May 2022

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Our favourite Gentec highlights

Gene editing series: What you haven't thought to ask yet

We started to look at gene editing and livestock in our April 2022 edition with a question from Kajal Devani: “In view of supply chain issues, labour shortages, food shortages, war and climate change… Are these products coming to market too soon or not soon enough? "

In this edition, we continue with two articles:
  • Myths and Misconceptions. What will milk look like in the grocery store of the future? One vision says we’ll be seeing gene-edited milk on the shelves. We’re already seeing plenty of plant-based milk alternatives so what will be different for GE milk? Will improving animal welfare help? Read more here.
  • We can do it... but should we? Is gene editing just science for the sake of science? Gentec CEO Graham Plastow weighs in. Read more here.

At the Grill with William Torres: Meat labelling

This month’s At The Grill feature by William Torres (former Research Manager at Cattleland Feedyards and popular presenter at Gentec conferences) focuses on labelling meat that has been raised different ways. Read more here.

The evolving world of livestock product labelling

Gentec collaborator Ellen Goddard takes a look at labelling and how livestock genomics fits into some of the new developments. The animal’s genetic fingerprint can be verified along the chain. Read more here.

Evaluating environmental benefits of pastures and forage land

Led by Angela Bedard-Haughn at USask and Gentec collaborator Cameron Carlyle at UAlberta, a $3.2 million project will examine carbon sequestration in perennial forages and pastures. Read more here.

How much do cows contribute to Amazon deforestation?

Join Gentec collaborators Tim McAllister and Kim Stanford as they discuss the role cattle play in deforestation of the Amazon with Raoni Rajao of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Are cattle the ones driving the bus or the idiots holding the smoking gun after the crime? Listen to the podcast here.

Our favourite beeftech highlights


June 1-4. Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium. Las Cruces, NM **
June 5-7. Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Conference. Assiniboia, SK **
June 7-8. Annual Canadian Summit on Food Safety. Toronto, ON
June 8-10. World Pork Expo, Des Moines, Iowa
June 9. Grey Wooded Forage Association AGM. Red Deer, AB
June 9. Canadian Angus Association conference. Moncton, NB
June 13. Canadian Meat Council conference. Ottawa, ON
June 14-15. Alberta Beef Industry conference. Red Deer. AB **
June 15. International Conference on Livestock Genetics and Breeding. Toronto, ON
June 21-22. Advancing Women in Agriculture. Calgary, AB
June 21-23. Canada’s Farm Show. Regina, SK
June 21-24. IPVS2022, Rio de Janeiro
June 23-24. Stockmanship clinic. Silver Valley and Valleyview
June 26-30. ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Oklahoma City, USA
June 28. Pasture rejuvenation field day. Teepee Creek (more info soon)

July 3-8. World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 5-6. Alberta Range Stewardship Course. Spring Coulee, AB
July 8-17. The Cattle Trail. Calgary, AB
July 13-14. Southern Alberta Grazing School for Women. Oyen, AB (more info soon)
July 18-20. Regenerative Farming & Ranching  Redwood Falls, MN
July 19 Inter'l Conference on Livestock and Animal Welfare Toronto, ON
July 19-21. Ag in Motion. Langham, SK
July 20. Kinsella Field Day. Kinsella, AB ** (more info soon)

**Gentec booth on site. Come visit!
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