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EU Farm to Fork Reports

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The recently released EU Farm to Fork Policy document is likely to impact the Ontario livestock in years to come.  This impact may be felt directly, through requirements to export, but also more broadly as an influence on consumer expectations here.  For a synposis of the report and a link to the full report click here.


Grid Variation

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Hog Farmers in Canada are paid for their animals based on a marketing grid that includes carcass weight and leanness.  Premiums and deductions are applied based on how precisely pigs meet those specific parameters – and variability can have impacts across the supply chain, starting right on the farm.

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Mitigating disease spread: What could the Livestock and Poultry Industries Learn from Covid-19

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Who would have thought humans could teach the livestock and poultry industries anything about biosecurity and mitigating disease spread? But Covid-19 does have some important lessons for our national and global livestock and poultry sectors when it comes to managing disease spread. Just like the livestock and poultry industries, humankind, it turns out, is just a huge flock of globally networked individuals.

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Effects of biodensity on the growth, stress physiology, and welfare of Arctic charr in freshwater

Category : Aquaculture

Biodensity is a major factor affecting the production and welfare of farmed fishes. During a 91 day study, Artic charr were held at 5 biodensities and examined key growth, stress physiology, and welfare parameters. Growth rates were lower in charr reared at the highest biodensities while feed efficiency was negatively affected at both the highest and lowest biodensities. The results support an optimal biodensity range for charr culture between 60 and 90 kg/m3 to optimize production and welfare.

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Positive Path for Livestock Research

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Former ARIO (Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario) chair Stewart Cressman reflects on the organization he’s chaired for the past 8 years and the positive direction in which research is going. The combination of the evolution of the director selection process, streamlined approaches to encourage more involvement in the industry, and most prominently, infrastructure renewal of research stations have been pushing ARIO and livestock research in Ontario on the right path.

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Dedicated Driver Entrances for Livestock Transport

Category : Pork

Livestock transportation is a sector which is anticipating a big driver shortage in the coming years. Tyler Jutzi, a member of Ontario Livestock Transporters’ Alliance encourages farmers to set up separate driver entrances in the farm to help transporters do their job better, make livestock transport a more attractive career, and improve biosecurity.

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Novel Antimicrobials Alternatives for Swine

Category : Pork

A shift away from the use of antimicrobials in livestock production driven by growing concerns over resistance in animals and humans has started a hunt for alternatives-antimicrobial peptides. Researchers at the University of Guelph are looking at peptides to design completely new, safe, and effective peptides.

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LRIC Update: Hyperspectral Imaging

Category : Poultry

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. The company has developed a Smart Imaging System which uses hyperspectral imaging to analyze the chemical properties and composition of the meat, as well as test for the presence of foreign objects.

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LRIC Update: Study Looks at Laying Hens’ Manure

Category : Poultry

Researchers at the University of Guelph are working on a project to determine the impact on laying hen behaviour of fresh air and air contaminated by ammonia by studying their manure.

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Better Feed Conversion Lowers Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Turkeys

Category : Poultry

Research conducted by Hybrid Turkeys and the University of Guelph has shown that improvements in feed conversion efficiency could have positive impacts on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in turkeys.

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