AG Notes

Dairy research receives federal funding

As part of the Dairy Research Cluster, the federal government said it plans to invest more than $1.3 million in the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College to conduct research to improve dairy herd health.

The funding is expected to support two projects:

  • More than $1.2 million to measure antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in relation to animal health.
  • More than $148,000 for research to extend cow life on dairy farms by improving calf management practices in the first year of life.

Women in agriculture surveyed

Alltech has launched an industry-wide global survey designed to gather insights about women in agriculture.

It will be conducted with Agri-Briefing and aims to collect feedback about the barriers that impede progress and to identify the resources needed to ensure workplace equality.

The survey is open to women and men across all sectors of the agri-food industry. The results are expected to be revealed at the Women in Food & Agriculture Summit, to be held Dec. 3-4, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

More information is at, and join the conversation on social media using #WFA19.

Animal welfare award presented

Dr. André Desrochers of Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., was named the recipient of the 2019 Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award for outstanding contributions to the bovine sector and advancing animal welfare.

Desrochers is the chair at the department of clinical sciences and a professor at the University of Montreal.

He researches the prevention, recognition and treatment of pododermatitis in cattle.

He also has worked to improve the teaching tools that help advance bovine welfare in Canada and internationally.

Sask Barley to hold election

The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) plans to hold an election this fall to fill three positions on its board of directors.

Four candidates have been verified to run in the election:

  • Keith Rueve, Muenster
  • Michael Haydon, Swift Current
  • Matt Enns, Rosthern
  • Glenn Wright, Vanscoy

Candidate information will soon be posted on the commission’s website as well as the fall newsletter in October.

Voting ballots and instructions are expected to be mailed out to all Saskatchewan barley producers in October and an electronic voting option will also be available.

Alumni award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 1 for the annual 4-H Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of leadership and contributions to their field and the world.
  • Being an outstanding role model of 4-H values (critical thinking, caring, service, and healthy living) and support for the future generation.
  • Experience as a 4-H youth member. The nominee does not currently need to be involved with 4-H.
  • The recipient will receive an all-inclusive trip to the 2020 Leadership Awards where they will be recognized alongside other notable award recipients.


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