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January 2020

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Gentec alumnus now at The Roslin Institute

Now a postdoc in Edinburgh, Robert Mukiibi talks about the value Gentec experience brings to his new project (read more here) and about his new paper in Journal of Animal Science (see Kudos).

Conference season!

Like every year, Gentec researchers and students attended the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) conference and the Banff Pork Seminar. And in post-conference tradition, we encourage  students to share their insights for the benefit of the research community.

Kudos

Congratulations, all!

Catch up on your Gentec reading

Check out Gentec's latest publications in BMC Genomics, led by AAFC’s ChangXi Li: The two studies represent the most comprehensive GWAS analyses in beef cattle in terms of high DNA marker density (7.8M SNPs) and larger sample size (>7500 for feed efficiency) in a single study. The genetic architectures will greatly enhance our understanding on genetic controls of major performance traits (feed efficiency and carcass merit) in beef cattle and help us design better genomic prediction strategies to select more efficient cattle with improved meat quality.

Olds receives farmland donation

Olds College has received a donation of 320 acres of farmland for the college’s Smart Farm. The Smart Farm was designed to create a cutting-edge learning environment for students and life-long learners, and to support the agriculture industry through ag technology applied research. Read more here.

New meat-processing centre to address labour shortages

Launched with $1 million in funding from government and industry, Assiniboine Community College's Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins will train students in the meat-processing industry, addressing a workforce shortage in this sector. The certificate program takes 11 months to complete. Read more here.

Events

February 5-7. Targeted Grazing Academy. Swift Current, SK
February 7. Ranching Opportunities. Olds, AB
February 11. 18th Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture. Edmonton, AB
February 11-13. Western Canada Feedlot Management School. Regina, SK
February 12. Grazing Management. WEBINAR
February 13. Ranching Opportunities Conference. Olds, AB
February 13. Assessing winter kill and what you can do about it: forage rejuvenation. WEBINAR
February 25-26. Canadian Forage Seed Conference. Edmonton, AB
February 25-27. 7th Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop and 5th Transboundary Grassland Workshop. Regina, SK
 
March 4-6. Alberta Beef Industry Conference. Red Deer, AB
March 10. AFIN 2020 Forage Industry Update and AGM. Leduc, AB
March 10-13. Western Canadian Dairy Seminar. Red Deer, AB
March 12. Preventing external parasites from bugging your cattle. WEBINAR
March 17-18. World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. San Francisco, USA
March 18-19. Livestock Care Conference. Olds, AB
March 23-24. Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. Calgary, AB
March 31-April 1. London Swine Conference. London, ON

The lighter side: The research cake

First, the three-minute thesis, then dance-your-thesis. Now this. Admittedly, a far more delicious way to showcase research! See other tempting research bites here.
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