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Scientists seek definitive ergot diagnostics

February 23rd, 2016

Every summer a vast mosaic of grain crops blossoms across the Canadian prairies. But once they begin flowering, these plants become susceptible to Claviceps spp., fungi that are the source of major problems for the agriculture industry and the focus of a Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) research study. The two researchers — veterinary pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Dissi and his …

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New funds kickstart livestock research centre

An innovative new centre focused on all aspects of beef cattle and forage production is on the horizon at the University of Saskatchewan. The new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) will be a real-time production field laboratory for U of S researchers and students as well as Saskatchewan producers and the public. Gerry Ritz and Lyle Stewart, ministers …

July 30th, 2015 Full story »

Cow-calf study uncovers key health trends

What does two years of data from a comprehensive cow-calf survey of Western Canada look like? Like a lot of information. A team of researchers led by Dr. John Campbell at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are about to begin the third year of a groundbreaking five-year study tracking thousands of cattle across three prairie provinces. To date …

July 06th, 2015 Full story »

The new pig code of practice includes mandatory pain relief for piglets during castration and tail docking. Photo: Myrna MacDonald.

Canada’s pig code of practice released

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) have released the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. “This Code reflects producers’ continued commitment to animal health and welfare and dedication to responsible animal husbandry,” says Florian Possberg, chair of the pig Code Development Committee. “The groups around the table worked …

March 06th, 2014 Full story »

A bull at the WCVM Goodale Research Farm

Real-time PCR undergoes real world testing

Have you ever watched dollar signs disappear before your eyes? That’s what an owner of a cow-calf operation sees when his pregnancy rate decreases and too few calves are born. Poor fertility can often be the result of challenges with nutrition or bull management. Some infectious agents can also cause sudden drops in reproductive performance. One of these agents is …

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