Wild boar are especially concerning because of their disease transmission potential.

Wild boar groups small so far in Ontario

There is concern about growing numbers of feral hogs due to their potential role in African swine fever transmission

Reported sightings of large groups of wild pigs – known as “sounders” – in Ontario are still limited to one or two instances in the Parry Sound/Magnetawan district, although there are reported sightings across much of the rest of the province.. Government and non-governmental scientists tracking the animals’ movements believe Ontario still has the opportunity […] Read more

Jack Gray and Rachel Parkinson study locusts in their lab at the University of Saskatchewan.

Canadian neonic, metabolite research shows insecticide effect on insect navigation

Locusts in wind tunnels exposed to neonics lost their ability to move themselves where they wanted

Drunk drivers are more likely to get in an accident because the alcohol in their blood impairs vision and delays reaction time. University of Saskatchewan biologists have identified a comparable phenomenon in locusts, when the insects are exposed to a small dose of insecticide. Why it matters: Farmers require a wide range of pesticides to […] 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

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

Martin Mau, a senior researcher at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security, examines mature boechera plants that are setting seeds in one of the institute’s climate chambers.

Game-changing breeding technique makes progress

University launches a four-year research project into apomixis, a ‘disruptive technology’ for plant breeding

University of Saskatchewan researchers are making good progress on a “disruptive technology” that will turn crop breeding on its head. Apomixis is a form of asexual seed production found in numerous wild plant species such as buttercups, Kentucky bluegrass and St. John’s wort. “The mother plant makes seeds that have embryos that are genetic clones […] Read more

Where no nitrogen response is found, it often means that a soil test could have shown that not much was needed.

Getting the most efficient nitrogen use

Soil testing is vital to identify where nitrogen is needed

A significant amount of nitrogen applied to fields is never taken up by plants. Understanding how much nitrogen (N) crops actually need can help decrease needless expenses and potential environmental issues. Why it matters: Nitrogen loss to the environment can damage local water sources causing human health concerns and harm to aquatic life. Inefficient fertilizer […] Read more

Wheat has lagged in speed of development compared to other crops. That could change now that the genome has been sequenced.

Wheat’s bigger future

New genetic tools are emerging after the sequencing of the wheat genome

The sequencing of the wheat genome means researchers will finally have access to genetic tools to help with wheat development — an advantage other crops have had for years. It should also mean that Ontario growers will see quicker-developed varieties with traits like fusarium head blight resistance. Wheat’s genome was finally sequenced earlier this year […] 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

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

Fed cattle are given highly fermentable grain diets that can increase the rate and extent of fermentation within the rumen and consequently the rate of acid production.

The far-reaching effects of rumen acidosis

It is a painful condition caused by eating too much highly digestible starch or sugar and can also decrease performance

Ruminal acidosis can be a painful condition for cattle and could lead to other problems like ruminitis, laminitis or liver abscesses. Acute acidosis can occur when cattle consume too much highly digestible starch or sugar. It is often seen among feedlot cattle but it can also affect the cow-calf sector. It is an animal welfare […] Read more

Caitlin Woolcott, right, is a recent graduate of University of Guelph now working for New Life Mills. She offered encouragement to current Masters student Logan Patterson, left. Woolcott was a Research Symposium presenter in 2017, also as part of a multi-study, three-year project tackling poultry euthanasia.

Managing poultry euthanasia

A large research project is looking at how farmers can finetune the humane death of poultry on their farms

Poultry producers across North America should soon have access to expert advice about the most practical, effective ways to deal with euthanasia on their farms. Why it matters: In both the U.S. and Canada, the past decade has seen enhanced regulation related to on-farm euthanasia, driven largely by a desire to decrease the potential for […] Read more

Animal science professor Red Williams, 93

Memorial services will be held “at a later date” for renowned Prairie animal science professor Charles “Red” Williams, who died Monday at age 93 leaving a legacy of work in livestock care and ag extension. Williams, born in Regina and raised on farms in Saskatchewan and Alberta, served in the Second World War on the […] Read more