M.Sc. by thesis
As a recent graduate from the animal biology program at the University of Guelph I have a passion for science pertaining to animals. During my undergraduate education, I was highly involved in extracurricular activities such as the animal welfare judging team and the poultry club. Aside from animal related activities I was also a student athlete representing our university internationally as a gryphon cheerleader. Since graduating from undergrad I have recently explored my passion for animal nutrition by pursuing a master’s degree in beef cattle nutrition under the direction of Professor Wood. My project pertains to protein levels fed to beef cattle. The study I will complete will utilize a confinement feeding strategy to assess the effects of different protein levels and methionine supplementation on the cows’ performance. Methionine has been found to improve nitrogen retention in late pregnancy, and may be the first limiting amino acid during this phase of pregnancy for beef cows. The beef cattle industry could benefit if it can be proven that target feeding methionine in addition to a low protein diet satisfies protein requirements. It could benefit by sparing the expense of additional crude protein and the environmental impact of nitrogen produced by the animal via feces and urine. After completion of this project I intend on continuing research in the field of ruminant nutrition.