Genetics, Disease, Welfare in Dairy Cattle

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We are fourth-year Animal Science students at the University of Alberta working on a Capstone project that examines the link between animal welfare and genetics of livestock animals. For this project we decided to look at how genetics can improve the welfare of dairy cattle. To have good animal welfare it is beneficial that the animals are disease free, and to help achieve this we are looking at how breeding can help improve disease resistance of livestock animals. Diseases with a genetic component and of interest in the dairy industry have been found to include mastitis, digital dermatitis, metritis, Johne's, and ketosis.  Our methods include contacting and interviewing Alberta dairy producers, producer groups, and research organizations. 

 

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1Last call to register for Gentec’s annual conference in August.

Register now for Gentec’s annual conference. This year’s theme is The Genomics of Profitability: Implications for Quality, Feed, Forage and Sustainability. Watch the video. As well, Day 2 is a field trip to the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Station for a dedication ceremony, tours and demonstrations of genomics at work.

2Partner Profile: Genesus “Your success is our success”

Genesus and Gentec have collaborated on many projects since 2011. Find out more about these projects, the company and its approach to research.

 

3MEaTnet: Further Education for the Meat Industry

Gentec’s Heather Bruce is at the head of a new NSERC CREATE network that offers a specialization in meat science for post-graduate students or industry professionals. Find out more.

4Industry Collaborates to Help Increase Feed Efficiency through Genomics

ALMA has just released the details of two projects in collaboration with Gentec and other partners on residual feed intake. Read the background to these and associated projects here. Note that most of the work will be done at the soon-to-be renamed Kinsella Ranch, location of Day 2 of Gentec’s conference (see item 1 above).

5Current Trends in Livestock Genomics

Gentec’s Brian Karisa reports on the symposium Gentec hosted on the subject. Read more.

61000 Bulls… Big Results

Phase 1 results of the 1000 Bull Genomes project have just been published in Nature Genetics. Gentec researcher Paul Stothard contributes to the project and summarizes the findings. Read more.

 

 

                                                Hacking the Brain (and Autism) with Gene Machines

Check out this recent article 7in Scientific American.  Tony Zador of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory talks about his work to demonstrate how brain circuits might be mapped by using techniques for sequencing genes.

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Ghader Manafiazar’s paper “Prediction of residual feed intake for first-lactation dairy cows using orthogonal polynomial random regression” was selected as a highlighted article of the month (December 2013) by the Journal of Dairy Science’s editor-in-chief.

Ghader has just rejoined Gentec to work on a project with John Basarab.

                                      

 

Enjoy!

The Livestock Gentec Team

 

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Bull of the Month: Holstein, Hanoverhill Starbuck

Hanoverhill Starbuck had an enormous impact on the Holstein breed around the world. He was also the first bovine clone in Canada and the inspiration for a Hollywood film. Read more.

 

 
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Partner Profile: Illumina, the great disruptor

Gentec partner, Illumina, went from a small start-up in 1999 to the “smartest” company—ahead of Google and Amazon. Find out how and how come.

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Delta Genomics and the magic spine

Callers sometimes ask the staff at Delta Genomics to work strange and wonderful miracles. The thing is… Yes, they can. Read more.

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Another video presentation from Gentec’s 2013 conference available online

At our conference in October 2013, Karen Haugen-Kozyra of The Prasino Group Inc. spoke about understanding the carbon market in Alberta and how to take advantage of changes in carbon pricing. View her presentation here.

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Gentec attends Canadian Western Dairy Seminar

Gentec reports back on some of the sessions attended at this premier event, and on the social it hosted to develop more ties to the dairy industry. Read more.

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Presentation of Capstone Projects in April

Please support the Capstone Project students as they present their project “Developing an educational breeding tool for the Alberta Beef Industry” on April 3. Click here for details on location, topics, etc.

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Gentec expected to benefit from new ag funding opportunities in Alberta

The Government of Alberta announced extra funding for agriculture. Gentec will develop projects and apply. Read more.

Enjoy!

The Livestock Gentec Team

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Submissions wanted for UofA Beef and Range Report

The Rangeland Research Institute is looking for contributions to the UofA’s new extension publication, the first edition of which will be available at the Roy Berg Kinsella Ranch Field Day. A great way to publicize your UofA-based bovine research to all the right people. Click here for more information.

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True Canadians: Hays Converter cattle

Dan Hays is working with us on applying genomics to the first new breed registered under the Canadian Livestock Pedigree Act by his father. Find out more about the breed, what it stands for and how Gentec has contributed and continues to do so.

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Delta Genomics and Gentec share a milestone event

The Canadian Cattle Genome Project is complete and Delta’s inaugural funding winds down. Read about both accomplishments.

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Career Paths: Aparna Prasad

Aparna Prasad’s career has taken her from India to Canada and now Spain; from health research to bovine research and back again. Find out more about her interesting career path.

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Call for Partners: Raising pigs without antibiotics

Gentec and Gowans Feed Consulting are looking for partners for a potential project on growing pigs without antibiotics. Find out more about Gowans’s strengths as a research partner.

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Capstone Presentation: an app to reduce costs of production

A team of students presented a demo version of an app for producers to plug in their costs  vs. their geographic location to find savings and harness GeEPDs. Read more.

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SNPchiMp: a database to disentangle the SNPchip jungle in bovine livestock

SNPchiMp is a MySQL database linked to an open access web-based interface that combines many sources of information that are time consuming to obtain and difficult to integrate. Read the article here.

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Director of Breed Development at the Canadian Angus Association and former Gentec student, Kajal Devani, presents the DNA tracking system developed for her Master’s thesis under Gentec CEO, Dr. Graham Plastow, at the Food Integrity and Traceability Conference in Belfast, Ireland. She will be among 300 scientists, regulators and agri-food producers from more than 25 countries attending the conference.

Gentec CEO, Graham Plastow, is co-author on a paper recently published in Livestock Science. The paper proposes that genomics (along with training, manpower, funding and well thought-out programs) provides viable solutions to improving the efficiency and profitability of livestock production and feeding the world’s growing population.

Enjoy!

The Livestock Gentec Team

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