November 2022

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Our favourite Gentec stories

At the Grill with William Torres: Are you preparing your genes for calving season?

This month’s At The Grill feature by William Torres (former Research Manager at Cattleland Feedyards and popular presenter at Gentec conferences) talks about why feeding the dam now helps the calf later. Read more here.

Friends with Benefits: Grey Wooded Forage Association

Gentec is excited to announce a reciprocating, collaborative MOU with the Grey Wooded Forage Association that will bring genomics research on forage and beef cattle together to benefit both sectors in Alberta. Read more here.

AbacusBio strategy to lead Gentec to sustainability

Former Gentecer John Crowley is back in Canada, and working at AbacusBio on Gentec’s five-year strategic plan. There’s change in the works. Read more here.

Gleise da Silva, 2022 CCA Young Leader and Gentec collaborator

In 2021, UAlberta announced Gleise da Silva as the inaugural BCRC-Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems. Find out what here what she has been doing.

Food for the Future:  Cost, Climate, and Creating Security

The Chancellor's Forum is an initiative of the UAlberta Senate that invites the public to campus to engage with a timely topic. On November 9, UAlberta hosted the 2022 edition: the Chancellor's Forum on Food for the Future, where climate change, cost, and security were discussed in detail. Read more here.

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

This month, we profile Gentec Industry and Scientific Advisory Board member, Mike Lohuis.
Mike approaches Gentec from the industry perspective provided him as VP Research and Innovation of the Semex Alliance.  Semex is a breeder-based Canadian company that accounts for ~80% of dairy cattle semen in Canada and a substantial share of the beef market. Semex is one of the world's largest exporters of genetics--to more than 80 countries.  
At Gentec, we view our success largely based upon longstanding industry collaborations--in the case of Semex, one that predates Gentec itself, having started with a collaboration on applying the first “high density” SNP panel co-developed at UAlberta in 2007. This developed into what is now called an NSERC Alliance project supporting industry/academic collaboration.

Here, Mike discusses the value of the bridging function provided by Gentec in moving technology into the hands of producers. One of the most exciting recent opportunities to emerge as a result of the ability to select “sexed” semen has been determining how to obtain the maximum, most sustainable benefits possible through beef-on-dairy beef production.
This is where Semex saw the benefit of collaborating with Gentec: to capitalize on the data, expertise and development of selection indexes needed to investigate and improve beef-on-dairy crosses in terms of how the animals perform relating to health, on pasture, and in the feedlot.  
“These are all questions we need to answer. Gentec is one of the organizations that can help us get those answers”.

Donald Nkrumah Joins FFAR Board of Directors

Another former Gentecer in the news... The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is honoured to announce that Dr. Donald Nkrumah, vice president of global genetics and precision animal health at Zoetis, Inc., is joining the FFAR Board of Directors. Donald completed his PhD at Gentec under the supervision of former Gentec CEO Steve Moore.
Application of data and analytics through precision agriculture is revolutionizing how farmers use advanced insights to attain optimal productivity and profitability growth whilst significantly minimizing their environmental footprint,” he says.

PODCAST: Grass-fed Beef

Join Gentec-associated scientist Tim McAllister and Kim Stanford as they talk with Sarah Klopatek of UC Davis, and learn all the chewy bits of her comprehensive study on grass-fed beef economics, meat quality, and environmental impacts. Listen here.

Vet med prof wins prestigious cattle health award

We're delighted that one of our collaborators, UCalgary researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, has been recognized with the 2022 Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award for her pioneering research on bovine welfare. Congratulations, Karen! Read more here.

Our favourite agtech stories



December 6. Cattle Nutrition, Conditioning and Genomics Workshop. Spruce Grove, AB
December 13-15. Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing. Edmonton, AB
December 14. Prairie Livestock Expo. Winnipeg, MB
December 14-15. Foraging into the Future. Swift Current, SK
December 16. Growing Profit From The Ground Up. Flat Lake, AB
January 4-5. Ontario Agricultural Conference. Several locations
January 10. Feet in the field, eyes on the stars: AN AG RESEARCH SHOWCASE. Edmonton, AB
January 10. Cyber Security: How to Protect Canadian Agriculture from a Growing Challenge. Guelph, ON
January 10-13. Banff Pork Seminar. Banff, AB
January 12-14. Beef Industry Convention. London, ON
January 20. Ladies Livestock Lessons. Cremona, AB
January 21-23. Canadian Bull Congress. Camrose, AB
January 24-26. Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference. Saskatoon, SK
January 25-26. FarmTech 2023. Edmonton, AB
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