Ontario Pork - Recently Funded Research
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Recently Funded 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 Cristiane Mesquita at cristiane.mesquita@ontariopork.on.ca.

Recently Funded Research

Improving post-weaning performance of nursery pigs through a feeding system designed to be compatible with normal weaned pig feeding behavior

Project 20-007 - Dr. Tim Blackwell, OMAFRA

This project will imitate multiple hand feedings by adding a special controller to the standard Rondomat nursery feeder. Closely approximating natural feeding behaviour improves piglet vigour after weaning and reduces the need for antimicrobials.

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

Project 20-006 - Dr. 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 - Dr. 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.


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