Position/Title: OMAFRA Livestock Sustainability Specialist; Adjunct Professor
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53670
Office: ANNU 253
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Renting Your Land Sustainably - January 2017
Alternative Forages and Sample Wintering Rations for Beef Cows - October 2016
Fence-Line and TMR Feeding Systems for Beef Cows - May 2015
Using Sheep Behaviour to Your Advantage When Designing Handling Facilities - September 2014
Nutrition and Feeding Systems for Market Lamb Finishing - August 2014
Shearing Facility Design and Shearing in Ontario - August 2014
Low Labour Feeding Systems and Bunk Design for Sheep - July 2014
Total Mixed Ration (TMR) Use in Ewe Flock - June 2014
Feeding Corn Silage to Sheep - June 2014
Managing Outdoor Confinement Areas and Livestock Yards - February 2011
Livestock Guardian Dogs and their Care in Winter - March 2010
Replacing Water with Clean Snow for Ewes and Beef Cows - November 2009
Cold Stress in Cows - January 2007
Coping with Hay Shortages in Beef Cow Wintering Rations - October 2007
Protein Content in Modern Sheep Rations - February 2003
Pregnancy Disorders (Metabolic) in Transition Ewes - February 2003
Feeding Systems for Sheep - February 2003
Replacement Ewe Lamb Nutrition - December 2003
Diet Supplementation for Grazing and Out-wintering Ewes - September 2002
Meeting Mineral Requirements on Ontario Pastures - October 2009
Sustainability in the Dairy Industry Using the proAction Initiative - February 2016
Diversified Livestock Farms - March 2017
Low Carbon Livestock Farm - April 2017
Virtual Beef Articles:
Becoming a Preferred Tenant for Grazing Rented Farms - January 2017
New & Improved Recipe for Extra Forage After Winter Wheat - July 2016
Hemp, Tropical Corn and Other Alternative Annual Forages: Opportunities for Beef Cattle in Five Easy Lessons! - February 2014
The Nutritional Philosophy of Beef Cows - July 2014
Forage Outlook and Feeding Strategies for Fall 2012 - July 2012
You and Your Mixer: Mixing Properly? - June 2011
Cutting Cow Feed Costs: Do or Die for Ontario’s Cow Herds - February 2011
Meeting Mineral Requirements at Pasture - July 2009
A TMR Mixer for Every Beef Farm? - November 2008
Natural Feeding Programs - Concepts for Tweaking Feedlot Diets - November 2007
Feeding Systems for Beef Cows - May 2006
Take the Winter Feeding Challenge - October 2006