Animal Biosciences News
On a freezing cold late afternoon in February, 14 women gathered in a meeting room at the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs office in Woodstock to talk about some weighty issues facing women in the agricultural sector.
The Department of Animal and Poultry Science (APS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Kate Shoveller as an Assistant Professor in Companion Animal Nutrition. Shoveller joined the department on August 4, 2015.
Rob Gordon, dean of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), has been named vice-president, research, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He begins his appointment Nov. 1.
Michelle Hunniford - “Designing alternatives: Assessing how hens perceive nesting spaces in large furnished cages”
Teresa Casey-Trott - “Effect of keel status on general activity patterns of laying hens in large furnished cages”
Hillary Dalton - "Analysis of beak shape in domestic turkeys using landmark-based geometric morphometrics”
Research at the University of Guelph and University of Alberta that will use genomics to improve feed efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has received $10.3 million in support.
The project headed by U of G adjunct professor Filippo Miglior and Alberta professor Paul Stothard was one of 11 nationwide to receive funding earlier this month from Genome Canada’s large-scale applied research project competition “Genomics and Feeding the Future.”
Patrick Birkl - 'Availability of aromatic amino acids in the blood plasma differs between lines of laying hens selected for low mortality or production traits'
Madison Kozak - 'Chick locomotion in a multilayer environment'
Chantal LeBlanc - 'Locomotion skills of chicks over an inclined walkway'
Prof. Christine Baes uses whole genome sequencing to identify genetic variations that promote desirable traits.
For hundreds of years, farmers have been breeding animals for the traits they find most desirable such as faster weight gain or increased milk production. Today, we can use new technology and our growing understanding of genetics to identify the actual genes that promote these traits.
Georgia Mason received the Medal for Outstanding Contributions from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), an independent scientific and educational animal welfare charity.
The award recognizes exceptional achievements and contributions to the advancement of animal welfare.
Mason, a professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, is the second U of G professor to win the honour. Retired professor Ian Duncan, a pioneer in the field of animal welfare, received the inaugural award in 2011.