Author Archives: livestoc23

Optimal Stocking Density for Heavy Toms

Category : Poultry

High stocking densities have been found to impact the health, welfare and performance of tom turkeys. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are looking into optimal stocking density, and while an exact number has not yet been determined, results have shown that moderate densities are best for the birds.

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New grimace scale simplifies pain detection in piglets

Category : Pork

A newly developed scale to measure facial expressions – specifically grimaces – by piglets can help producers assess whether the animals are feeling pain.

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Beak treatments in young pullets

Category : Poultry

It’s long been standard industry practice to remove the tip of a bird’s beak in an effort to minimize the severity of cannibalism in poultry flocks. For at least the last decade, many Canadian hatcheries have been primarily using infrared beak treatment. While research has been conducted on the impacts of adult hens, there has been little focus on how it affects young pullets.

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In search of PRRS-resilient pigs

Category : Pork

It’s one of the most economically significant diseases in Canada’s pig industry, causing losses at all production stages, but so far the search for a way to eliminate or minimize the impact of Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) has proven difficult. Could a blood test be a predictor of susceptibility?

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Timing matters when it comes to manure application

Category : Pork

Ontario Hog Farmers are working with other agricultural organizations and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to address spreading manure on frozen or snow covered ground.

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The expectations with precision feeding

Category : Pork

A new Guelph research project that was originally designed by noted swine nutritionist Dr. Kees de Lange including the myths & facts on feed additives, the insight strategy, and more.

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Biogas production for hog farms

Category : Pork

One reason why hog farms aren’t currently active in biogas production is the manure itself and how it is managed.

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Breeding Beef Cattle for Respiratory Disease Resistance

Category : Beef

Identifying cattle with superior immune function would permit breeding of animals with improved disease resistance – an approach that has been successful in dairy cows and is now also being applied to beef cattle.

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New Guelph Beef Researcher Focusing on Feed & Nutrition

Category : Beef

Joining the University of Guelph faculty as an assistant professor focused on beef cattle research was a bit of a dream come true for Katie Wood.

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A Research Barn Cost How Much?

Category : Pork , Uncategorized

There are differences in the reasons and the needs between a commercial barn and a research facility.  Read the article and learn why.

Cost differences between research and commercial barns


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