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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

Category : Uncategorized

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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Searching for Antibiotic Replacements in Cattle Rations

Category : Beef

As part of an increasing focus in reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock farming, University of Guelph food scientist Professor Ben Bohrer is researching oil blends and organic acids as additives which could be used as an alternative to antibiotic in cattle diets.

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LRIC Update: The Poultry Health Research Network

Category : Poultry

The University of Guelph poultry researcher and pathobiology department chair, professor Shayan Sharif, has created the Poultry Health Research Network in order to promote research for the benefit of the poultry industry. The goal of this network is to find and identify key issues which affect the poultry sector as a whole and form research teams to help find solutions.

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Insect Protein for Poultry Rations

Category : Poultry

There’s a new poultry ration ingredient available on the Canadian market. Insect meal from defatted black soldier fly larvae is high in protein and low in fat, making it a potentially attractive alternative to soy in poultry diets.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Ontario Sheep Farmers AGM and Conference

    October 24 - October 25
  2. Poultry Industry Council AGM

    October 24 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. London Swine Conference

    March 31, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - April 1, 2020 @ 4:00 PM