Dept. of Animal Science

Ms. Janice Pierson will join Macdonald as the General Manager of the Macdonald Campus Farm effective January 9, 2023.

Classified as: Macdonald Campus Farm, Janice Pierson
Published on: 9 Jan 2023

For the third year in a row, the Macdonald Campus Dairy Unit has been awarded the title of Regional Club of Excellence Milk Quality Champion by dairy industry giant Agropur.

Accepting the award at a regional meeting on November 25, Natasha Lapointe, Animal Science Coordinator of the Dairy Unit, credited her team’s commitment to maintaining high standards.

Classified as: Natasha Lapointe, dairy milk, Regional Club of Excellence Milk Quality Champion
Published on: 9 Jan 2023

A herd of approximately two dozen heifers spooked during a thunderstorm has been wandering through the countryside east of Montreal since July. All attempts to capture the heifers have fallen short, and the herd has survived by eating unharvested corn and other field crops and drinking from streams in the area.

Classified as: Elsa Vasseur
Published on: 7 Dec 2022

With an investment of nearly $1 million from the Government of Canada, the Association of Veterinary Practitioners of Quebec will be able to develop a digital tool to anticipate and reduce the risks associated with metabolic diseases in dairy cows which are a major health problem, especially in the post-calving period. Prof. Xin Zhao (AnSci) and Maxime Leduc, BSc(AgEnvSc)’12 an Affiliate Member of the Department of Bioresource Engineering, are participating in the project.

Classified as: Xin Zhao, Maxime Leduc
Published on: 2 Nov 2022

Canadian dairy experts are rethinking their approach to the industry, now recommending that cows have more freedom of movement in order to improve their well-being.

This is a far cry from how dairy farms currently maintain their herds, especially in Quebec. As such, the “Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle”, a reference tool for Canadian dairy producers, is currently under revision.

Classified as: Elsa Vasseur
Published on: 29 Apr 2022

Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, is co-chair of the scientific committee that participated in the development of the new Canadian standards that will require Canadian dairy farmers to implement a new code of on-farm practices that include rearing calves in groups, exercise sessions for cows, and enlarging stalls.

Read the full article (in French) in La Presse.

Classified as: Elsa Vasseur
Published on: 23 Feb 2022

Led by Dr. Sarah Kimmins, Department of Animal Science and Pharmacology and Therapeutics, HISTurn is one of three Prelaunch Phase projects awarded support through the University’s Innovation Fund. This fertility diagnostic technology fills a health needs gap by accurately diagnosing infertility in men and providing clinicians with actionable information to allow them to streamline fertility treatment pathways. The team aims to make the clinical journey for couples inclusive of men and to increase the births of healthy children.

Classified as: Sarah Kimmins
Published on: 2 Feb 2022

Scientists affiliated with McGill were once again well-represented in Québec Science magazine’s annual list of the top 10 scientific discoveries.

Classified as: Sergio Burgos, Ashlin Edick
Published on: 14 Jan 2022
[Authors: Bridget O'Brien is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science (Microbiology & Immunology), and an Honours student with Dr Ronholm. This paper stems from her NSERC USRA research project with Dr Ronholm in the summer 2020; Dr Jennifer Ronholm is an Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Animal Science and Food Science, whose research focuses on the microbiome of food-producing animals]
Classified as: food safety, covid-19, Jennifer Ronholm, food transmission
Published on: 10 Dec 2020

Plus de 450 personnes ont officiellement contracté la bactérie salmonelle de souche Newport au Canada cet été, dont 23 au Québec. Selon l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA), une personne en est possiblement morte, tandis que 66 personnes ont dû être hospitalisées.

...Qu’est-ce que la salmonellose ?

Classified as: salmonella, onions, ognions
Published on: 9 Sep 2020

Jennifer Ronholm, professeure adjointe au Département des sciences animales et au Département des sciences de l’alimentation et de la chimie agricole, nous parle de sécurité au super marché et offre quelques conseils pratiques afin de se protéger du SARS-CoV-2 lorsque vous faites vos courses. Dans le cadre de ses recherches, elle utilise des techniques de séquençage de prochaine génération pour étudier l’effet du microbiome des animaux destinés à la consommation sur la qualité des aliments ainsi que l’effet du microbiome des aliments sur la santé humaine.

Classified as: covid-19, sécurité alimentaire
Published on: 18 Jun 2020

The World Economic Forum created the Young Scientists Community in 2008, to engage leaders with science and the role it plays in society. The class of 2020 represents 25 researchers at the forefront of scientific discovery from 14 countries across the world.

Classified as: World Economic Forum, Research
Published on: 1 Jun 2020

The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), the international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry, recently elected new leaders for the organization's 2020-2021 term that begins in late June.

Classified as: dairy industry
Published on: 14 May 2020

Can food transmit COVID-19? Should we wear masks and gloves while shopping? Should we wipe down groceries? Cash or credit? These questions and more are answered by McGill expert.

Jennifer Ronholm is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed to the Departments of Animal Science and Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Her research interests include using the latest next-generation sequencing techniques to study how the microbiome of food-producing animals affects food quality, as well as how the microbiome of the food we eat affects human health.

Classified as: covid-19, coronavirus, food safety
Published on: 6 May 2020

...La chercheuse Elsa Vasseur, de l’Université McGill, travaille présentement sur un projet de recherche spécifiquement consacré à l’exercice des vaches à l’extérieur, même en hiver. Elle dit que l’industrie et les consommateurs font pression pour que les animaux puissent sortir faire de l’exercice. Il s’agit d’établir les bons paramètres pour le faire, dit-elle. Ses résultats paraîtront dans les prochains mois.


Classified as: vaches, neige
Published on: 6 Mar 2020


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