Ag Notes

University appoints animal welfare director

Georgia Mason is the new director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph.

The behavioural biologist is a professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences who studies how animals respond to captivity.

She holds the Col. K. L. Campbell University chair in animal welfare.

The department is considered the largest animal welfare research group in the world.

Washroom app provided for truckers

During COVID-19, a free app from Impact Tourism is helping truckers find an open washroom.

Impact Tourism is using its heritage and travel companion app, History Check, as a source of information for truckers and others who are on the roads in Alberta.

The tourism app was converted into a COVID business services app to show which businesses are open, or offering delivery or curbside services like takeout.

More than 100 locations are now visible on the free map-based mobile app.

As an example, the app is using OPWA as the search term for confirmed open washrooms.

As users interact with sites, it builds a personalized list they can refer to later.

There is no charge for businesses that want to be included.

More information is at impacttourism.ca/COVID-keywords.

To download the app go to HistoryCheck.ca or through the App Store or Google Play store.

Autonomous platform arrives in Olds

Olds College plans to operate the fully autonomous DOT Power Platform as a teaching and research tool at its Smart Farm this spring.

It is the only post-secondary institution in the world to deploy the fully autonomous system and gives students unique learning opportunities on field-scale robotics technology.

As part of a three-year Smart Farm research project, the college will collect information and observations to understand the benefits and challenges of autonomous agricultural equipment.

The project will also measure the economic and environmental footprint of autonomous agricultural equipment.

Holstein Canada holds virtual AGM

Holstein Canada’s 137th annual general meeting was held virtually on April 29.

The digital AGM was the first in the history of the association, a step necessary to maintain physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the meeting incoming chief executive officer Vincent Landry was introduced.

Other updates to the board include Karen Versloot and Harold Sweetnam, representing the Atlantic and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, respectively.

Gerald Schipper of Aylmer, Ont., was reinstated as president.

Nancy Beerwort of Martintown, Ont., was elected as first vice-president and Ben Cuthbert of Ladysmith, B.C., as second vice-president.

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