Current Projects

PROJECT# R 16-5: Opportunities to diversify Ontario wool production and marketing

Applicant: University of Toronto - Dr. Nicole Klenk
Timeline: September 2016 to September 2019


  • needs assessment of the Ontario wool industry to develop communication streams within the supply chain, and connect urban end users with rural wool producers;
  • determining the challenges and opportunities connecting farmers with consumers in urban areas;
  • stimulate the diversification of sheep product income and preserve the cultural landscape and the vitality of Ontario's rural areas.

PROJECT# R16-4: Fibre requirements for market lambs

Applicant: University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus - Dr. Paul Luimes
Timeline: September 2016 to April 2019


  • To determine how varying dietary forage to concentrate ratios affect rumen function as measured by pH and lamb growth performance (feed intake, growth rate, feed efficency and feed cost per unit gain). It is expected to give more accurate information on what level of fibre is required to maintain growth rates in lambs and be better equipped to use by-products and grains more effectively.
  • Investigate which dietary measurements (crude protein, starch, fibre (percentages NDF, ADF eNDF) or particle size (Penn State Shaker system) best predicts rumen pH in lambs wehn fed varying dietary forages to concentrate ratios.

PROJECT # R15-1: Development of a vaccine to protect against Toxoplasma gondii

Applicant: Dr. Sarah Wootton, University of Guelph
Timeline: March 2015 - September 2017

PROJECT # R15-1: Development of a respiratory vaccine for sheep

Applicant: University of Saskatchewan
Timeline: April 2015 - March 2018


  • To identify the causative infectious agents of acute septicaemia and pneumonia deaths in Canadian feeder lambs and to then develop protective vaccines against these infectious agents to reduce morbidity and mortality losses.

PROJECT # R15-3: Investigation of Immune Response of Sheep to Gastrointestinal Nematode

Applicant: Dr. Paula Menzies, University of Guelph
Timeline: April 2015 - March 2018


  • describe the immune response of replacement ewes for gastrointestinal nematode parasite infection, over their first and second grazing seasons in Ontario;
  • identify phenotypic variation in the immune response of these same animals to gastrointestinal nematode parasite infection, particularly to Haemonchus contortus and;
  • identify the relationship between stress and general immune responses of sheep and the immune response to the gastrointestinal parasitism particularly to H. contortus