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October 2021

George Hall's PhD Defence

Over the last 50 years we have seen a steady decline in the number of turkey breeds and lines, and many of the remaining ones are threatened with extinction. The main reason for the loss is that many organizations which maintain turkeys are under pressure to reduce costs, and so eliminate breeds and lines. Therefore, the solution is to reduce the cost of maintenance by switching from a generation-to-generation conservation plan to a biobanking one. To biobank turkey genetics there are two options, store primordial germ cells, or ovarian tissue with testes with or without semen.

2021 OAC Careers & Cocktails

Network with OAC grads, students, and industry representatives for this online event! Bring your own drink of choice to this virtual social and engage with industry experts discussing topics in food, agriculture, environment, and rural communities.  Registration closes October 3, 2020 at 9 a.m. Instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed out prior to the event.

Brown hens are from Venus, white hens are from mars

When laying hens were only housed in conventional cages, the most notable differences between strains came down to feeding, feed effieciency and the colour of their eggs. As the popularity of eggs from non-cage systems increases, an understanding of genetic differences in behaviour, especially between white- and brown-feathered strains, are critical for successful management.

ABSc Qualifying Exam (QE) Survival Workshop

Attention ABSc Grad Students! Are you prepping for an upcoming qualifying exam? Defence this Fall? Here is your opportunity to learn more about Departmental specific procedures for your exam, hear study and exam tips from fellow upper year students, and practice answering questions!

Animal Biosciences Clothing Sale

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Our department virtual CLOTHING SALE is NOW OPEN! This means starting Oct 12th you can order your clothing from the comfort of your own home!

CGIL Seminar: Implementing breeding values for sustainability in dairy cattle

We are very pleased to have M.Sc. Caeli Richardson, a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, to present a CGIL Seminar on Friday October 22th, 2021. The seminar will begin at 1:30 PM EDT/EST on the virtual platform Microsoft Teams. The title of the presentation is: “Implementing breeding values for sustainability in dairy cattle”.