Recent Research Projects

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Dairy Nutrition

2016/17-2018/19 • $634,276 • PI
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A novel approach to improve gastrointestinal tract function in ruminants

2016/17-2018/19 • $239,161 • PI,CO
Promoting gastrointestinal health is an important strategy to improve the efficiency for livestock production. Recently, it has been recognized that nutrients can elicit a greater response than expected based on nutrient supply alone. In many cases, it is suggested that such functional nutrients...

Finding innovations to improve calf gastrointestinal health

2017/18-2018/19 • $136,000 • PI
There are one million dairy cows in Canada on over 12,000 farms which contributes $8 B to our domesticeconomy. Generally, the neonatal and pre-weaned periods are the most challenging in dairy production,resulting in the highest mortality and morbidity rates and diarrhea is the most common cause...

Regulation of Gastrointestinal Growth and Function

2016/17-2018/19 • $84,000 • PI
There are over 15 million ruminants in Canada producing milk and meat, which contributes over 40 billion dollars to Canadas economy. The ruminants raised on approximately 50,000 farms throughout Canada follow the highest standards of animal welfare, however gastrointestinal diseases and...

Redefining trace mineral nutrition in dairy cattle

2017/18 • $200,000 • PI,CO
Trace minerals represent a small but crucial component of a dairy cow's diet. Despite its importance, our knowledge regarding trace mineral absorption and utilization in dairy cattle is limited. Inorganic sources of trace minerals are often supplemented in diets of dairy cattle to optimize...

A flow cytometer/sorter for agricultural and food science research

2017/18 • $146,214 • PI,CO
A flow cytometer/cell sorter is requested to promote research and innovation in agricultural and food science in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta. This equipment will benefit multiple internationally recognized research programs in the areas of...

Redefining Colostrum and Transition Milk

2017/18 • $12,500 • PI
The Saskatoon Colostrum Company Limited (SCCL) specializes in providing quality colostrum to dairy andbeef producers nationally and internationally. The main metric to assess colostrum quality is immunoglobulincontent, however there are hundreds of additional bioactive molecules such as...

Pyrosequencer for genomics and epigenomics research

2016/17 • $103,234 • PI,CO
A multi-user core facility, Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit (AGP Unit), in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, provides key capacity for researchers employing genomics technologies for technological innovation in food and the bio-economy. These internationally...

The effect colostrum meal size and delivery method on gastric function

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
Colostrum management is essential for calf survival and vitality and is a key focus area for the SaskatoonColostrum Company. Current industry practices use a nipple bottle or esophageal tube to feed colostrum tonewborn calves with a wide range of volumes for the first meal, although the impact...

Effect of meal size on insulin sensitivity and metabolism in dairy calves

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
Optimizing the health and performance of calves by testing new feeding strategies is of great importance to Grober Nutrition. Calves in veal and dairy production are traditionally fed two meals a day but in nature they would consume up to 12 meals per day. The impact of limiting the number of...