Ontario Pork - Active Research
Sunday, October 1, 2023

Active Research

Ontario Pork has a call for research proposals once a year. 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 Jessica Fox at jessica.fox@swinehealthontario.ca

Active Research

Greener pig farm models through smarter, energy-efficient and climate-resilient buildings and optimal manure management practices

Project 23-08 - Sébastien Fournel, Université Laval

This project will assess, at the whole-farm level, the economic and environmental impacts of the implementation of innovative technologies and practices dedicated to reducing energy or water use and GHG emissions through the farrow-to-finish cycle.

Improving milk yield of sows and offspring performance: use of novel amino acid blends

Project 23-05 - Lee-Anne Huber, University of Guelph

This project will determine the best time to supplement branched-chain amino acids and arginine and ultimately, indicate whether there is a cost advantage to such feed additives in sow and nursery pig rations to help producers and nutritionists decide whether to include these additives in...

Efficacy, animal welfare, and pharmacokinetic impacts of needle-free administration of iron dextran and meloxicam compared to intramuscular injection in piglets

Project 23-03 - Terri O’Sullivan, University of Guelph

The investigation of the use of needle-free injection device (NFID) technology and its impact on animal welfare, along with the potential to support a more industry-wide adoption of needless technology in nursing piglets, will demonstrate the industry’s commitment to optimizing production...

Improving 4R nutrient stewardship practices for crop production systems currently or previously receiving manures

Project 22-04 - T.Q. Zhang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

To examine 4R nutrient stewardship requirements for cropping systems utilizing chemical fertilizers where manures are also previously or currently applied to minimize waste and potential environmental impacts.

Development of an in vitro / in vivo correlation method to assess the efficiency of oral drug release from oral medications in swine - Phase 1b: Restoring drug release

Project 21-05 - Jérôme Del Castillo, Université de Montréal

Water Holding Capacity of feedstuffs should help refining the formulation of porcine medicated feeds to preserve the therapeutic efficacy of the dietary drugs.

Development of an in vitro / in vivo correlation method to assess the efficiency of oral drug release from oral medications in swine - Phase 2: Water medication

Project 21-03 - Jérôme Del Castillo, Université de Montréal

Phase 2: Water medication. Project extends the range of tested feedstuffs to those used in the manufacturing of early (1st, 2nd) and late (3rd, 4th) phase weaner diets, determine their abilities to bind the drug molecules of water medications for weaner pigs, and determine the reversibility of...

Improvement of feed efficiency in Canadian swine industry through genomics and machine learning

Project 21-01 - Younes Miar, Dalhousie University

Feed is the largest cost of pork production in Canada and therefore improving feed efficiency (FE) is essential to boost the Canadian pig producer profitability. Additionally, improving FE increases industry competitiveness, decreases demand on global feed resources, and complements...

Disruption of swine production and marketing in Ontario due to infectious diseases in swine and human populations: impact and mitigation strategies

Project 20-09 - Zvonimir Poljak, University of Guelph

The overall objective is to construct a simulation model that will estimate production impact of disruption in swine marketing in Ontario and propose mitigation strategies that could minimize impact of such disruptions on swine populations and swine producers.

Development of boar taint detection kits using DNA aptamers for use in commercial packing plants. Phase 1: Lab validation

Project 20-006 - Maria DeRosa, Carleton University

DeRosa has developed aptamers (artificial receptors) for two compounds implicated in boar taint (androstenone and skatole) and a prototype lateral flow device (dipstick test) for use in pig carcass testing. 

Development of evidence-based feeding strategies for lactating sows using novel and evolving feeding technologies

Project 20-002 - Lee-Anne Huber, University of Guelph

Dr. Lee-Anne and team intend to “test improvements” in lactating sow feeding programs and technologies in order to support producers as they consider installing precision feeding technologies for (lactating) sows on-farm.