Monday, April 23, 2018

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Ontario Pork has a call for research proposals twice a year (fall and spring). These projects were approved for funding by the board on recommendation of the research committee. If you have questions or need further information about the research posted here please contact Kathy Zurbrigg at

Precision Feeding of Gestating Sows: Use of Electronic Sow Feeders to Reduce Feed Costs and Nutrient Losses into the Environment, While Improving Sow Productivity and Welfare

Project 16-004 - Researchers: Ira Mandell and Lee-Ann Huber, University of Guelph

The ultimate goal of this work is to examine how sow management using ESF can influence lifetime sow productivity and retention in the herd, and carry-over effects on to her progeny.

Nitrogen Requirements and Utilization in Growing Pigs: Research into reduced feed costs and environmental impact of nitrogen

Project 11-005 - Lead Researcher: Kees de Lange, University of Guelph

Feed costs are the single largest contributor to the cost of pork production.  After energy, amino acids and protein are the largest contributors to nutrient costs of pig diets. Researchers at the University of Guelph investigated the digestibility and efficiency of feeding growing pigs...

Development of evidence-based mental health literacy program and emergency mental health response model for Ontario agriculture

Project 16-014 - Lead researcher: Andrea Jones-Bitton, University of Guelph

Farming is recognized as a stressful occupation both in the routine daily tasks and during an emergency. For livestock producers, disease outbreaks can have significant economic and emotional consequences stemming from the loss of production and the loss of animals through mortalities and the...

Comparison of single timed artificial insemination (AI) in gilts using OvuGel-ELANCO (triptorelin acetate) or PG600-MERCK (eCG/pLH) to synchronize ovulation

Project 16-003 - Lead Researcher: Bob Friendship

Optimal sow fertility is during the 24-hour period before ovulation. Use of the ovulation synchronization protocols may be a good tool for producers looking for options to improve overall herd reproductive performance or reduce their time in the breeding barn

Canadian Health Claim Feasibility Assessment Report for Pork Products

Project:13-008 - Researchers: Krista Coventry-Nutrasource Diagnostics

Identifying possible opportunities to make health claims and the steps needed to position pork as a healthful and nutritious protein option may be one way to promote and increase domestic pork consumption. In particular a proven health claim to pork could be used to contest recent research...

Assessing the efficacy of ketoprofen and meloxicam when mixed with iron dextran on pain relief following castration in piglets

Project 16-011-Lead researcher: Terri O’Sullivan

The Canadian Code of Practice for the Handling and Care of Pigs states that pigs are to receive analgesics (pain control medication) to control post-procedural pain. The pain control medications ketoprofen (Anafen®) and meloxicam (Metacam®), are approved for use in pigs in Canada. The...

An investigation into the effects of in-feed zinc oxide on antimicrobial resistant bacteria

Project 13-011 - Lead Researcher: Bob Friendship

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacteria that is the leading cause of skin infections and pneumonia in people. The increase in drug-resistant bacteria such as Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have increased the burden on healthcare systems due to an inability to find an...