock proposed a plan for a small arboretum near Watson Hall at the north east edge of campus.

Two Andean women harvest potatoes

Research with international impact

Latin America is biodiverse, with prosperous agricultural industries. The region is a world leader in food production and exportation. But local populations, including Indigenous peoples and rural communities, face significant food security problems.

Prof. Silvia Sarapura, two-time OAC alumna (M.Sc. Capacity Development and Extension ’08 and PhD Rural Studies ’13), supports these vulnerable populations through her research and knowledge extension.

Jethro the horse nibbles at Thomasina's hands

Can you tame the wild?

$25 doesn’t get you a lot these days. But it got Thomasina Orr a wild mustang.

In 2019, Thomasina had settled into a job she loved, working for Pfera Inc., a tech company that provides software for horse breeders. She had graduated from the equine management major in 2016 of the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management degree. 

“I was doing less travelling and felt more stable and good in my career, so I wanted a project, one where I could see the rewards,” she says.

Her job was a perfect fit, but Thomasina could find herself falling into a rut.

Big Mike performing in a dress with a globe on in

Climate change is a drag

“She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire… Oh, we got our feet on the ground… And we’re burning it down... This girl is on fire.” These are lyrics from a popular 2012 Alicia Keys song, but they’re also a clever analogy used by Big Mike to represent the current state of the planet for their 2020 Science is a Drag lip sync performance.

Leah with her Goldendoodle

Removing the legacy lens to see innovation

The pet food aisle can be an overwhelming experience for pet owners. Scanning labels, you can make decisions based on health benefits, sourcing practices, cost, ingredients, breed and more.

Behind each pet food formulation, there is a team of scientists providing you (and your pets) these options. And more than likely, one of those scientists is an OAC grad.

Greg and Cheryl Haskett with Udderly Ridiculous ice cream containers and Canadian Grand Prix award badge

Milking a "Ridiculous" idea

Goats are barnyard animals known for their playful nature and comical attitudes. In North America, they are a favourite at petting zoos, star in funny YouTube videos and are farmed for both meat and dairy. Dairy goats provide products like milk, cheese – and even ice cream. The idea of goat’s milk ice cream may seem ridiculous to some, but what started off as an “udderly” ridiculous idea has turned into a successful food business. Udderly Ridiculous is a gourmet goat milk ice cream company owned and operated by OAC ’92A alumnus

A face mask on a wooden post with a horse in the background.

The silver lining of COVID-19 for horse communities. 5th Equine Industry Symposium Recap.

Over the course of the last nine months, COVID-19 has proved to be challenging for everyone. People in the equine industry have faced significant hardship, isolation and financial impacts. These unforeseen circumstances provided an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to come together and discuss how to best support each other during these unprecedented times.

Food Science Students Fired Up Over New Campus-Grown Hot Sauce

With the winter chill settling in, University of Guelph food science students are getting set to offer for sale a spicy organic hot sauce that they grew, perfected and bottled on campus. The sauce results from a nearly year-long volunteer project designed to give students the chance to bring to market a fully student-created food product. A blend of jalapenos, habaneros and other spicy peppers, the new hot sauce has been dubbed Cannon Fire, a name that offers a nod to a beloved U of G landmark: the naval gun on campus known as Old Jeremiah.

CRC in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare Renewed

Dr. Trevor DeVries' Tier 2 prestigious Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare was recently renewed. He has held this role since 2015. By understanding the behaviour of dairy cattle, he aims to recommend optimal feeding, housing and management strategies. Those recommendations are intended to improve animal welfare, enhance production and ensure quality milk products for consumers. He will receive $100,000 a year for five years.

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