Ben Willing manipulates diet and the microbial populations that make up the gut microbiota to see how these can improve human health and animal productivity. Read more.
Conference reports: Banff Pork Seminar and PAG
The Banff Pork Seminar brings together pork industry people from North America and around the world. The top stories of the day from the 2016 edition are highlighted in a special Inside BPS. We draw your attention to a few key articles:
Gentec associate Mike Dyke on genomics a it relates to pig health. This was part of a session on Swine Health and Genomics sponsored by PigGen. More on that in our next Industry newsletter;
Conference video: Feed efficiency vs. methane production in dairy cows
The Canadian dairy industry is one of the best examples of how genomics can transform animal production, health, fertility, and longevity. The impact of these is estimated to deliver an incremental $210 million/yr in benefits to industry.
However, new challenges--such as an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of dairy production, and feed costs now accounting for more than 50% of incurred expenses in dairy operations-- continue to confront the industry.
Gentec is pleased to collaborate with the Canadian Dairy Network’s and Genome Canada project lead, Dr. Filippo Miglior on the $10.3 million project aimed at “Increasing Feed Efficiency and Reducing Methane Emissions Through Genomics.” In this short segment, Miglior outlines the aim and approach of this important project as presented at Gentec’s 2015 conference. The UofA lead is Paul Stothard; and the project includes important contributions from Ellen Goddard and Zhiquan Wang and their colleagues at Gentec.
Heads up: Looking for conference speakers
Following the success of our two Cattlemen's Young Leaders speakers at our 2015 conference (find Crane's presentation on RFI here and Homerosky's on vigour in newborn calves here), we've decided to make this a standing feature for future events.
For the 32nd year, the University of Alberta hosted a week-long event focusing on global issues that define our era. Read about Gentec's contibution to this year's theme--the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Genome Alberta picked it as one of its top three genomics stories of 2015. You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out what the others are. Gentec-associated scientists David Wishart and Ellen Goddard provide their insight.
It's about to "go live". See story on gene-edited pigs resistant to PRRS here; Gentec collaborator Bob Rowland at Kansas State Univ and Gentec partner Genus/PIC are involved).
Genome Biology has just published a special issue on the subject. Find it here.