Animal Biosciences News
Bringing farmers out of the barn and back to the family
By Michelle Linington
Robotic technology has become popular across many industries, and agriculture is no exception. In dairy, for example, cows can decide for themselves when they want to get milked, thanks to the popularity of automatic milking systems (AMS). These robotic systems save producers time, letting them spend fewer hours in the barn and more time with friends and family.
Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Harlander's laboratory for their debut on UoG's atGuelph news release site. Her lab has been featured on APS News in the past and she is the recipient of an NSERC Discovery Grant last month. The group is working to investigate the development of locomotion in laying hens and looking into causes of and ways to prevent keel bone fractures in laying hens housed in non-caged systems and aviary systems.
Recently the University of Guelph has been the recipient of over $10.5 M from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Counsil for an outstanding range of projects. The Awards were announced June 26th, 2014 by Ed Holder, Minister of science and technology in London, Ontario.
Join me in congratulating Dr. John Walton on his Medal of Merit to be awarded during the convocation ceremonies this Thursday June 12th!
Dr. John Walton began his career in Animal and Poultry Science in 1979 as assistant professor, became associate professor in 1985. He was professor from 1990-2009 when he retired. Since then he has continued to be an asset to the department and its students. With 116 publications mainly focussing on heat detection, synchronization and conception rate problems in dairy cattle.
Join me in congratulating 3rd place talk winner from APS, Hillary Dalton, and former APS member, Laura Dawson, now in PopMed, for placing with her poster at the North American International Society for Applied Ethology meeting at Michigan State University, which took place May 30-31, 2014.
APS News June 6th, 2014 By Judy Stryker
Join me in congratulating two of our Animal and Poultry Science graduate student members for a great job Wednesday May 14th at the 7th Annual Animal Welfare Research Symposium! It was a great day, full of interesting research projects. CCSAW has increased their technological know-how and even a few conference talks with remote discussions. This year there was an overwhelming response to the call for abstracts. This meeting really does showcase the wide variety of animal welfare research going on at the University of Guelph campuses.
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Let’s all congratulate Tania Archbold! She has been nominated by the Guelph YMCA-YWCA for the Women of Distinction award for her work as a La Leche League Canada (LLLC) leader, helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals and gain confidence in their parenting abilities. Recipients will be announced at the Women of Distinction Fundraising Gala, on May 1st, 2014.