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BC HOLSTEIN NEWS ❆ CHRISTMAS 2020
  RESEARCH PROJECTS AND INVESTMENTS
2018-2023
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  Theme:
Dairy Farm Efficiency and Sustainability
   PROJECT
Understanding the impact of cutting-edge genomic technologies on breeding strategies for optimum genetic progress in Canadian dairy cattle
This project will analyze and compare the benefits of novel tools (e.g. gene editing) and new technologies (e.g. genotyping by sequencing) with the aim to optimize Canadian dairy cattle breeding programs for future genetic improvement and profitability.
RESEARCH TEAM
Christine Baes, University of Guelph
Flavio Schenkel, Getu Hailu, Angela Canovas (University of Guelph)
PARTNERS
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Lactanet
       Dairy Farmers of Canada supports worthwhile research in a wide range of disciplines as seen in the diagram below. These research projects have been commonly known as the ‘Dairy Research Cluster’ and they are now in the third group of projects running from 2018-2023. Look for selected project updates under the Dairy Research Cluster 3 heading in future issues of BCHN. You can follow their updates or subscribe to receive updates at dairyresearchblog.ca.
The third Dairy Research Cluster builds on the success of the Dairy Research
       The third Dairy Research Cluster builds on the success of the Dairy Research
Cluster 1 and 2 (2010-2018) to stimulate productivity, sustainability and
Cluster 1 and 2 (2010-2018) to stimulate productivity, sustainability and
profitability on farms and to improve knowledge on milk and dairy products’
profitability on farms and to improve knowledge on milk and dairy products’
health benefits. Joint industry and government commitments to Dairy Research
health benefits. Joint industry and government commitments to Dairy Research
Cluster 3 total $16.5 million, including $11.4 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food
Cluster 3 total $16.5 million, including $11.4 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership AgriScience Program,
Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership AgriScience Program, $2.8 m$2il.l8iomnillfiroonmfroDmaiDryairFyaFramrmeersrsoff Canadaa, ,$$1 m1 milliollniofrnomfroLmactLaancet,anet,
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Dairy Research Cluster 3 funding by
NATIONAL DAIRY RESEARCH
NATIONAL DAIRY RESEARCH
Dairy cattle
management
Calf management
Infectious diseases mitigation
Infectious
diseases
Reproduction
nutrition Reproduction
STRATEGY PRIORITY
STRATEGY PRIORITY
Reduced environmental footprint
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 15%
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Antimicrobials use/ Alternative tools
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health
Microbiology/ Milk quality
$736,300 from Novalait Inc., $75,700 from Dairy Farmers of Ontario and
$736,300 from Novalait Inc., $75,700 from Dairy Farmers of Ontario and
 in-kind contributions from dairy sector partners.
in-kind contributions from dairy sector partners.
     Accelerating genetic gain for novel traits in Canadian
PARTNERS
Agriculture and Agri-Food
Holstein cows
Theme:
and Welfare and Welfare
Canadian Holstein cows.
Cow Health
and Welfare
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Theme: Theme:
The project aims to increase the size of the cow reference population to improve the accuracy and reliability of genomic estimated breeding values (EBVs)
Cow Health Cow Health for novel traits and develop tools to increase the rate of genetic progress for Lactanet
Flavio Schenkel, University of Guelph
Christine Baes, Angela Canovas, Janusz Jamrozik, Stephen LeBlanc, Filippo Miglior, Eduardo Ribeiro (University of Guelph), Xin Zhao (McGill University), Ronaldo Cerri
achieving calf genetic potential as measured by adult cow productivity, health, welfareandhigh-qualitymilkproductionw.elfareandhigh-qualitymilkproduction.
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of Canada Agri-Food of Canada Canada
The project aims to identify the optimal nutritional and housing strategies
RESEARCH TEAM
for cows milked automatically to improve cow health, milk production and
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Prince Edward Island), Trevor DeVries, DaviPdriKnecletoEnd(wUanridveIsrslaitnydo),fTGrueevloprhD),eXVirnieZsh, aDoa,vid Kelton (University of Guelph), Xin Zh
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Rachel Gervais (Université Laval), Robert (University of Calgary), Todd Duffield (U
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Elsa Vasseur, McGill Universi
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Stéphane Godbout (Institut d Sébastien Fournel, Doris Pelle
RESEARCH TEAM
(Centre de recherche en scie
Nathalie Bissonnette, AAFC-
Anne-Marie de Passillé (Unive
University of Newfoundland
Villetaz Robichaud (Universit David Kelton, Flavio Schenkel Sherbrooke), Gilles Fecteau (
recherche agronomique - France)
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calf management practices in the first year of life
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mastitis and reduce the need for antimicmroabsitaitlsis, eansdureindgucaenitmhealnheeadltfhoarnadntimicrobialsC,aenasudraing animal health an
Optimizing health and production of cows milked
PARTNERS
Dairy Farmers
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Mario Jacques, Jean-Philippe Roy (UniversitMéadreioMJoacnqtruéeasl), ,JHeeanrm-PahniliBpaprekeRmoay, (EUdnuivaerdrsoité de Montréal), Herman Barkema, Edu
Elsa Vasseur (McGill University), Luke Heider (University of Prince Edward Island),
Cobo, Vineet Saini (University of Calgary), GCroebgoK, eVeinfe,eJt TSraeinito(UnnMivceCrsluitrye o(Uf Cniavlegrasriyty),oGfreg Keefe, J Trenton McClure (Univers
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 Graham Plastow (University of Alberta), PSaRnOtsJcEhCi,TRené Lacroix (Lactanet)
Forestry), Min Lin (Canadian Food InspectioFnoAregsetrnyc)y, M- iUnnLiviner(sCitaynoadf iOanttaFwooa)d, MInasprveicntion Agency - University of Ottawa), M Miller (University of Notre Dame), Pamela AMdkililners,(JUonhivneMrsiidtydloeftoNno(tUrenDivaemrseit)y, Poaf mMeislsaoAudrik) ins, John Middleton (University of
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ndedrsisteaansdet(hJeDd)ywniatmh itchseoafimbatcotebreiatltesrtruanindserstand(Int-hkienddcoynntriabumtioinc)s of bacterial Agri-Food
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Parents are David and Aimee Matlak of Deroche.
Thanks Mom, for the awesome photos!
at the herd level.
et de développement en agroenvironnement), ité Laval), Yan Martel Kennes, Pierre Ruel
RESEARCH TEAM
s de Deschambault; CRSAD), Jeff Rushen,
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PARTNERS
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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Antimicrobials use/ Alternative tools
Farming is all about community There’s a closeness that shines through, despite the
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Dairy Research Cluster 3 8 We’re quick to lend a hand or an ear, a piece of
Lactanet
equipment or a strong back. Whatever’s needed to
Holstein Canada
(In-kind contribution)
get the job done, we’ll come together to do it.
- Farming is an amazing way of life, but sometimes
it can be as draining mentally as it is physically. And that same community is here to help.
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Make sure your well-being is a priority and talk
to somebody if you or someone you know needs help.
Agriculture is rooted in strength – the strength to take care of our families and ourselves.
For more resources, visit domore.ag.
#RootedInStrength
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