The poultry industry is harnessing the skills of University of Guelph computer scientists and their artificial intelligence expertise to get a better idea of when and where avian influenza might next emerge.
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.
A newly developed scale to measure facial expressions – specifically grimaces – by piglets can help producers assess whether the animals are feeling pain.
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.
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?
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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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.