Ontario potato field day

Ontario potato field day

Approximately 250 growers, crop consultants and potato-industry personnel gathered at the 2016 Ontario Potato Field Day on Aug. 18 in Alliston, Ont.

Draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers now open for public comment

Draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers now open for public comment

The public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers is open until August 31

Cementing a composting solution

Cementing a composting solution

The Winchell family farm in Alberta is relatively small – around 300 laying hens, 70 sheep, as well as a number of pigs and cattle. But not long ago, the 120-acre farm raised around 12,500 layer breeders as well as 4,200 egg laying ducks for the Filipino and Vietnamese market.

The discovery that could transform Canada's wine industry

The discovery that could transform Canada's wine industry

Although Canada is home to internationally award-winning wines, the cold winters and short growing season are a constant challenge.

Composting Versus Stockpiling

Composting Versus Stockpiling

In North America, antibiotics are routinely administered to livestock for treating cases of disease and in some jurisdictions, they are given at sub-therapeutic

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Herbicide Resistance Summit 2016 May 11, 2016...
Which glyphosate-resistant weed is most problematic to Ontario growers? Peter Sikkema answers this question and provides control and management strategies for dealing with glyphosate resistance in this exclusive interview from the 2016 Herbicide Resistance Summit.
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Herbicide Resistance Summit 2016 May 4, 2016...
How can farmers preserve the herbicides they are so dependant on? Neil Harker, a weed scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, Alta., suggests strategies to help slow down herbicide resistance in this week’s exclusive video from the 2016 Herbicide Resistance Summit.
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Herbicide Resistance Summit 2016 April 27, 2016...
Jason Norsworthy, a professor in the department of crop, soil and environmental sciences at the University of Arkansas, spoke at the 2016 Herbicide Resistance Summit about the status of herbicide resistance in the United States. In this exclusive video, Norsworthy offers insight on the future of herbicide resistance, and suggestions for best management practices.
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Herbicide Resistance Summit 2016 April 20, 2016...
Harvest weed seed control is a management practice that has seen great success in Australia. In this week’s exclusive video from the 2016 Herbicide Resistance Summit, Breanne Tidemann and Michael Walsh discuss the potential for adapting this strategy to Canada, and the benefits and challenges of harvest weed seed control.

Research

The key to better health is through our gut, according to Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph. A gut full of health

August 23, 2016 - The key to better health is through our gut. At least that’s what Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, has concluded from her research on the human gut microbiota ecosystem. It’s a big term but simply put, microbiota is a collection of microbes found within the gut. And those microbes are important, because they’re strongly linked to the overall health of a human or animal. Dr. Allen-Vercoe’s latest research is applying what she’s learned about the human gut microbiota to pigs to enhance the gut system and improve the overall health of the animal. Because just like humans, better health means less disease and less antibiotic use. “Our goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics in pigs,” says Dr. Allen-Vercoe. “If we can naturally improve an animal’s health by colonizing its gut with healthy microbes, the animal’s overall health will improve and reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.” Still in the early stages of research, Dr. Allen-Vercoe and her team are applying proven research from her studies with humans to feeding trials with pigs. She’s feeding them natural, healthy microbes that grow and colonize in a pig’s gut to create a diverse microbial ecosystem. “By increasing the gut microbiota diversity in pigs, we expect to increase the health and fitness of the animals – in particular their ability to resist disease and respond to vaccines and their ability to gain weight,” says Dr. Allen-Vercoe. Once the animals’ guts have been augmented with healthy microbes, this will help farmers avoid the need for using antibiotics while still delivering a quality end product to consumers. “The gut microbiota is a virtual vital organ,” says Dr. Allen-Vercoe, explaining that pigs, like many humans, have a poor or selective diet and have been exposed to antibiotics, both of which kill healthy microbes and lead to an unhealthy gut microbiota. Scientists have found many diseases, such as allergies, infections and metabolic disorders, linked to poor or damaged microbiota. “If we can improve the gut microbiota ecosystem we can make a lot of positive changes to an animal’s health,” says Dr. Allen-Vercoe. She is using funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs-University of Guelph’s Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program to develop and optimize a microbiota ecosystem feed product, testing a feed additive that can be given to sows in the late stages of pregnancy. The feed additive microbes would be passed naturally from sow to piglets, colonizing each animal’s gut. Additional doses could be given to pigs as they grow, particularly during stressful periods such as weaning to help keep the animal healthy. Her product is different than probiotic feed additives currently available for pigs – it provides a multi-species ecosystem that colonizes, unlike probiotics that cannot colonize and need to be fed daily. “This is a new approach to feeding and managing farm animals that offers significant potential advantages,” says Dr. Allen-Vercoe. “Good health is important and we can’t forget about the most diverse ecosystem in the body – the gut.” The Gryphon’s LAAIR is supported through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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