M.Sc. by Thesis Candidate
I completed my undergraduate degree B.Sc. (Honours) in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2017. During this time, I developed much interest in the agricultural industry and now hope for a career in ruminant nutrition. With my passion for livestock animals and production, I was intrigued by some of Dr. Katie Wood's previous research and began my Master's Degree by thesis with her as my advisor in May of 2017.
My project focuses on the use of fibrolytic enzyme and yeast feed additives, and their effects on overall digestibility, animal performance and health in beef cattle. It is founded that fibrolytic feed enzyme additives, derived from bacteria or fungal origin, increase the forage portion of the diet digestibility by breaking down the cell wall of the forage. I will be looking at how it does this mechanistically by looking at the total tract digestibility changes with the supplementation of this additive to the feed. The other portion of my study will be looking at yeast as an additive that has been typically used as a prebiotic to help gut microbiota. In this study, I hope to see a reduction in late finishing acidosis that has been recently reviewed as the time of highest risk for ruminal acidosis. As well, I will be assessing at gut health regarding immune and gut barrier function associated with the supplementation of yeast as this has not yet been studied. I aim to discover the potential of these additives for improving the diets offered by beef producers to increase profitability. This information could potentially reduce the use of current technologies such as hormone implants and antimicrobials in the interests of society, as well as human health and animal production industries.