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When things don’t go according to plan

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into hands-on, practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales during their Externship Veterinary Course. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), students must complete an eight-week Externship Course between third and fourth year in a rural veterinary practice that works with food animals…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on August 10, 2017 at 5:25am — No Comments

Advancements in equine health and welfare focus of research update

Advancements in equine health and welfare were on the agenda at a research evening for equine practitioners at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) last week.

Researchers at OVC and the Ontario Agricultural College provided practitioners with updates on wide-ranging equine research at the University of Guelph, including studies in reproduction, cardiology, biomechanics, respiratory disease, stem cell discovery,…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on December 21, 2016 at 4:53am — No Comments

Cool cases during a hot weather week

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into hands-on, practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales during their Externship Veterinary Course. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), students must complete an eight-week Externship Course between third and fourth year in a rural veterinary practice that works with food animals and/or equine, as well as…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on August 15, 2016 at 9:11am — No Comments

Where Do Babies Come From?

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into hands-on, practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales during their Externship Veterinary Course. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), students must complete an eight-week Externship Course between third and fourth year in a rural veterinary practice that works with food animals and/or equine, as well as…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on August 5, 2016 at 4:27am — No Comments

When the bugs fight the drugs

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into hands-on, practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales during their Externship Veterinary Course. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), students must complete an eight-week Externship Course between third and fourth year in a rural veterinary practice that works with food animals and/or equine, as well as…
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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on July 8, 2016 at 2:18am — No Comments

Transition cow management focus of annual dairy veterinarian conference

Updates on transition cow health and ketosis were the focus of the annual Dairy Health Management Certificate Program at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College last week.



Now in its 21st year, the annual conference provides dairy veterinarians with updates on current approaches to dairy cow health management, as well as an opportunity to network with fellow practitioners, faculty, and guest lecturers.



This is the biggest year yet in terms of attendance,…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on June 7, 2016 at 2:19am — No Comments

UofG Swine Research Day brings together researchers and industry

The importance of agriculture and food research and collaborative efforts were the focus at the inaugural University of Guelph Swine Research Day last week.

Centralia Swine Research Update organizing group.

The new UofG Swine Research Day brings together the Centralia Swine Research Update and the Mike Wilson Swine Research Day in a new…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on May 12, 2016 at 10:49am — No Comments

Collaboration a key theme of poultry research day

Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week.

The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates on current research and prompt discussion for future collaborations.

“The whole intent was to ensure that our industry partners and our researchers, either from academia or the…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on April 4, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

Best practices in farm animal husbandry important piece of student veterinarian experience

Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Dean Jeff Wichtel recently joined first and fourth year DVM students during hands-on health management training with small ruminants

Last week was a good week for me: I put on my coveralls and did some teaching. It’s less than five months since I left my position as a clinician at the Atlantic Veterinary College, yet it seems ages ago and I have been missing it.

I thoroughly enjoyed helping Dr. Paula Menzies, in OVC’s Population Medicine…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on February 23, 2016 at 3:21am — No Comments

On-farm research helps develop more effective ketosis treatment

Ongoing research with dairy herds on the Herd Navigator milking system is providing Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) scientists with data on ketosis incidence and will help develop more effective treatment protocols.

Results from an on-farm clinical trial that started mid-June will provide researchers with data to make better treatment decisions for this condition, says Dr. Khaled Gohary, who is looking at patterns and impacts of ketosis to develop strategies for early response to…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on January 14, 2016 at 5:14am — No Comments

Farm clients important part of OVC teaching programs

A recent appreciation day for Ontario Veterinary College Ruminant Field Services (OVC RFS) clients emphasized their important support of OVC’s teaching programs. The RFS, which services farm clients surrounding the Guelph area, is an integral teaching tool for student veterinarians, who gain valuable hands-on experience in diagnostics and clinical skills working with clients on-farm.

The client day provides an opportunity to thank clients, as well as provide updates on recent research…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on January 5, 2016 at 10:46am — No Comments

PHRN’s factsheets, research stories and seminars share UofG poultry expertise

Outreach and education are key components of the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN). Five recently published factsheets, as well as research stories and a new seminar series, aim to share this scientific expertise with the poultry community.

The University of Guelph has one of the largest groups of poultry scientists and experts in North America. With expertise in a wide range of issues - from health and welfare to nutrition,…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on November 16, 2015 at 3:53am — No Comments

Are you an Ontario producer? OVC researchers looking for your input

Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph are studying producer stress and resilience and looking for input from Ontario producers.

They are asking producers to complete a short online survey to help them understand the impacts of their work on their health.

The goal of this anonymous survey is to investigate the relationships between stress and resilience, and to gather important information about the mental wellness of…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on October 21, 2015 at 2:20am — No Comments

Are you an Ontario producer?

The Ontario Veterinary College is studying producer stress and resilience.

Researchers are asking producers to complete a short online survey to help them understand the impacts of their work on their health.

The goal of this anonymous survey is to investigate the relationships between stress and resilience, and to gather important information about the mental wellness of agricultural producers in Ontario.

Researchers anticipate the knowledge gained from…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on September 16, 2015 at 7:15am — No Comments

Swine veterinarians play important role in Canadian Quality Assurance program

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales. These blog posts are an opportunity to tag along with them. Here student veterinarian Ed describes the role of swine veterinarians in the industry’s Canadian Quality Assurance program.  Check out all the student blogs…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on August 31, 2015 at 7:17am — No Comments

Veterinarians take on variety of roles

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales. These Externship blog posts are an opportunity to tag along with them this summer. Here student veterinarian Sarah talks about veterinarians' varied roles.  Check out all the student blogs here.

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on July 29, 2015 at 7:24am — No Comments

Poultry industry connects with research discoveries at summer event

Poultry industry representatives had an opportunity to connect with the researchers whose discoveries help their industry at a mid-July barbeque held at the University of Guelph.

A joint venture of the University of Guelph, Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC), Poultry Industry Council (PIC), and the …

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on July 21, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

All choked up

Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph delve into practical experience at veterinary clinics across Ontario and additional locales. These blog posts are an opportunity to tag along with them this summer. Here student veterinarian Kate describes "choke" in horses.  Check out all the student blogs here

Sally went out to feed her…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on July 3, 2015 at 5:42am — No Comments

Gayle Ecker, Equine Industry Vision Award Winner for 2015

Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, has been awarded the prestigious Equine Industry Vision Award for 2015.

The award, presented at the American Horse Publication Tally-Ho at the Alamo Seminar in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2015, recognizes Ecker’s innovation, vision and commitment to the equine industry.

Sponsored by Zoetis, the award is intended not only to recognize outstanding leadership, creativity…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on June 23, 2015 at 3:07am — No Comments

This year OVC Externship students are blogging all summer long

Hands-on opportunities are invaluable for student veterinarians. They provide students an opportunity to practice clinical skills, diagnostics and work one-on-one with clients, while refining their communication, technical and problem-solving skills.

Once again this summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph will be…

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Added by Ontario Veterinary College on June 16, 2015 at 3:22am — No Comments

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Pulse Market Insight #250

Even though there are still three months left in the 2023/24 marketing year, most of the focus is on next year’s crop. Most of last year’s crop has already been sold but some farmers are still holding old-crop supplies that need to be marketed. At this time of year, the opportunities and risks for remaining old-crop supplies are magnified. The relationship between old-crop and new-crop bids is an important signal about how much risk and how much opportunity is left as the marketing year winds down. In general, a large difference between price levels means greater risk for remaining old-crop supplies. In 2023/24, prices for some pulse crops experienced extreme highs, which add to the vulnerability as the year winds down with the risk of a sharp drop outweighing the potential for higher prices. Old-crop prices for green peas are still running close to record highs at nearly $4.50 per bushel higher than the average new-crop bid. Once buyers have enough green peas to fill remaining sales

US Corn Ending Stocks Down on Greater Ethanol, Feed Demand

The USDA has trimmed its 2023-24 US corn ending stocks estimate from last month amid heavier ethanol and feed demand. In its latest monthly supply-demand estimates Thursday, the USDA pegged ending stocks at 2.122 billion bu, down 50 million from the March projection but still well above the previous year’s 1.36 billion. The USDA number was above the average pre-report trade guess of 2.109 billion, with futures trading 3-4 cents lower following the report’s noon ET release. On the demand side, corn used for ethanol was raised 25 million bu from March to 5.4 billion bu, compared to 5.176 billion in 2022-23. Feed use was bumped an identical 25 million bu higher to 6.805 billion – versus 6.558 billion last year – based on indicated disappearance during the December-February quarter. The USDA surprisingly left its 2023-24 Brazil corn production steady from last month at 124 million tonnes. Going into the report, most trader and analysts were expecting the Brazil crop to be lowered to

Map: Late Season Snow Improves Saskatchewan Runoff Conditions

Late season snowfalls at the end of March have improved spring runoff conditions in Saskatchewan, even as moisture levels in many areas of the province remain below, or well below normal levels.  In its latest spring runoff update on Friday (see map below), the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency said a mid-March snowstorm increased the expected additional runoff volumes to some degree across southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan.  Much of this area across both provinces was snow free prior to the storm, the report said, adding that how quickly the snow melts will impact how much additional runoff will be experienced. With the area being so dry prior to the snowfall event, if a slow melt occurs, a lot of the water will infiltrate into the soil, it said. Another snowstorm in late March brought 5 to 15 cm of snow across most of eastern Saskatchewan, with the heavier snow falling in the northeastern portions of the grain belt.  A decent snowpack still exists in the Assiniboine

Livestock expansion unlikely until 2025, economists say

Despite some market signals that usually result in expansion, cattle and hog producers are likely to wait until at least 2025. Numbers are down for a variety of reasons in the cattle industry, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing economist with Oklahoma State University. Those factors include drought conditions throughout much of the country. “I haven’t seen anything starting despite these record high prices we’re seeing for calves,” he says. “Those price signals usually get expansion going, but it hasn’t happened yet.” Thousands of cows were culled in 2023 and going into 2024 because of drought. Producers struggled to find adequate grass to maintain the cattle inventory. “They had to make a difficult call,” Peel says. Because of the record prices last year, he says many producers sold heifers to take advantage of that income. Peel says because of that, it’s going to take longer to rebuild the herd. “Last year’s beef cow herd was the lowest we’ve seen since 1961, and

Consistency key to maintaining beef industry value

In the beef industry, consistency is key to just about everything. From sire and A.I. choices to ration options to market opportunities, producers can add value at each production stage based on their decisions. Garrett Englin, cattle buyer for JBS USA, said consistency is key for packers, too. Speaking at the 2024 Feedlot Forum in northwest Iowa, he told attendees how a current trend is helping. “Having cattle at the same size and same weight is key, and the beef-on-dairy crosses help a great deal in reaching and maintaining consistency,” he said in an Iowa State University Extension news release. “Being able to provide the same product to consumers starts with getting similar cattle from producers.” At the 2024 Feedlot Forum sponsored in part by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Englin was asked to talk to the group about the beef-dairy cross that’s becoming very popular. A big part of how this approach works is the narrowing of genetic divers

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