Elsa Vasseur

Assistant Professor and Industrial Research Chairholder

NSERC/Novalait/Dairy Farmers of Canada/Valacta Industrial

Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle

T: 514-398-7799  | elsa.vasseur [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-087

cowlifemcgill.blogspot.com |     @CowLifeMcGill

 

 

Degrees

BSc Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ISA Lille (2002)
MSc Rural Development (2004) ISA Lille
MSc Animal Behavior (2005) AgroParisTech
PhD Animal Sciences (2009) Université Laval

Awards and Recognitions

NSERC/Novalait/Dairy Farmers of Canada/Valacta Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle (current)
NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program) (2010-2011)

Short Bio

Dr. Elsa Vasseur is the Chairholder of the NSERC/Novalait/Dairy Farmers of Canada/Valacta Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle. She received both her BSc and her first MSc in Rural Development from the Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture (ISA) in Lille, France as well as a second MSc in Animal Behaviour from AgroParisTech in 2005. She then came to Canada where she obtained her PhD in Animal Science from Université Laval in 2009, looking at on-farm assessment tools for the welfare of young dairy animals. After an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, where she worked with some of Canada’s leading researchers in dairy-cattle welfare at the University of British Columbia and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, she took up a research position at the University of Guelph’s Organic Dairy Research Centre on the Alfred Campus, before joining McGill in January 2016 as an Assistant Professor and Industrial Research Chairholder.

In her first 2 years at McGill, Professor Vasseur has been involved in the direction of 36 McGill-based HQP, co-authored 21 peer-review publications and 33 presentations at scientific meetings. Vasseur’s team is present a lot on social media through their blog http://cowlifemcgill.blogspot.ca/p/current-team.html (over 39,000 visitors) and twitter account (@CowLifeMcGill). Vasseur’s team participated to numerous outreach activities and published in extension papers, and many authors published about Vasseur’s research program (total of 28 extension and media pieces or events).

Vasseur’s academic background is multidisciplinary and areas of expertise are plural i) applied animal behaviour science (ethology) for a better understanding of animal needs, ii) the development of outcome measures of welfare for animals in confinement and the links in between those outcomes and the risk factors in housing and management, and iii) study of knowledge and technology transfer methods to encourage adoption of new practices by farmers. Her international interests and experience include a CIDA project in the DR Congo looking at reducing poverty through renewable charcoal-based agroforestry systems; and a most recent mission by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop a framework for the cooperation on livestock between Québec Gv’t and FAO in West Africa (Dakar, Sénégal November 2017).

Active Affiliations

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES AND COMMITTEES

University Level:

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) University LINKs Scheme, McGill Liaison (2017 –)

Faculty Level:

McGill Institute for Global Food Security, Steering Committee Member (2017 -)

Academic:

Adjunct Faculty, Université Laval, Département des sciences animales (since 2013)
Adjunct Faculty, University of Guelph, Animal Bioscience (since 2013)
Special Graduate Faculty, University of Guelph, Department of Population Medicine (since 2011)
Associated Faculty, Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare CCSAW (since 2012)

Scientific:

Steering Committee NSERC CREATE in Milk Quality, Université de Montréal (2017-)
Op+lait group of researchers on milk quality through FRQNT strategic grouping program (2016 -)
Member of the International Society for Applied Ethology ISAE (2007 -), American Dairy Science Association (2011 -), and Canadian Society of Animal Science (2014 -)

Industry, institutional and government committees and consulting:

International

Missioned by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop a framework for the cooperation on livestock between Québec Gv’t and FAO in West Africa (Dakar, Sénégal November 2017)

National

Scientific expert for Canadian Council on Animal Care (2017 -)
Task Force member for CFIA Plant and Animal Health Strategy (2017)
Consulting for Livestock Working Group - Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Organic Agriculture, Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Organic Agriculture (2014)
Nat’l Program Development Team of DFC-NFACC Animal Care Assessment Program (2011-12)

Provincial

Steering committee for Québec Gv’t Stratégie québécoise de santé et de bien-être des animaux (2015 -)
Advisory Committees for Dairy Welfare and Organic Dairy by Valacta (since 2012 - & 2013 -)
Advisory Committee Pro’Action Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), 2014-2016

 

Research Interests

Vasseur and her team will primarily focus their research work for the next 3 years on the NSERC-Novalait-DFC-Valacta IRC on Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle. Three main research themes will be covered (Cf. Figure 1:F Overview of the research program the NSERC-Novalait-DFC-Valacta IRC on Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle. Percentage reflect relative emphasis on time, budget and HQP allocation.):

Theme 1: Cow comfort and Management

The first research theme will focus on producers’ needs to provide a suitable environment for future compliance requirements; another goal is to better understand the needs for animal comfort. As current research on comfort is mostly with free stall systems, it is relevant, to optimize recommendations, to carry out projects with tie-stall systems which are predominant in Quebec and in Canadian dairies. An example of research question is: Could some farming practices compensate for deficient stall configuration?

Theme 2: Cow longevity

The second research theme will focus on the sustainability of the industry in terms of long - term measures of profitability and survival of animals in the herds. Replacement animals and cows in production will be under scrutiny. Projects of this theme will benefit from data collected on the commercial farms and Valacta database. An example of research question is: What is the relationship between rearing and cow cow longevity?

Theme 3: Environment and Society

The third research theme will broaden the perspective on international standards, life cycle analyses, and consumer acceptability. We will validate that the measures to improve cow welfare and longevity are not in contradiction with the overall sustainability (environmental, economic and social) of dairy farming. An example of research question is: Could improving comfort may conflict with improving the environmental footprint?

CowLifeMcGill - Vasseur’s lab (Summer 2017): Brittany Talarico, Daniel Warner, Véronique Boyer, Elsa Vasseur, Tania Wolfe, Erika Edwards, Jessica St John, Santiago Palacio, Sarah McPherson, Liliana Fadul Pacheco, Athena Zambelis, Elyse PerraultCurrent Research

  • NSERC/Novalait/Dairy Farmers of Canada/Valacta Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle, Chairholder: Elsa Vasseur, financed by NSERC, Novalait, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Valacta through NSERC Industrial Research Chair grants (2016-2020)
  • Analysis and automation of injury assessment in dairy cattle, PI: Vasseur, financed by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) through Programme des Initiatives Agririsques — Secteur d’activités de la recherche et du Développement (2017-2018)
  • Développement de bioindicateurs dans le lait pour prédire le niveau de confort et de santé (Transl. Development of comprehensive biomarkers in milk to predict dairy cow welfare), PI: Elsa Vasseur, financed by Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) in coll. with CRIBIQ, Novalait and Valacta through Programme de recherche en partenariat, and matching grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) program (2016-2019)
  • Outil d'évaluation coûts-bénéfices de bonnes pratiques d'élevage pour le bien-être des vaches laitières (Transl. Costs-benefits evaluation tool for the implementation of best practices leading to improving dairy cattle welfare), PI : Elsa Vasseur, financed by Ministère Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation (MAPAQ) (QC) through Innov’Action program (2016-2019)
  • Valorisation des données générées par les robots de traite pour appuyer la gestion de troupeau (Transl. Valorisation of AMS databases for improved management), PI: Elsa Vasseur, postdoctoral scholarchip (co-applicant: Liliana Fadul-Pacheco, Postdoc candidate McGill U), financed by Mitacs through Elevate program, in coll. with Valacta (2016-2018)
  • Effect of exercise and stall modifications on cow comfort and performance in tie-stall farms (Activity D.43.74), PI: Elsa Vasseur, , financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada through AgriScience Clusters programs, Growing Forward 2 (2014-2018)
  • Improving profitability by early selection, PI: Édith Charbonneau, U Laval, financed by CRIBIQ and Novalait and Valacta through Projets bioalimentaires - production and transformation laitière, and matching grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) program (2017-2020)
  • Développement d'un indice global de bien-être animal à partir des données de contrôle laitier (Transl. Development of a cow welfare index based on DHI data), PI: Daniel Lefebvre, Valacta Inc., financed by Ministère Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation (MAPAQ) (QC) through Programme de développement sectoriel (2016-2018)
  • Development of sustainable alternative sources of bedding for dairy cows (Activity D.42.73), PI: Renée Bergeron, University of Guelph, financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada through AgriScience Clusters programs, Growing Forward 2 (2014-2018)
  • Bioactive products from plants and control of internal and external parasites in large ruminants (Activity D.45.71), PI: Simon Lachance, University of Guelph-Kemptville Campus, financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada through AgriScience Clusters programs, Growing Forward 2 (2014-2018)
  • Innovative feeding and best management practices for the very young dairy calf to improve calf performance (Activity P11), PI: Derek Haley, University of Guelph, financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada through AgriScience Clusters programs, Growing Forward 2 (2013-2018)
  • Better animal welfare leads to improved animal health and longevity and economic advantages to dairy producers (Activity P10), PI: Doris Pellerin, Université Laval, financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada through AgriScience Clusters programs, Growing Forward 2 (2013-2018)
  • Automatic Milking Systems: factors affecting health, productivity and welfare (Activity P10), PI: Ed Pajor, University of Calgary, financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada through AgriScience Clusters programs, Growing Forward 2 (2013-2018)

Courses

AGRI 215 Agro-Ecosystems Field Course 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANSC 555 The Use and Welfare of Animals 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AEBI 423 Sustainable Land Use 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

*The Use and Welfare of Animals (ANSC 555), will be offered as Special Topics in Winter 2018, and as part of the curriculum for late undergraduate and graduate students in Winter 2019

Select Publications

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Articles in refereed publications (last 2 years)

Papers (4) resulting from Vasseur’s McGill research:

1. Vasseur E*. (2017). Invited Symposium Paper: Optimizing outcome measures of welfare in dairy cattle assessment.Journal of Animal Science. 95: 1365-1371.

2. Palacio S*, Lensink J, and Vasseur E. (in review). Two common knowledge and technology transfer methods and their strengths and limitation sin encouraging change to improve animal welfare: a review. Animal Welfare.No. G2133.

3. Shepley E*, Berthelot M, and Vasseur E. (2017). Technical Note: Monitoring behavior in dairy cows housed in tie-stall: validation of the ability of a 3D pedometer to accurately determine step activity.Agriculture.7: 53.

4. Palacio S*, Peignier L, Pachoud C, Nash C, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D, DeVries T, and Vasseur E. (2017). Technical Note: Assessing lameness in tie-stalls using live stall lameness scoring. Journal of Dairy Science. 100: 5677-6582.

Papers (7) resulting from Vasseur’s research as Lead (or co-Lead) since appointment at McGill:

5. Higginson Cutler J, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Gibbons J, Orsel K, Pajor E, Solano L, Pellerin D, Haley D, and Vasseur E*. (2017). Producer estimates of prevalence and perceived importance of lameness in dairy herds with tie-stalls, free-stalls and automated milking systems.Journal of Dairy Science. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2017-13008.

6. Shepley E, Bergeron R, Bécotte F, and Vasseur E*. (2017). Short Communication: Dairy cow preference for outdoor exercise during winter under Eastern Canada climatic conditions.Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 97: 1-5.

7. Wormsbecher L, Bergeron R, Haley D, de Passillé A M, Rushen R, and Vasseur E*. (2017). A method of outdoor housing dairy calves in pairs using individual calf hutches.Journal of Dairy Science.100:7493-7506.

8. Shepley E, Bergeron R, and Vasseur E*. (2017). Invited Paper: Daytime access to pasture vs. free-stall barn in dairy cows with year- long outdoor experience: A case study. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 192:10-14.

9. Franco-Gendron N, Bergeron R, Curilla W, DeVries T, Conte S, and Vasseur E*. (2016). Investigation of dairy cattle ease of movement on new methyl methacrylate resin aggregate floorings.Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 8231-40.

10. Wolfe T, Vasseur E, de Vries T, and Bergeron R*. (in press). Effects of alternative deep bedding options on dairy cow preference, lying behavior, injuries, cleanliness and teat end contamination.Journal of Dairy Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2016-12358

11. Ouellet V, Vasseur E, Heuwieser W, Burfeind O, Maldague X, and Charbonneau E*. (2016). Evaluation of calving indicators measured by automated devices to predict the onset of calving in Holstein dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 1539-48.

Papers (10) resulting from Vasseur’s research as Collaborator since appointment at McGill:

12. Charlton G L, Bouffard V, Gibbons J, Vasseur E, Haley D B, Pellerin D, Rushen J, and de Passillé A M.* (2016). Invited paper: Can automated measures of lying time help assess lameness and leg lesions on tiestall dairy farms?. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 175: 14-22.

13. Nash C, Kelton D, Vasseur E, DeVries T, Parent D, Pellerin D, Carrier K, Pajor E, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Coe J, and Haley D*. (in review). A survey of practices implemented to improve cow comfort on Canadian dairy farms, following a cow comfort assessment.Journal of Dairy Science. #JDS-16-12317.R1.

14. Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D*. (in press). Is the profitability of Canadian freestall farms associated with their performance on an animal welfare assessment?. Journal of Dairy Science. #JDS-17-13315.R1

15. Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, and Pellerin D*. (in press). Is the profitability of Canadian tiestall farms associated with their performance on an animal welfare assessment?. Journal of Dairy Science. #JDS-17-13316.R1.

16. Bouffard V, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Vasseur E, Nash C, Haley D, and Pellerin D*. (2017). Impact of following recommendations for tie stall configuration on neck and leg lesions, lameness, cleanliness and lying time in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 100: 2935-2943.

17. Solano L, Barkema H, Pajor E, Mason S, LeBlanc S, Zaffino Heyerhoff J, Nash C, Haley D, Pellerin D, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, and Orsel K*. (2016). Associations between lying time behavior and lameness in Canadian Holstein-Friesian cows in freestall barns.Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 2086-101.

18. Westin R, Vaughan A, de Passillé A M, DeVries T J, Pajor E A, Pellerin D, Siegford J M, Vasseur E, and Rushen J*. (2016). Lying times of lactating cows on dairy farms with automatic milking systems and the relation to lameness, leg lesions and body condition score.Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 551-561.

19. Nash C, Kelton D, DeVries T, Vasseur E, Coe J, Heyerhoff Zaffino J C, Bouffard V, Pellerin D, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, and Haley D*. (2016). Prevalence of and risk factors for hock and knee injuries on dairy cows in tiestall housing in Canada. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 6494-6506.

20. Westin R, Vaughan  A, de Passillé A M, DeVries T J, Pajor E A, Pellerin D, Siegford J M, Witaifi A, Vasseur E, and Rushen J*. (2016). Cow and farm-level risk factors for lameness on dairy farms with automated milking systems. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 3732-3743.

21. Villettaz Robichaud M, de Passillé A M, Pearl D L, LeBlanc S J, Godden S M, Pellerin D, Vasseur E, Rushen J, and Haley D B.* (2016). Calving management practices on Canadian dairy farms: Prevalence of practices. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 2391-2404.

Presentations at scientific meetings

Organization of a scientific colloquium

1. Vasseur co-organized with artic ethologist Elliott, Natural Ressource Sciences, McGill, a scientific colloquium within the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017. Scientific colloquium was named:  204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), and hosted on May 12, 2017.

Discussion panel

2. Vasseur was a member of a discussion panel at the scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

Chair

3. Vasseur was Chair for the session ‘Sustainability and Animal Welfare’ at the 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

4. Vasseur was Chair for the session ‘Animal Behaviour and Well-Being’ at the 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Invited presentations

5. Vasseur E*. 2017. New research initiative on the comfort, longevity and sustainable life of dairy cattle. Invited presentation at Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network (CBMQRN), May 8, 2017. Montreal, QC.

6. Vasseur E*. 2016. Perspective on sustainable life of dairy cattle. Invited presentation at the Young Women's Veterinarian Association (YWVA) World Annual Meeting, Oct 6, 2016, Montréal, QC

7. Vasseur E*. 2016. Optimizing outcome measure of welfare in dairy cattle assessment. Invited presentation at the Animal Behavior and Well-Being Symposium titled “Metrics for On-Farm Animal Welfare Assessment–Current State and Future Needs” held at the American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting, July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT; J Anim Sci doi:10.2527/jam2016-0097

Scientific presentations

Papers (13) resulting from Vasseur’s McGill research:

8. Palacio S, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D, DeVries T, and Vasseur E*. 2017. A sustainable management option for tie-stall farms: providing year-long exercise helps improve dairy cow welfare. 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

9. St John J*, Rushen J, and Vasseur E. 2017. What is the effect of new tie-rail height and forward positions based on the cow neck line on ruminating and feeding behaviors of dairy cows housed in tie-stalls? 51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology August 7-10, 2017, Aarhus, Danemark.

10. Shepley E*, Berthelot M, and Vasseur E. 2017. Validation of the ability of a 3D pedometer to accurately determine number of steps in dairy cows when housed in tie-stall. 51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology August 7-10, 2017, Aarhus, Danemark.

11. St John J*, and Vasseur E. 2017. Analyse de photos pour détecter l’apparition et suivre l’évolution du niveau de blessures corporelles chez la vache laitière (Transl. Photo analysis to detect the occurrence and follow the evolution of the level of body injury in the dairy cow). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

12. Fadul-Pacheco L*, and Vasseur E. 2017. Récupération et analyse de données massives en provenance des systèmes de traite informatisés (STI) pour le développement d’indicateurs de performance et de bien-être chez la vache laitière (Transl. Recovery and analysis of mass data from computerized milking systems (ITS) for the development of performance and welfare indicators in dairy cows). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

13. Stecko P*, and Vasseur E. 2017. Suivre l’utilisation que la vache laitière fait de son espace à la stalle à l’aide de technologies de biotracking (Transl. Follow the use that the dairy cow makes of her space at the stall using biotracking technologies). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

14.Boyer V*, and Vasseur E. 2017. Utilisation de collecteurs d’activité pour mesurer les comportements alimentaire et de rumination chez les vaches laitières (Transl. Use of activity loggers to measure feeding and ruminating behavior in dairy cows). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017, Montreal, QC.

15. Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, Vasseur E. 2017. Effects of stall improvement and regular exercise on body injuries of cows housed in tie-stall. 10th Annual CCSAW Research Symposium, May 10, 2017, Guelph, ON. p28

16. Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, Vasseur E. 2017. The effects of access to pasture, winter exercise, and modified stalls on the welfare and behaviours of dairy cows kept in tie-stalls. 13th ISAE North-American Regional Meeting. May 12-13, 2017, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA.

17. Vasseur E*, Rushen R, de Passillé A M, and Pellerin D. 2016. How to make sure cows age well: incorporating economics, environment and welfare for truly sustainable animal farming. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK.

18. Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E. 2016. Can regular exercise and more comfortable stalls improve cleanliness and lameness in tie-stall dairy cows? 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT. #461

19. Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E. 2016. Effect of stall improvement and regular exercise on body injuries of cows housed in tie-stall. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. p248.

20. Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E. 2016. How much can different aspects of dairy cow welfare be improved by providing yearlong exercise to dairy cows kept in tie-stalls? 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #46

Papers (6) resulting from Vasseur’s research as Lead (or co-Lead) since appointment McGill:

21. Shepley E*, Vasseur E, and Bergeron R. 2016. Daytime pasture vs. free-stall barn access: What do dairy cows with year-long outdoor experience prefer? 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT. #460

22. Shepley E*, Vasseur E, and Bergeron R. 2016. Would organic dairy cows with year-long outdoor experience choose to spend time at pasture over their free-stall barn? 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #47

23. Ferland J, Vasseur E, Duplessis M*, Pajor E A, and Pellerin D. 2016. Economic impact of introducing automatic milking system on Canadian dairy farms. 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT. #1246

24. Brunette (Wolfe) T, Vasseur E, Devries T and Bergeron R*. 2016. Effects of alternative deep bedding options on dairy cow preference, lying behaviour, injuries and hygiene. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. p248.

25. Brunette (Wolfe) T, Vasseur E, Devries T and Bergeron R*. 2016. Switchgrass as an alternative bedding for dairy cows housed in tie-stalls. 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #48

26. Lachance S*, Vasseur E, Shepley E, Saha S, and Bergeron R. 2016. Plant bioactive products and internal and external parasite control in dairy production. 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #49

Papers (7) resulting from Vasseur’s research as Collaborator since appointment at McGill:

27. Bouffard V, de Passillé A M*, Rushen J, Vasseur E, Nash C, Haley D B, and Pellerin D. 2017. Impact of following recommendations for tie stall configuration on neck and leg lesions, lameness, cleanliness and lying time in dairy cows. 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

28. Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J*, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, and Pellerin D. 2017. Is compliance with animal welfare standards associated with improved profitability on Canadian tie-stall dairy farms? 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

29. Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E*, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D. 2017. Association between animal welfare standards and farm profitability on Canadian freestall dairies. 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

30. Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D*. 2017. Associations between on-farm animal welfare indicators, farm productivity, and profitability on Canadian freestall dairies. 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting. June 25-28, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. #M55

31. Burnett T A*, Westin R, Vasseur E, Pellerin D, Haley D B, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, and Cerri R L A. 2017. Factors of cow comfort associated with herd-level reproductive outcomes on Canadian dairy farms. 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting. June 25-28, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. #T186

32. Armstrong A*, Roche S, Vasseur E, Godkin A, Kelton D, and Haley D. 2016. A focus farms approach to motivating dairy farmers to improve animal welfare. Annual Animal Welfare Research Symposium of CCSAW. Guelph, Canada  May 11, 2016. p7.

33. Westin R, de Passillé A M*, DeVries T J, Pajor E A, Pellerin D, Siegford J M, Vasseur E, and Rushen J. 2016. Automated measures of lying behaviour of dairy cows detect welfare problems on farms with automated milking systems. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. p391.

Extension presentations and media

Extension meetings

Keynote talk

1. Vasseur E*. 2016. New research initiative on comfort, longevity and sustainable life of dairy cattle. Keynote talk at Novalait Technological Forum 2016. Jun 2, 2016, Longueuil, QC;

Invited presentation

2. Vasseur E*. 2017. Une analyse de lait pour prédire le bien-être et la santé des vaches? Invited presentation at AGA Novalait. Nov 6, 2017. Brossard, QC.

3. Vasseur E* & Bergeron R*. 2016. Effet de l'exercice et du confort à la stalle sur la condition des vaches en stabulation entravée. Étude sur les litières alternatives. Invited presentation at Colloque lait biologique 2016. Feb 10, 2016. Saint-Agapit, QC.

Discussion panel

4. Vasseur was a member of a panel on prioritization of research topics for organic dairy sector, organized as part of Organic Science Cluster II Conference, Sep 21, 2016, Longueuil, QC

Chair

5. Vasseur was Chair of the session ‘Coup de chapeau 2017’ at the annual meeting of Québec Gv’t Stratégie québécoise de santé et de bien-être des animaux 2017, October 19, 2017. Québec city, QC.

Presentations

6. St John J*, Rushen J, Adam S and Vasseur E. 2017. Que lest l’impact du positionnement de barre d’attache suivant la pente naturelle du cou sur le bien-êre des vaches laitièeres en stabulation entravée? Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2017. Drummondville, Canada Oct 24, 2017.

7. Villettaz Robichaud M*, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, and Pellerin D. 2017. Optimiser le bien-être des vaches pour améliorer la productivité et la rentabilité. Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2017. Drummondville, Canada Oct 24, 2017.

8. Ferland J*, Vasseur E, Duplessis M, Pajor E A, and Pellerin D. 2016. Impacts socio-économiques de la transition vers un système de traite automatisée dans les fermes canadiennes. (Transl. Economic impact of introducing automatic milking system on Canadian dairy farms.) Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2016. Drummondville, Canada Oct 27, 2016.

9. Palacio S, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E*. 2016. Comment le bien-être des vaches laitières en stabulation entravée peut-il être amélioré par des modifications simples apportées à la configuration des stalles et l’accès régulier à l’exercice? (Transl. How much can different aspects of dairy cow welfare be improved by providing yearlong exercise to dairy cows kept in tie-stalls?) Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2016. Drummondville, Canada Oct 27, 2016.

Extention papers and other outreach activities

Organization and participation in large public events

1. Vasseur and team* organized a large public event within the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017. The large public event named:  De l’étable à la table (Transl. From barn to fork) was the only event of Acfas 2017 hosted on Macdonald Campus, and was hosted at McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm on May 8, 2017.

2. Vasseur and team* participated and presented IRC’s research to 2017 edition of annual open barn event organized by UPA (Union des producteurs agricoles) hosted at McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm on September 11, 2016.

Participation to producers-oriented events

3. Vasseur and team* participated and presented IRC’s research activities at INPACQ 2016 hosted at Y. Lampron & Fils Inc. dairy farm, Mauricie, QC on July 22, 2016.

4. Vasseur and team* hosted and presented IRC’s research activities to Holstein Quebec group at McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm on July 19, 2017.

5. Vasseur and team* participated and presented IRC’s research activities to Holstein Quebec Provincial Convention 2017 hosted at McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm in February, 2017.

Presentations to the community and panel participation

6. Vasseur E*.2017. How to make sure cows age well. McGill 4 O’ Clock Forum Seminar Series at Macdonald Campus, on November 30, 2017

7. Vasseur E*. 2016. How to make sure cows age well. McGill Sustainability Sciences and Technologies Initiative (SSTI) Lightening Event at Macdonald Campus, on November 8, 2016

8. Vasseur E*. 2016. Oral presentation and exchange with CEGEP students as part of Let's talk sustainability! CEGEP Symposium, November 5, 2016, Concordia University, Lyola Campus, Montréal, QC

9. Vasseur E* and Palacio S*. 2016. Farm animal welfare: where are we and how do we drive change? McGill Food for Thought at Macdonald Campus, on October 18, 2016

10. Vasseur E*. 2016. Member of panel of discussion on Communicating science to the public name ‘Big words, big misunderstandings’ organized by McGill Library, Sep 22, 2016, McGill University, Macdonald Campus, QC

Participation in radio programs

11. Vasseur* participates to radio show by journalist Mathieu Dugal as part of Radio Canada-CBC technology-oriented program La Sphere on June 17, 2017 in Montreal, QC. Les Drones et la vaches connectées. radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/la-sphere/episodes/383630/audio-fil-du-samedi-17-juin-2017/2

12. Vasseur* participates to radio show by journalist Francis Reddy as part of Radio Canada-CBC food-oriented program Bien dans son assiette on May 31, 2016 in Montreal, QC. La vache sous le regard des chercheurs. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/bien_dans_son_assiette/2015-2016/archives.asp?date=2016/05/31&indTime=1476&idmedia=7537698

Extension papers

13. Shepley E, Bergeron R, and Vasseur E*. 2017. Les vaches préfèrent-elles le pâturage? Le producteur de lait québécois, Mai 2017. pp30-32

14. Vasseur E*, and Bélanger V. 2016. Une chaire vouée à la vie durable des bovins laitiers. Le producteur de lait québécois, Juin 2016. pp48-50

15. Palacio S, Vasseur E*, Bergeron R, and Lachance S. 2016. Une ombrière mobile pour améliorer le confort au pâturage? Le producteur de lait québécois, Mai 2016. pp34-36

Other authors/journalists talk/write about Vasseurs's IRC research program

Video capsule

16. Video capsule prepared by Novalait’s KTT coordinator Valérie Bélanger, Novalait on Vasseur’s IRC. Vasseur*, along with graduate students Shepley* and St John*, and PDF Fadul Pacheco* were interviewed on February 9, 2017. https://youtu.be/7vJsiNwMzJM

17. Video capsule of Vasseur*’s talk at McGill Sustainability Sciences and Technologies Initiative (SSTI) Lightening Event on November 8, 2016 https://youtu.be/j032-797RB8

18. Video capsule prepared by MAPAQ on Vasseur’s IRC. Vasseur* was interviewed as part of annual meeting of Stratégie québécoise de santé et de bien-être des animaux on October 25, 2016. https://youtu.be/3lXsbsMCk7s

Journal articles

19. Journal article by Novalait’s KTT coordinator Valérie Bélanger. Démarrage de deux nouveaux projets de recherche financés par Novalait. Presents Vasseur’s project on health and welfare biomarker financed through CRIBIQ-Novalait-Valacta FRQNT and NSERC CRD grant. Le producteur de lait québécois, Juin 2017. pp42-43

20. Journal article. Portrait chairholder Elsa Vasseur & barn manager McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm Chantal Charette. Interview by journalist Mario Séguin. Progressive Dairyman – en français. March 2017. p19-23.

21. Journal article by journalist Pauline Gravel, La Presse. Jane Goodall met l’élevage animal intensif au pilori. Interview of Vasseur at Young Women's Veterinarian Association (YWVA) World Annual Meeting published October 7, 2016.

Web articles

22. Web article by Radio Canada-CBC. L’intelligence artificielle jusque dans les étables. Interview of Vasseur as a follow-up of participation to radio show by journalist Mathieu Dugal as part of Radio Canada-CBC technology-oriented program La Sphere. Les Drones et la vaches connectées. Published online June 21, 2017.

23. Web article by La Terre de Chez Nous. Une ombrière mobile pour améliorer le confort au pâturage, based on Palacio and Vasseur extension papier in Le producteur de lait québécois. Published online on May 11, 2017.

24. Web article by Marie-Josée Parent, le Bulletin des agriculteurs. Mieux comprendre la transition vers le robot. Interview of undergraduate Ferland at Symposium des bovins laitiers 2016 published online January 3, 2017.

25. Web article by Marie-Josée Parent, le Bulletin des agriculteurs. L’exercice et la modification des stalles sont bénéfiques pour les vaches. Interview of graduate student Boyer (who was presenting PhD Palacio’s work at Symposium des bovins laitiers 2016) published online December 27, 2016.

26. Web article by Bélisle Solution R&D Shyam Baurhoo in La Vie Agricole. L’université McGill accueille une nouvelle Chaire de recherche industrielle sur la vie durable des bovins laitiers, published online May 31, 2016.

27. Webarticle by Marie-Josée Parent, le Bulletin des agriculteurs. 1,8 M$ pour le confort des bovins, published online May 13, 2016.

28. Webarticle by McGill reporter Kathryn Jezer-Morton, McGill Reporter. Portrait chairholder Elsa Vasseur. When the cows come home, how long will they stay? published online May 2, 2016.