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Nasal spray vaccine more effective against BRD than injection

Vaccines for bovine respiratory disease are more effective when administered via nasal spray than injection, according to a University of Saskatchewan study. Dr. Philip Griebel’s study found vaccines administered at branding (age three to six weeks) and at weaning (age six to seven months) were more effective when given via nasal spray. “Intranasal vaccination at […] Read more

Using genomics to improve cattle

Delta Genomics is working with multiple industry groups on an initiative to make SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) panels more flexible, affordable, and less time consuming, without compromising accuracy. The panels are used to identify animal traits like feed efficiency and carcass quality. Eight partners are now using SNP technology for parentage on a regular basis, […] Read more


SAIT and Olds College upgrade meat program facilities

Dean expects the program to more than double in capacity

In the meat and livestock industry, efficiency leads to increased productivity, which often leads to increased profitability. All three are key factors behind the SAIT meat lab renovations and the Olds College meat-processing lab equipment upgrade. SAIT originally offered a 15-week meat-cutting program strictly focused on the retail meat industry. With the addition of the […] Read more

4-H’s Beef Project website offers e-learning modules

In partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, 4-H Alberta developed an e-learning curriculum for their Beef Project clubs that reflect the changing needs in next-generation learning. The Beef Project, which has 3,200 members, is designed to identify needs for improved knowledge in the beef industry. It has multiple learning modules on topics ranging […] Read more


“We know that this is just the beginning, but once carcass quality standards are established, lamb producers will have more information on their product that they can use for on-farm genetic selection and lamb feeding.” – Manuel Juárez

New carcass evaluation system key to moving lamb industry forward

An accurate evaluation system would be a basis for providing economic incentives for high quality

A key issue with Canadian lamb is the lack of homogeneity among lamb carcasses, resulting in inconsistent size of meat cuts. This is a challenge for retailers and restaurants as they strive to offer a consistent quality product to their customers. This challenge could be solved, in part, with an improved carcass evaluation system, something […] Read more