September 2022

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Our favourite Gentec stories

Gentec helps solve sex mystery

Why would cow DNA samples register as bull samples under DNA testing? Producers know what they’re looking at, and genomics doesn’t lie. Find out more here.

At the Grill with William Torres: A royal love for cattle

This month’s At The Grill feature by William Torres (former Research Manager at Cattleland Feedyards and popular presenter at Gentec conferences) reminds us of Queen Elizabeth II’s passion for agriculture. Read more here.

The value of genetics: selecting for resilience to disease (BRD)

Gentec CEO Graham Plastow talks about the long under-estimated value of reducing animal disease by selecting against genetic susceptibility or increasing resilience, a new BRD initiative is the subject of a Gentec project funded by RDAR. Read more here.

Get involved: Participate in a research project

Gentec partner, the Alberta Agrisystems Living Lab, is looking for beef, forage and cropping producers interested in partnering with researchers to implement or adapt certain management practices on their operations and measure productivity, profitability and sustainability impacts.

Participants will receive: personalized cost of production report; technical information such as soil mapping, forage yields, crop rotation recommendations; and compensation annually for providing their time and expertise for surveys, workshops, and interviews. The results will help direct government policy makers and help to demonstrate the value of the work producers do every day. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Click on your desired session (below) by October 6.

Lethbridge Registration | Winfield Registration
Grande Prairie Registration | Virtual Zoom Registration

The value of Gentec... "In their words"

In our September 2022 newsletter, Cherie Copithorne-Barnes summarized why she elected to participate as a member of Gentec’s Management Advisory Board, and how it was the logical next step based on her work with the CRSB in a short video.
Tthis month's edition of In Their Words is a double feature with Gentec MAB member Sean McGrath and Gentec International Industry and Scientific Advisory Board member Tim Nelson, a serial entrepreneur in the agriculture space with experience in technology development and application in Canada and internationally.  They both describe how and why Gentec is a good investment of their time, and benefits industry.  Viewing time 2:09 mins.

Invisible fence for cows

If you just LOVE the freedom that invisible fence gives you and your dog, imagine what it can do for your cows. Read more here about Gentec researcher Carolyn Fitzsimmons' work on this.

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics at ULethbridge

The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics at the ULethbridge is accepting applications for Spring/Summer 2023. This is a 6-month, course-based program delivered in the evening or in flexible formats and includes a significant component of hands-on work. Participants may complete the program in person or by remote synchronous attendance. For more information, see here and here.

"Inexpensive whole-genome sequences and new phenotyping technologies give us a wealth of information to improve livestock breeding and management," says Gentec biostatistician Paul Stothard. "However an important challenge is finding the students and staff with the skills to manage and analyze the huge data sets. I recommend the program to the students taking my graduate-level bioinformatics course at UAlberta as a valuable opportunity to delve further into the relevant theories, methods and tools of bioinformatics.

John Basarab, Gentec's Director of Beef Operations, wins GOLD at the Canada 55+ Games in Kamloops BC, August 2022

Alberta, skipped by Lyle Lorenz, wins gold in an extra end over Voinorosky of Saskatchewan. Alberta defeated Nova Scotia in the semi-final 7 to 1.

Left to right: Lead Gwen Farnsworth, Second John Basarab, Third Wendy Long & Skip Lyle Lorenz

Our favourite agtech stories


October 3. Canadian Agricultural Safety Association conference. Winnipeg, MB
October 4. Prescribed Fire Workshop. Tongue Creek Ranch, AB
October 4, 11, 18. Beef Fall Webinar Series (Saskatchewan Agriculture)
October 2-7. World Dairy Expo. Madison, WI, USA
October 3. Canadian Agricultural Safety Association conference. Hamilton, ON
October 5-6. Alberta Livestock Expo. Lethbridge, AB
October 6-7. Canadian Meat Council Technical Symposium. Toronto, ON
October 11-13. 4th Animal Gut Health & Nutrition Summit 2022. Raleigh, NC, USA
October 12-13. Animal AgTech Innovation Summit. Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 13. Joint Symposium on Infectious Disease Management. Calgary, AB
October 19. BCRC Webiner. Hitting the Bullseye with Targeted Feeding – Feeding for Performance
October 19. Red Deer Swine Technology Workshop. Cambridge, AB
October 20. 2022 Agriculture Enlightened conference. Winnipeg, MN
October 20-21. Western Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians Conference. Saskatoon, SK
October 20-22. Leman China Swine Conference and World Swine Industry Expo, China
October 25. Agriverse, with RDAR. Edmonton, AB
October 26. Manitoba Ag Ex. Brandon, MB
November 1-2. Cattle Drone School, Claresholm, AB
November 1-17. North American International Livestock Exposition. Louisville, KY, USA
November 3-4. Cattle Drone School, | Spruce View, AB
November 9-11. Agri-Trade Equipment Expo. Red Deer, AB
November 9-12. FarmFair International. Edmonton, AB
November 14-15. MFGA 2022 Regenerative Agriculture Conference. Brandon, MB
November 15-16. Transboundary Grasslands Workshop. Medicine Hat, AB
November 18. Farm Transition Planning. Peace River, AB
November 22-24. Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx) 2022. Canmore, AB
November 23. BCRC Webinar. Making the Most of Low-Quality Forage
November 28. Canadian Western Agribition. Regina, SK
November 29-December 1. GrowCanada Conference. Ottawa, ON
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