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Emma Hyland

Position/Title: M.Sc. by thesis
Office: ANNU 043

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I completed my BSc. in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2019. Throughout my degree I found an interest in large animals, specifically cattle, and in genetics. While transitioning into my current program, I worked with Emily Leishman on part of her PhD project looking at the growth and molt patterns of commercial turkey feathers.

I am currently a MSc student in the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock under the advisement of Dr. Christine Baes. My masters project is part of the Resilient Dairy Genome Project, where we hope to add more novel health traits to genetic evaluations. Other members of the project are Colin Lynch, Aisha Fong, Renee Bongers, Nienke van Staaveren, and Hinayah Rojas de Oliveira

My sub activity centered around dairy calf health recording practices and investigating methods of effective on farm recording. Research involving health recording has long been focused on adult dairy cows meaning there is a lapse in research involving calves. Recent research indicates that early life events can affect lifetime health and production of these animals, so selection for early life health may lead to healthier and more productive cows.

When I am not working on courses or research, I spend my time swimming and training for endurance horse riding.