Animal Biosciences News
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.
Alternative Learning with Cow Inspired Choruses -Second semester of fourth year is a stressful time for undergraduate students. The typical pressures of midterms and exams are compounded by the need to apply for full time jobs or graduate school, while everyone keeps asking, “What are you doing after graduation?” At times the stress can be palatable.
“In last week’s class you could feel the tension,” explains Prof. Vern Osborne from the Department of Animal and Poultry Science who is currently teaching the Applied Environmental Physiology & Animal Housing course.
Weaning horses does not have to be as stressful as we once thought. In nature the mare adopts a gradual weaning process where in horse breeding practices weaning in typically abrupt. By using a more gradual process of weaning and innovative GPS and telemetry devices, foals weaned gradually were seen to be less stressed by the process. Dr. Katrina Merkies' lab has worked to validate the use of GPS and tri-axial data loggers in conjunction with more traditional fecal steroid analysis, to measure stress response in recently weaned foals.
Congratulations to Dr. John Cant for his news release on the anti-cancer effects of selenium enhanced cow milk. By feeding cows and organic selenium feed additive, produced by yeast, selenium is successfully incorporated into milk casein protein, an integral milk component. This milk based selenium has been shown to have the ability to reduce human breast cancer tumors.
In an international mink behaviour study released by the University of Guelph press yesterday, Dr. Georgia Mason's lab shows how ball and chain toys can be used to increase fertility in mink. Despite the popular feeling of entrapment that most of us get from the visualization of the 'ball and chain' concept, female mink benefit from increased mental well-being and fertility when offered an environmental enrichment device such as a ball or chain as something to play with.
Let's all congratulate Dr. Andy Robinson on his OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award! Recently on AtGuelph Dr. Robinson was featured for his innovative methods of bringing active learning techniques to his students. His award comes after a recent feature on the University's press page AtGuelph. Through a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAF) Dr. Robinson have brought experiential learning to 3rd and 4th year undergraduates during the summer. Congratulations Dr. Robinson!
Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Harlander's laboratory for their debut on UoG's atGuelph news release site. Her lab has been featured on APS News in the past and she is the recipient of an NSERC Discovery Grant last month. The group is working to investigate the development of locomotion in laying hens and looking into causes of and ways to prevent keel bone fractures in laying hens housed in non-caged systems and aviary systems.
Recently the University of Guelph has been the recipient of over $10.5 M from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Counsil for an outstanding range of projects. The Awards were announced June 26th, 2014 by Ed Holder, Minister of science and technology in London, Ontario.
Join me in congratulating Dr. John Walton on his Medal of Merit to be awarded during the convocation ceremonies this Thursday June 12th!
Dr. John Walton began his career in Animal and Poultry Science in 1979 as assistant professor, became associate professor in 1985. He was professor from 1990-2009 when he retired. Since then he has continued to be an asset to the department and its students. With 116 publications mainly focussing on heat detection, synchronization and conception rate problems in dairy cattle.