June 2019

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21st Century Solutions for Canada’s Dairy Industry

Lactanet, a partnership of Canadian Dairy Network with the milk-recording sector across Canada was launched on June 3. Find out what you need to know here.
“Lactanet will become the premier source of information and innovative solutions for dairy producers and industry partners.”
Barbara Paquet, Board chair

Reducing pig disease through genomics

Until recently, researchers thought pig genetics had very little to do with individual pig health. Now, their thinking has evolved to believe that each animal responds differently to disease, just like individual humans do.

Since disease represents one of the largest causes of lost revenue, producers are looking to research projects (like this one at UAlberta funded by Genome Canada) to find out how to reduce the incidence of disease by managing the genomics of health. See Gentec CEO Graham Plastow's comments on this line of enquiry here.

Bye-bye, ag labour. Hello, robotics

Like every other sector of the economy (think Amazon), agriculture is seeing the benefits of robotics over human labour in terms of productivity, chemical use and cost-effectiveness among other things.

This report predicts that the sector will buy 87.9 BILLION drones, driverless tractors, material management robots, soil management robots and dairy management robots by 2025. A summary of the report and an associated video are available here.

Merck Animal Health supports the livestock industry at USask

Merck Animal Health has just announced an investment of $250,000 over 10 years starting this year to USaskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence. The Centre focuses on  research, teaching and extension for cow-calf production, beef cattle production, forage production, grazing and pasture management. More details here.

Side events to CBIC in Calgary

Bov-Innovation will take place on August 14 as part of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (see Events below). Bov-Innovation features two producer-focused sessions designed to highlight practical ideas that are rooted in research. Speakers will share their perspectives and provide tips that beef producers can implement immediately. This year's sessions are Alternatives to Antimicrobials and Dealing with Drought, which fit well with the CBIC conference theme: “Securing our Future.”

As well, Gentec, Genome Alberta, UCalgary Faculty of Vet Medicine and CBIC are the organizing committee for the Canadian Beef Breeds Council--Technical Forum, which will be held take place at BMO Centre Stampede Park on August 13 at 1pm as a “pre-CBIC event.”  The program will include John Basarab (AAF and Gentec) talking about the future of beef genomics and other Gentec partners, including Troy Drake (HerdTrax), John Crowley (AbacusBio) and Jeff Fitzpatrick-Stillwell (McDonald’s).


July 7-12. International Society for Animal Genetics Conference. Lleida, Spain
July 8-11. ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Austin, USA
July 16. Annual Southern Alberta Grazing School for Women. Milk River, AB
July 16. NCBA Cattlemen's Webinar Series - Data Driven Value. WEBINAR
July 18-18. Ag in Motion. Saskatoon, SK
July 22 or 22-23. Grazing School with Dr. Allen Williams. Grimshaw, AB
August 8. Saskatchewan Pasture Tour 2019. Saskatoon, SK
August 13-15. Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Calgary, AB.
August 13-14. AgSmart. Olds, AB
August 14. Bov-Innovation (part of CBIC above). Calgary, AB
August 16. In the Field Soil Health School. Battle River, AB.

The lighter side: Nut-milking

This short video appeared during the debate on labelling plant-based beverages like almond and soy milk in the US. The Food and Drug Administration said it would look into enforcing milk labelling. Parody though the video may be, its overall message is just as relevant in Canada.
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