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Christoph Wand


Position/Title: OMAFRA Livestock Sustainability Specialist; Adjunct Professor
email: christoph.wand@ontario.ca
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53670
Office: ANNU 253

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Livestock Sustainability Specialist – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Christoph was raised on a farm near Powassan, and received his Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences) and Master of Science (Animal Science - Ruminant Nutrition) from the University of Guelph. He joined OMAFRA in 1998 as the Beef Cattle and Sheep Nutritionist.

He has been part of OMAFRA’s efforts toward environmental sustainability through his involvement in the Environmental Farm Plan, and other funding and policy programs.  His previous technical work in nutrition was focused on economic sustainability including labour reduction, feed and nutrient use efficiency, alternative forages, GHG mitigation and most recently value chains. 

Christoph has represented OMAFRA on several national and industry-led committees, including both the national beef and sheep value chain roundtables (VCRT), several research review and funding committees including those under the OMAFRA/University of Guelph agreement and those led by producer organizations.

In 2014, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science recognizing his efforts in agro-ecology education at the Ontario Agriculture College and his activities in that Department. He began his most recent work assignment as Livestock Sustainability Specialist in August of 2014, and is based out of the Elora OMAFRA office.

Christoph can be contacted via email: christoph.wand@ontario.ca or you can follow him on Twitter: @CtophWand to stay informed concerning news and updates that are occurring daily in the agricultural sector.

Christoph is the author of over 100 Factsheets, press articles, and infosheets to keep producers in the industry up to date. The following is a list of various articles authored by Christoph regarding the health and well-being of beef cattle and sheep. There are more available on the OMAFRA website for your reading enjoyment.

 

Factsheets:

Renting Your Land Sustainably - January 2017

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/17-005.htm

Alternative Forages and Sample Wintering Rations for Beef Cows - October 2016

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/16-051.htm

Fence-Line and TMR Feeding Systems for Beef Cows - May 2015

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/15-007.htm

Using Sheep Behaviour to Your Advantage When Designing Handling Facilities - September 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/14-035.htm

Nutrition and Feeding Systems for Market Lamb Finishing - August 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/14-041.htm

Shearing Facility Design and Shearing in Ontario - August 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/14-045.htm

Low Labour Feeding Systems and Bunk Design for Sheep - July 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/14-023.htm

Total Mixed Ration (TMR) Use in Ewe Flock - June 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/14-025.htm

Feeding Corn Silage to Sheep - June 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/14-021.htm

Managing Outdoor Confinement Areas and Livestock Yards - February 2011

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/11-007.htm

Livestock Guardian Dogs and their Care in Winter - March 2010

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/10-033.htm

Replacing Water with Clean Snow for Ewes and Beef Cows - November 2009

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/09-065.htm

Cold Stress in Cows - January 2007

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/07-001.htm

Coping with Hay Shortages in Beef Cow Wintering Rations - October 2007

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/07-053.htm

Protein Content in Modern Sheep Rations - February 2003

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/03-019.htm

Pregnancy Disorders (Metabolic) in Transition Ewes - February 2003

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/03-017.htm

Feeding Systems for Sheep - February 2003

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/03-013.htm

Replacement Ewe Lamb Nutrition - December 2003

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/lambnut.htm

Diet Supplementation for Grazing and Out-wintering Ewes - September 2002

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/sheep/facts/02-045.htm

 

Industry Publications:

Meeting Mineral Requirements on Ontario Pastures - October 2009

https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2009/10/19/meeting-mineral-requirements-on-ontario-pastures/

Sustainability in the Dairy Industry Using the proAction Initiative - February 2016

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/dairy/facts/sustainability.htm

 

Sound Advice:

Diversified Livestock Farms - March 2017

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/updates/soundadvice/mar17r24.htm

Low Carbon Livestock Farm - April 2017

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/updates/soundadvice/apr17r28.htm

 

Virtual Beef Articles:

Becoming a Preferred Tenant for Grazing Rented Farms - January 2017

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0117a1.htm

New & Improved Recipe for Extra Forage After Winter Wheat - July 2016

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0716a1.htm

Hemp, Tropical Corn and Other Alternative Annual Forages: Opportunities for Beef Cattle in Five Easy Lessons! - February 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0214a1.htm

The Nutritional Philosophy of Beef Cows - July 2014

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0714a1.htm

Forage Outlook and Feeding Strategies for Fall 2012 - July 2012

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0712a1.htm

You and Your Mixer: Mixing Properly? - June 2011

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0711a2.htm

Cutting Cow Feed Costs: Do or Die for Ontario’s Cow Herds - February 2011

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0211a1.htm 

Meeting Mineral Requirements at Pasture - July 2009

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0709a3.htm

A TMR Mixer for Every Beef Farm? - November 2008

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn1108a1.htm 

Natural Feeding Programs - Concepts for Tweaking Feedlot Diets - November 2007

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn1107a1.htm

Feeding Systems for Beef Cows - May 2006

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0506a4.htm

Take the Winter Feeding Challenge - October 2006

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn1006a3.htm