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Industry and Ranchers

The theme of this newsletter focuses on what’s current and of importance for producers, including new technologies, new projects, and an industry relevant video of the month!


This newsletter focuses on new scientific discoveries and innovative research, locally, nationally, and internationally related to livestock genetics.


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Latest Stories

Pursuing Evidence-based Outcomes in the Beef Industry

William Torres of Cattleland Feedyards at the 2017 Livestock Gentec conference.

The obstacles can be many… and varied… and driven by producer and end-user perceptions. Often, adopting best evidence-based practices is slowed by not knowing what these best practices are and how to apply them, or by a lack of coordination as to how to share their implementation, costs, and benefits across the various links in the supply chain. To view a summary of William's talk, please click here.

The Path to New Zealand

For the past two years, Seyed Ali Goldansaz (known as Ali) has been working primarily on two sheep-based projects. While this might sound unusual for a Gentec student; not so, he says. In fact, it works particularly well because he is enrolled in an interdisciplinary program at UAlberta (faculties of ALES and Science) and co-supervised by Gentec CEO Graham Plastow ...

Mike Lohuis talks to Gentec

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You haven’t been with Semex very long, but what is your role as Vice President, Research and Innovation likely to entail?

“It’s very exciting! This is the first time Semex has had an executive level position focused solely on research and innovation, so it brings new focus on the R&D aspects of our business. It’s important because the industry is changing very quickly, and we need to focus on the technology that’s likely to shape the industry’s future—as developed by in-house and academic partners.”

So what has genomics led to?

“Genomic selection and advanced reproductive technologies have substantially transformed the industry. When I left Canada in 1998, multiple ovulation transfer was already being used to increase the reproductive capacity of elite females. But there was no way to distinguish between full siblings in genetic potential which limited the value of this technology. Since then, it has been interesting to watch as the science around genomic selection evolved to solve that problem and become a reality in the dairy industry.

Simultaneously, ovum pick-up (OPU) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) technologies became a more effective tool to rapidly produce large numbers of offspring from the most elite young females.

Q&As with Mike Lohuis

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What was your role as Director, Environmental Strategy for Agriculture at Monsanto about?

“That role involved research regarding what impact agriculture has on the environment. I was focusing specifically on climate change. For example… What has happened, how it is affecting agriculture, and how agriculture could help mitigate climate change.”

Why would a seed company need somebody to do this?

“Agriculture is the second largest source of emissions on the planet after power generation. Even though GHG-emitting agricultural practices are individually not that significant, they become so simply because agriculture occupies such a wide surface area of our land mass. For example, fertilizers aren’t applied in huge amounts, but they contain compounds such as nitrous oxide, which has 300 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide. And methane has 25 times the warming potential.

Cow-Forage Gentec Tour

The day was meant to educate, and that goal was achieved.

Many attendees expressed how enjoyable their Tour experience was, from the information sessions held on the way to the tours, the lunchtime talk by UC Davis’ Charlie Brummer, to the student posters in the pavilion.

The day was meant to educate, and that goal was achieved. Attendees ranged from producers, academics, and students, to individuals from government and non-profit organizations as well as agriculture-related exhibitors. Everybody had the opportunity to learn about methane gas emissions, overwintering, cow-calf productions, and the pivotal role genetic information plays in agricultural operations.