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Finding a cause for lameness in sheep

Little research on sheep lameness has been done in Canada, but the incidence can be high

Not a lot of work had been done to figure out why sheep go lame, but some Alberta researchers are working to change this. “We would like to develop a strategy to diagnose lame sheep which can later be used to inform best management practices to treat these animals,” said Wiolene Montanari Nordi, at the […] Read more

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein was presented with her outstanding researcher award at the recent Canadian Beef Industry Conference by (left to right) Beef Cattle Research Council science director Reynold Bergen, council vice-chair Matt Bowman, Ken Perlich of Perlich Bros. Auction Market, and research council executive director Andrea Brocklebank.

Lethbridge scientist wins beef industry’s outstanding researcher award

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein is an internationally recognized expert on cattle welfare and behaviour

Agriculture Canada researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein is the winner of the 2017 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The senior research scientist at the Lethbridge Research Centre is an internationally recognized expert on cattle welfare and behaviour. Her research also includes work on early disease detection, feeding behaviour, stress assessment, and acidosis, as […] Read more


Federal research scientist Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein found that cattle begin displaying signs of stress after 28 to 30 hours in transport.

Beef sector questions need for transport rules changes

Officials fear new rules will favour public concerns over scientific evidence

The beef industry is bracing for changes to cattle transport regulations, fearing they might be based on perceptions rather than sound science. Current rules require animals be off-loaded after 48 hours of transport for a minimum of five hours and provided with feed and water, unless they can reach their destination within 52 hours. The […] Read more

“The industry is pretty good at figuring out what works for the cattle,” says researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein.

Study says healthy cattle can manage taxing transport

Researchers find well-conditioned cattle bear up well during transport

A prominent animal welfare group calls it “transport torture,” but a new study has found conditions inside livestock trailers don’t normally have a significant impact on animal health. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada study looked at trailer microclimates during cattle transport. “We thought they might have an impact on the health and morbidity rates once […] Read more


Study examines lameness in feedlot cattle and treatment options

Diagnosing the cause of lameness is not easy and so it’s difficult 
to know how to treat the animal or if culling is the best option

Although feedlot pen riders do a good job of identifying lame cattle needing treatment, there has been very little work done to fully understand lameness in that sector. Knowing the types and prevalence of lameness could help to build better ways to treat and prevent it, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein. “We […] Read more