This little piggy went to market

How well do weaned piglets cope with stress during transport? Western Canada exports large numbers of weaned piglets each year, but the effects of these transports on piglets’ health and welfare is poorly understood.

WCVM researchers receive $5.6-million for advanced diagnostics research

The future of diagnostic testing for livestock disease could fit into the palm of your hand.

Bacteria-killing molecules may be key to new mastitis therapy

A Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researcher and his team are taking a molecular approach to finding a new way of treating a common health issue in the dairy industry.

New 'pig code' has enhanced swine welfare

Canada’s swine sector has made a lot of progress in enhancing the welfare and well-being of pigs raised in this country, says Manitoba swine veterinarian Dr. Blaine Tully.

Veterinarian looking at ways to manage TB in northern bison herd

A Parks Canada scientist is conducting research on bovine tuberculosis in bison to improve diagnosis of the disease and to develop better vaccines. This research is conducted in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Bison Association.

Playing ‘bee’ to study pesticide effects

Pretending to be a honey bee is a lot of work, but researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have proved they’re up for the challenge.

WCVM scientists awarded nearly $1.5 million in research funding

Researchers linked to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have been awarded $1,495,000 to address a wide range of issues including preventing pregnancy loss in horses, evaluating tick-borne diseases, and protecting pigs from influenza A infection.

USask researchers awarded nearly $11 M in natural sciences, engineering grants

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded nearly $11 million to tackle wide-ranging and critically important issues including cannabis, water quality, and swine flu.

Merck Animal Health announces $250K investment to advance livestock and forage research

The University of Saskatchewan today announced details of a 10-year, $250,000 investment from Merck Animal Health for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) – a visionary research facility located southeast of Saskatoon.

Vaccine development speeding up at USask

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is embracing new technology.

New policies needed to combat grain fungus of cattle

USask research has shown that beef cows that ate ergot-contaminated feed showed signs of poisoning even at concentrations deemed safe by Canadian livestock guidelines, and after a short-term exposure to the toxin.

Water quality research first project in state-of-the-art metabolism barn and labs

The first scientific study in the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Metabolism Barn at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence will identify how different levels of sulphates in water affect beef cattle.

Llama drama: Research into the mechanics of llama ovulation reveals a rare tumour

All it took was one ultrasound image to change all of our plans. I was part of a research team from the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) investigating how llamas ovulate. The season was just gearing up and we were doing the usual reproductive-function exams on the 25 research llamas at the college’s llama and alpaca farm near Saskatoon.

Boehringer Ingelheim forges partnership with USask Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

The University of Saskatchewan has announced a five-year partnership and $250,000 contribution from research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. that will support advancements in innovation and leadership at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).

Vet’s world built on community connections

Relationships and trust — these two words sum up the core values that have guided Dr. Tom Schmidt throughout his veterinary career. Since his graduation from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1989, Schmidt has been a trusted clinician, adviser and friend to his clients in the North Battleford area.

Agriculture integral part of vet’s work and life

Most people know Dr. Andrew (Andy) Acton first and foremost as the owner-operator of Deep South Animal Clinic in Ogema, Sask., a mixed-animal practice where he spends his days working to make both small and large animals alike live happy, healthy lives.

Collaborative research is the key to the LFCE

The newest kid on the block for researchers at the University of Saskatchewan is a world-class facility that brings together under one roof all aspects of raising livestock in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

Big on beef, passionate for poultry

They are both passionate about animal welfare and about research advancements to improve the agriculture industry.

Vet’s work in ag industry powered by education and research

At the first job she ever held as a veterinarian, Dr. Leigh Rosengren remembers her boss telling her that he was going to keep piling things onto her plate until she cried — only then would he take one item off.

Is temperament linked to stress in beef cattle?

Understanding how cattle behaviour relates to productivity, immune status and welfare is a key research focus for Dr. Diego Moya, beef cattle ethologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence celebrates grand opening

On Oct. 9, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and its partners launched the $38-million Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a world-class complex of field and science laboratories that will be a powerhouse for innovative research, teaching and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production.

U of S appoints new director for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has appointed Kris Ringwall as the new director of its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), a powerhouse for innovative research, teaching and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production.

How a new vaccine could save cattle herds – and livelihoods

For 10,000 years, the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides has infected goats, cows and other livestock, annihilating entire herds in days.

Saliva test could lead to better parasite control

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are looking for a more accurate way to detect internal parasites in beef cattle by looking at the animals’ saliva.

Toe tip necrosis painful problem among feedlot cattle

Toe tip necrosis syndrome (TTNS), a painful disease that mainly affects the hind feet of cattle, was once thought to be a rare occurrence in North American feedlots.

Poultry powers B.C. vet’s career

For many people, poultry is simply another option in a long line of dinner ideas. But for Dr. Stewart J. Ritchie, president of Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd. and S.J. Ritchie Research Farms Ltd., chickens (feathers) are a way of life.

U of S student receives prestigious international award

A University of Saskatchewan PhD student in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is one of five recipients worldwide of the inaugural BioOne Ambassador Award announced today.

Safeguarding food supply key part of B.C. vet’s role

When most people think of veterinarians, it’s likely that their first thoughts include a dog or cat — maybe even a horse — being nursed back to health and returned to its relieved owner.

Study shows signs of Cache Valley virus in Saskatchewan

A recent baseline study at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) indicates a high prevalence of antibodies against Cache Valley virus (CVV) in Saskatchewan sheep as well as in other domestic and wild animals living in the province.

U of S prof receives prominent international animal science award

On June 4, University of Saskatchewan professor H.A. (Bart) Lardner received the Extension Award from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).

Pigs came calling for WCVM graduate

When Dr. Blaine Tully graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), it was a given that he would return to his home province of Manitoba. Home and family beckoned.

WCVM scientists develop vaccine for lethal poultry virus

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have developed a vaccine that can prevent inclusion body hepatitis (IBH), a particularly lethal virus that affects the poultry industry by causing sudden death to young broilers — chickens that are bred and raised for meat production.

Lambs and calves help prepare students for practice

Fourth-year veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have many different options when choosing their clinical rotations, and with each rotation, they gain valuable hands-on experience. But WCVM reproduction specialists Drs. Colin Palmer and Dinesh Dadarwal thought something was missing from the list: a neonatal rotation focusing on ruminants.

Playtime for piglets

It’s playtime for piglets at the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC), where Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researcher Dr. Yolande Seddon hopes to find out whether piglets that play are better able to cope with life’s stresses.

Do female pigs want to get fit or full?

Do stall-housed sows want to exercise? Or are they happy staying put and eating more? That’s one question swine ethologist Dr. Yolande Seddon and a team of researchers are working to answer.

U of S researcher awarded $2 million to study swine welfare

University of Saskatchewan researcher Yolande Seddon, working with 14 industry partners, has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in swine welfare worth nearly $2 million in total.

Scientists strive to revive Canada’s wood bison herds

Straddling the boundary between northern Alberta and the southernmost tip of the Northwest Territories lies Wood Buffalo National Park, the widest-reaching patch of federally-protected wilderness in all of Canada.

Moya targets better welfare, productivity balance for beef cattle

In early January, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) welcomed its new beef cattle ethologist — Dr. Diego Moya — to the college’s team of large animal specialists.

The world’s most expensive pig disease

For pig producers around the world, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically devastating and dreaded diseases.

Could brushes give clues to cattle health?

Could the grooming behaviours of dairy cows be used to tip off the farmer that a cow's not feeling well?

Farm-to-fork link changes face of dairy

Growing up on a mixed farm outside of Regina, Sask. inspired a passion for agriculture in Janna Moats at an early age.

Preg-checking may boost producer's profit

Record high cattle prices. A declining Canadian dollar. Drought across Alberta and Saskatchewan. While these headlines might not grab the attention of veterinarians at first, there are very good reasons for them to pick up a paper. All of these issues have a huge impact on a cow-calf producer's bottom line.

Scientists seek definitive ergot diagnostics

Every summer a vast mosaic of grain crops blossoms across the Canadian prairies. But once they begin flowering, these plants become susceptible to Claviceps spp., fungi that are the source of major problems for the agriculture industry and the focus of a Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) research study.

Cause of bovine digital dermatitis elusive

For more than four decades, a painful disease has plagued dairy cattle – and a team of Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researchers are rethinking the causative agent.

Pig proponent joins U of S

Early in her academic career Yolande Seddon realized she'd need to specialize if she wanted to make a difference.

Talking turkey with poultry researcher

Karen Schwean-Lardner never thought she would become a poultry researcher. Raised on a pig farm, she was not very fond of chickens.

Study targets ergot’s subclinical effects

When a cow's hoofs fall off, it's a tell-tale sign of a serious ergot toxicity problem on a farm.

New WCVM professor brings bovine expertise

When Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, it wasn't to treat pets or companion animals such as horses. Instead, she chose cattle.

Dairy study could help unite industry players

There is a hint of colour in the eastern sky as I run to the van parked on the curb. Just as I did in my childhood, I'm heading to the dairy farm to work.

New funds kickstart livestock research centre

An innovative new centre focused on all aspects of beef cattle and forage production is on the horizon at the University of Saskatchewan.

Producers must stay alert for anthrax

Government officials warn Saskatchewan livestock producers to stay on high alert for anthrax in animals after confirming a second outbreak of the disease in Saskatchewan this month.

Researchers hatch immunity boosting idea

The same trait that made canaries an effective indicator of danger in coal mines could help improve production outcomes for poultry farmers.

Cow-calf study uncovers key health trends

What does two years of data from a comprehensive cow-calf survey of Western Canada look like? Like a lot of information.

Brachyspira strains not fitting the mold

It's 8 a.m. We enter the Level 2 disease containment area of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Animal Care Unit (ACU), ready to work with our research study's pigs. To our right are two shower rooms and a locker area; ahead of us is a bathroom. To our left is a hallway lined with doors leading to anterooms — small rooms where we gear up — that lead to the rooms housing our research project's pigs.

WCVM faculty part of PEDv research effort

Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) faculty members are among three groups of Canadian researchers who received a total of $650,000 to investigate porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

Saskatchewan supports agriculture research

Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have received more than $1.4 million from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) to conduct a variety of studies focusing on livestock and forage research.

Livestock disease research gains funding

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program has allocated $260,000 to the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (Sask Pork) to help control two diseases that threaten swine and beef herds in Canada.

A night with Temple Grandin: March 11

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan is hosting a special evening with Temple Grandin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in Saskatoon.

Stookey receives bovine welfare award

WCVM professor Dr. Joe Stookey has received the 2014 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to advance the welfare of cattle in Canada and the U.S.

WCVM researchers saving the bacon

I rub my hand over my tired eyes that are aching after spending hours staring at my computer screen. Yet another unsolved case of pigs with bloody diarrhea, and we can't find the culprit … or can we?

Survey gives personal view of cattle farming

I'm driving through lush pasture on a Saskatchewan cow-calf farm, chatting with a producer about his beef cows that dot the green hillside. As we park, the animals wake from their mid-morning snooze and amble single file toward us — eager for treats and a scratch.

Brachyspira research: linking diarrhea to DNA

How do you get a pathologist, a physiologist, a microbiologist and a large animal clinician to work together?

Ukrainian-Canadian vets YouTube sensations

It started with an online friendship between two cattle veterinarians, and blossomed into a worldwide, viral campaign.

Unique table tilts cows' world

It's October and veterinarian Dr. Chris Clark is looking forward to tipping cows again. But he's not planning any Hallowe'en pranks. The associate professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is talking about regaining the use of the tilt table — a highly efficient piece of equipment that was recently refurbished and re-installed in the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's Large Animal Clinic.

Low ergot levels may still cause health issues

What do the European Middle Ages, the Salem Witch Trials and LSD have in common?

Study to portray state of cow-calf sector

A team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Calgary have received a $1.06-million grant from the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) to conduct a five-year longitudinal study of the western Canadian cow-calf industry.

U of S beef cattle research facility to move

Fundraising can now begin in earnest for a new $14 million, 2,000-head beef cattle research facility to be located south of Clavet thanks to approval from the U of S board of governors and a $1-million donation from the Saskatchewan Cattlemens' Association (SCA).

Will pooled samples work for vibrio testing?

Sexual health is not just for humans: bulls are known to carry sexually transmitted diseases that can infect cows and heifers during natural breeding.

Canada's pig code of practice released

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) have released the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs.

Saskatchewan funds livestock research

Ten research teams from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) have received more than $950,000 in funding from Saskatchewan Agriculture for livestock-related research projects.

Real-time PCR undergoes real world testing

Have you ever watched dollar signs disappear before your eyes? That's what an owner of a cow-calf operation sees when his pregnancy rate decreases and too few calves are born.

On the hunt for mastitis-causing bacteria

Dressed in coveralls and rubber boots, I carefully collect milk samples from the udders of Holstein cows at a dairy farm near Saskatoon, Sask. Besides the 5 a.m. start time, my biggest challenge is preventing the cows from knocking any manure or debris into the tiny test vials.

Federal funds target heel wart research

A $50,000 investment from the federal government will help Saskatchewan dairy producers and researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) develop a vaccine to prevent a debilitating disease in diary cattle.

Behaviour test pinpoints piglet pain

My fondness for pigs took root in 2011 while I was volunteering at the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) near Saskatoon, Sask.

U of S Rayner dairy facility officially opens

The University of Saskatchewan officially opened its new Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility October 15 with the daughter of its namesake on hand to cut the ribbon.

Step forward for toe tip necrosis

When I began my summer research work at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), the last thing I thought I'd be doing was acting as a cameraman at a photo shoot.

U of S awarded $3.6-million poultry chair

University of Saskatchewan researcher Hank Classen will lead a five-year $3.6-million research program aimed at helping the poultry industry meet its biggest challenges: feed costs, bird health and welfare, and food safety.

New dairy facility opens at U of S

Early on the morning of July 22, a stock trailer backed up to the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility. The trailer door swung open and, under the watchful eye of dairy unit manager Marlene Fehr and her staff, the first dozen of the university's 70-plus dairy cows stepped tentatively into their new home.

Vaccines, community pastures make good fit

Producers who vaccinate community pasture-bound cattle for bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) have seen improvements in pregnancy and abortion rates, says a researcher at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Mapletoft a "victim of serendipity"

Around the world, generations of cattle have been born in the past 40 years — thanks to a career choice that Dr. Reuben Mapletoft made when he was seven years old.

Barth: bull development starts young

Management of nutrition during the development of breeding bulls can be a controversial topic, and nearly all of the discussion focuses on management of bull calves after they're weaned.

Clean barns incentive for potty-training cows

The key to potty-training a child is finding the right ways to motivate them and the same may be true for dairy cattle, according to research being conducted by PhD candidate Alison Vaughan at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

Steady weight best for reproducing cows

Cows that maintain an average body condition score year round are more likely to get pregnant, have minimal calving difficulties and produce live calves, says large animal professor and researcher Dr. Cheryl Waldner of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).