Current Projects

Opportunities to diversify Ontario wool production and marketing (R16-5)

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

  • needs assessment of the Ontario wool industry to develop communciation 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

Interim report - January 2018

Fibre requirements for market lambs (R16-4)

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 efficiency, 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 when fed varying dietary forages to concentrate ratios.
Development of a vaccine to protect against Toxoplasma gondii (R15-2)

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

Development of a respiratory vaccine for sheep (R15-1)

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

  • to identify the causative infectious agents of acute septicaemia and pneumonia deaths in Canadian feeder lambs
  • to develop protective vaccines against these infectious agents to reduce morbidity and mortality losses
Investigation of immune response of sheep to gastrointestinal nematode (R15-3)

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

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