While vaccines play a critical role in boosting immunity, they are only one-third of the formula for building herd immunity against insults.

Vaccinations must work with biosecurity, monitoring

The use of vaccines can help, but disease can break through when there’s stress to animals

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Stress and the immune system are not friends. That’s why an understanding of major swine stress factors is key during the vaccination process, said Alejandro Ramirez from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Ramirez, along with Chris Chase, professor of veterinary medicine at South Dakota State University, spoke about […] Read more

A majority of women and men in a recent poll believe gender equality in agriculture has changed for the better.

Survey shows more positive view of gender equality in agriculture

More women taking leadership roles in agriculture industry, but some say barriers still exist

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Agriculture continues to make strides as an equal-opportunity employer, according to a human resources expert. A recent survey about the current state of gender roles and equality in agribusiness in Canada and the United States identified barriers that continue to exist to equality and advancement within the industry. Why it matters: Equal […] Read more

Abisola Omoniyi and Ornwipa Thamsuwan from the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan hook an exoskeleton to Ron Swan of Glenside, Sask., who volunteered to test the unit on the farm.

Mechanical exoskeletons may one day reduce effort, injury risks for farmers

Researchers are looking to test the technology on farmers doing their daily tasks

Reading Time: 5 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farming is a real pain in the back. But a bolt-on solution is on the way. Years of prolonged bending, lifting and shovelling contributes to back pain and is typical of many tasks in agriculture. “We know that farmers get very high rates of back injury. Even higher than in some other […] Read more

Kylee Drever examines Mycobacterium smegmatis in the tuberculosis lab at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre in Saskatoon. Officials at the centre are excited about the potential of reverse vaccinology.

Vaccine development becoming faster

The process being used in Canada will help bring vaccines to market quicker

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Reverse vaccinology is a promising method for creating vaccines that in the near future will protect livestock from prevalent and chronic diseases. Differentiating an infected animal from a vaccinated animal has long been a problem and global trade hinges on the safety and biosecurity of a country’s livestock. The new technology allows […] Read more

An obvious case of TTNS in both claws is shown here before toes are nipped.

Research focuses on flooring design as possible disease cause

Toe tip necrosis syndrome often misdiagnosed, and likely more common than had been thought: vet researcher

Reading Time: 4 minutes Toe tip necrosis syndrome (TTNS), a disease that causes lameness in the hind feet of cattle, has been overlooked for years said a veterinary researcher. “I think the disease has always been there and we’ve just misdiagnosed it,” said Murray Jelinski from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. […] Read more