Exciting opportunities at ANCC 2022
The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada is honoured to host this event and provide the animal feed industry with this exceptional learning and networking opportunity. Read on to learn about the exciting offerings at this year’s event.
Student Networking Event
Tuesday, May 10 – Afternoon
Tuesday, May 10 – Evening
Wednesday, May 11 – Morning
Influence of antibiotic alternatives on immunity and microflora to support poultry gut health
Dr. Farnell was raised on a beef cattle farm in Redwater, TX and Hope, AR. He obtained a B.Sc. in Agri-Business from Southern Arkansas University and worked for Tyson Foods (Broken Bow, OK) as a processing plant supervisor. He acquired a M.Sc. in Poultry Science concentrating on pre-harvest food safety and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology focusing on avian immunology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Dr. Farnell completed postdoctoral fellowships with the Institute for Animal Health in the United Kingdom and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service at the University of Arkansas where he studied chicken dendritic cells and Campylobacter intervention strategies, respectively. He was a Poultry Extension Specialist with TAMU and Mississippi State University for 11 years focusing on biosecurity, cleaning and disinfection, euthanasia, mass depopulation, and reportable disease/disaster response. He returned to the TAMU Poultry Science Department in 2016, where he serves as an associate professor with a research and teaching appointment. He has focused on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic alternatives to improve food safety. He currently teaches graduate immunology, undergraduate advanced food bacteriology, and international poultry production.
Intestinal permeability, immune response, and inflammation in dairy – nutritional modulations
Dr. Lance Baumgard grew up on a mixed livestock and row-crop farm in southwestern Minnesota. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Lance joined the University of Arizona’s Animal Science department in 2001 and then joined Iowa State University in 2009 as the Norman Jacobson Professor of Nutritional Physiology. He became the C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in 2022.
Viral viability and infectivity in contaminated feed and opportunities for feed additives to mitigate the challenge
Dr. Scott Dee earned a D.V.M., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, is board-certified in veterinary microbiology, and past President of the AASV. After 12 years in both swine practice and academia, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services as Director of Applied Research. He has been awarded > 12 M in research funding and published 169 peer reviewed papers, including the initial publications on the proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed and the transboundary survival of ASFV in feed. He received the AASV Practitioner of the Year and Howard Dunne Memorial awards, the Leman Science in Practice award, a Warrior Chip from the FBI, and is a Master of the US Pork Industry.
Moderating the effect of coccidia and necrotic enteritis challenge employing non-pharmaceutical means
Dr. Mohamad Mortada is a monogastric research scientist at ADM. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Poultry Science at The University of Georgia and his master’s degree in poultry science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. During his Ph.D., Mohamad focused on mitigating Campylobacter in poultry by characterizing chickens’ immune response to Campylobacter and evaluating different on-farm control strategies, including probiotics and synbiotics. During his master’s research, Mohamad developed an autogenous vaccine for Newcastle Disease Virus in poultry. Mohamad is trained in One Health from Duke University, where he became an advocate for the multidisciplinary approach to health that includes human, animal, and environmental health.
Mohamad’s broad research interests are focused on maintaining gut health in chickens through supplementing innovative gut health modulators. At ADM, Mohamad is focused on developing microbiome solutions for poultry, screening animal feed enzymes, and understanding the mode of action of different feed additives.
Dr. Milan Hruby has received a Ph.D. in poultry nutrition from the University of Minnesota under Dr. Craig Coon. He started with Finnfeeds International during the onset of feed enzymes technology era working in various technical, research, and marketing positions in Europe and the USA. In his later career with Danisco Animal Nutrition and Dupont, Milan added other feed additives including probiotics, electrolytes, and essential oils to his original feed enzymes interest. He joined ADM in early 2019 during ADM’s increased focus on feed additive portfolio expansion getting an opportunity to be closely involved with ADM’s animal nutrition solutions strategy. Today, he leads a team of nutritionists at ADM Animal Nutrition North America to support customers in the area of nutritional, health, and service solutions. He interacts with customers and market influencers in North America and other parts of the world. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and two sons.
Methane, Cows, and Climate Change: California Dairy’s Path to Climate Neutrality
Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. As such, he shares his knowledge and research, both domestically and abroad, with students, scientists, farmers and ranchers, policy makers, and the public at large. Frank is also director of the CLEAR Center, which has two cores – research and communications. The CLEAR Center brings clarity to the intersection of animal agriculture and the environment, helping our global community understand the environmental and human health impacts of livestock, so we can make informed decisions about the foods we eat and while reducing environmental impacts.
Frank is committed to making a difference for generations to come. As part of his position with UC Davis and Cooperative Extension, he collaborates with the animal agriculture sector to create better efficiencies and mitigate pollutants. He is passionate about understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations, as well as studying the implications of these emissions on the health of farm workers and neighboring communities. In addition, he is focusing on the food production challenge that will become a global issue as the world’s population grows to nearly 10 billion by 2050.
Frank received a M.Sc. in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. Frank was recruited by UC Davis in 2002 to fill its first-ever position focusing on the relationship between livestock and air quality.
Wednesday, May 11 – Afternoon
JM Bell Memorial Lecture: Prospects for climate neutral beef and dairy production in Canada
Dr. Karen Beauchemin is a federal scientist in Canada who is recognized as an international authority on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock farming. Dr. Beauchemin and her colleagues have established a broad-based research program to improve feed utilization of beef and dairy cattle while reducing methane production. The research is helping Canadian farmers improve the sustainability of meat and milk production, while adapting to climate change impacts. She is currently a senior research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, with more than 30 years of experience. She has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards including the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation (2020) and Agriculture Canada’s Golden Harvest Award (2021). Karen served on the National Academy of Science’s Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle committee and has published more than 500 refereed scientific publications over her career.
Sustainable livestock feeding and management: what changes are needed?
Professor Donald M. Broom is Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare, Cambridge University, Department of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in Cambridge in 1964, gained his Ph.D. in 1967 and Sc.D. in 2002. He taught at Reading University until 1986 when he returned to Cambridge as the first Professor of Animal Welfare in the world. His research is on scientific assessment of animal welfare, cognitive abilities of animals, ethics, and sustainable farming. He was Chairman or Vice Chairman of EU Scientific Committees on Animal Welfare 1990 – 2012 and has published 380 refereed papers and 12 books including: Stress and Animal Welfare (2nd edition 2019) and Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare (6th edition 2021).
On the development of online tools to support the production of sustainable animal feeds
Dr. Dom Bureau has over 30 years of experience in academia and industry. He is a professor at the University of Guelph where he leads a dynamic research program on the nutrition of aquaculture species with focus on feed ingredient evaluation and the utilization of amino acids, phosphorus, and energy. He works very closely with aquaculture operations, feed manufacturers, and ingredient suppliers around the world. He was a member of the US NRC Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Fish and Shrimp (2009-2011). Since 2014, he has been leading the development of the International Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database (www.iaffd.com), a free online resource with detailed data on the composition of over 600 feed ingredients and nutritional specifications for over 30 species at different life stages. The IAFFD was developed to be highly compatible with most least-cost feed formulation programs. Dom is also co-founder of Wittaya Aqua International (wittaya-aqua.ca), a young and innovative Canadian company developing cutting-edge online tools for feed manufacturers, feed ingredient suppliers, and aquaculture farms.
Feed processing for a profitable and sustainable feed business
Dr. Menno Thomas obtained a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the ‘HAS-Leeuwarden’ in 1990. From 1990-1993 he studied animal nutrition at Wageningen University and Research (M.Sc.). He obtained his Ph.D. on animal feed manufacturing in 1998 on the relation between functional characteristics of raw material components and its effect on physical pellet quality. After a post-doctoral in agricultural systems research (1999), he moved into the industry where he worked in various jobs as a researcher, consultant, trainer, and managing director before starting his own research company ‘Zetadec’ in 2007 in which he and his colleagues solve industry related problems in raw material processing and feed manufacturing. Since 2018, Menno has also worked part-time as an Assistant Professor in compound feed technology within the Department of Animal Nutrition at Wageningen University & Research.
ANAC Scholarship Lecture: The influence of transition diet energy and protein content on colostrum and early lactation milk composition and bioactive compound concentrations in Holstein dairy cattle
Amanda Fischer-Tlustos completed her MSc in Animal Science at the University of Alberta in 2017, which focused on the effects of colostrum management practices on the immunity and development of the neonatal calf. After working in various roles from 2017-2020, including as a research assistant, content writer, and conference coordinator of the 2019 Smart Calf Rearing Conference, she began her PhD in May 2020 at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Drs. Michael Steele and John Cant. Her PhD research focuses on maternal factors, including prepartum nutrition, that may control the synthesis and concentrations of bioactive compounds in bovine colostrum and transition milk and their role in improving dairy calf immunity and development.
Wednesday, May 11 – Evening
Enjoy an evening of food, drink and networking. Visit the Industry Partner Showcase and Graduate Student Poster Exhibition.
Get a sneak peek of the recent work done by Canadian graduate students by watching their 3-minute videos summarizing their research.
Thursday, May 12 – Morning
Intersection of the nutritive value and bioactive potential of two emerging classes of novel feed ingredients: insect and algae products
Dr. Stephanie Collins is an assistant professor in nutrition and nutritional biochemistry at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture in the Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture. She earned her doctoral degree in animal science at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an animal nutritionist with a diversity of experience in the design and execution of nutrition trials with a focus on balanced feed formulation, nutritional modeling, and micro-components of the diet (fatty acids, antinutrients, bioactives). She has researched several novel feed ingredients and their application to animal feeds. Ensuring a nutritious, sustainable source of food for present and future generations of humans and animals is a primary focus of her research, which includes the use of insect and algae products in a number of monogastric species.
Viral transmission through feed
Dr. Chad Paulk is an Assistant Professor of Feed Science and Management in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University. He received his B.Sc. (2009) from the University of Georgia, and M.Sc. (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) from Kansas State University. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of Swine Nutrition and Production at Texas A&M University in the Department of Animal Science from 2014 – 2017. His current responsibilities include 60% research and 40% teaching. His three main areas of research include feed processing, feed safety, and monogastric nutrition. Dr. Paulk is responsible for teaching classes pertaining to qualities of feed ingredients, animal food safety, and introduction to grain science.
Appreciating the dynamics of pellet quality improvements to ingredient segregation in poultry houses
Dr. John Boney joined the faculty at Penn State University as an Assistant Professor of Poultry Science in January 2018. John earned his Ph.D. from West Virginia University where he studied applied poultry nutrition and feed manufacturing. He maintains a 75% extension and applied research and 25% teaching appointment. His applied research program focuses on pellet quality and potential remedies to on-farm nutrient segregation. His extension program focuses on disseminating research findings to professionals in the broiler and turkey industries. His laboratory is student-centered, with numerous graduate and undergraduate students playing key roles in research project execution. These efforts are intended to evolve efficient poultry feeding and produce the next generation of poultry industry leaders.
The potential for feed processing to reduce ergot toxicity
Dr. Denise Beaulieu is an Assistant Professor of monogastric nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. She conducts applied swine research focusing on nutrition, specifically the role of alternative feedstuffs to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the swine and poultry industries. She also has an interest in the nutrition of the gestating and lactating sow, particularly with respect to the impact of feeding during gestation on milk output and piglet growth post-partum. She teaches classes in the department of Animal & Poultry Science at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Beaulieu spent almost 15 years at the Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon, SK. She maintains adjunct scientist status at the Swine Centre; utilizing facilities for research trials and actively participating in their knowledge transfer programs.
Dr. Beaulieu received her B.S.A. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture, Ph.D. in dairy cattle nutrition and lactation from Ohio State University, and post-doctoral training in milk fat synthesis was received at the University of Illinois.
Growth performance, digesta pH and organ weight of weaned pigs fed barley grain differing in fermentable starch and fibre
Joaquin Sanchez Zannatta is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra. He was born and raised in México, where he completed a DVM and a M.Sc. in Agriculture programs. Subsequently, Joaquin has been involved in the swine industry in the USA and Canada, becoming manager of a sow farm at Sunhaven farms. His research focus is feed ingredient processing and evaluation, including effects of feeding barley grain differing in fermentable starch and fiber profile on growth performance of weaned pigs.
Thursday, May 12 – Morning
Feed formulation for sustainable agriculture
Dr. Greg Thoma is the Director of Research for the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He served as inaugural Director for Research of The Sustainability Consortium. He is the North American subject editor for Agriculture for the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment and has served on the scientific-technical-organizational committee for numerous international LCA conferences. He has been active with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership since its inception acting as the Technical Advisory Group Lead/Co-lead for development of the poultry, swine, and large ruminants’ guidelines for LCA.
In addition to sustainability assessments for beef, dairy, and pork, his current sustainability assessment projects include cradle-to-grave evaluations of US fruit, vegetable, and pulse production and consumption that considers a range of environmental sustainability metrics from climate change and eutrophication to human health impacts of dietary substitutions. He is also working with MSU on a dry foods food safety and sustainability project that is evaluating almonds, dried apples and wheat flour.
Nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric methane emissions from dairy cows: state of knowledge and new perspectives
Dr. Benchaar is a research scientist at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre (Quebec) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). An internationally recognized researcher, he received his Ph.D. from “Institute National Polytechnique of Toulouse in France”. Since joining AAFC in 2000, Dr. Benchaar has made numerous notable contributions to the dairy and the livestock feed industry.
His research efforts focus on three key areas of importance to the dairy feeding industry:
1) mitigation of methane emissions from enteric fermentation and manure
2) optimization of nitrogen utilization in dairy cows to improve nitrogen efficiency and reduce its excretion
3) usage of secondary plant metabolites (e.g., essential oils) as rumen fermentation modifiers in dairy cow
Understanding feed efficiency in the feedlot
Dr. Katie M. Wood is an Associate Professor in ruminant nutrition and physiology (beef and small ruminants) in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. After completing an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Wood joined the faculty at University of Guelph in 2016. Her research program integrates both basic and applied scientific approaches with the goal of improving feed efficiency in feedlot and cow/calf operations. Some of these approaches include understanding molecular mechanisms influencing metabolism and cost of maintenance, novel feeding strategies and feed additives, improving gut health, and using management practices like developmental programming to improve animal growth, health, and feed efficiency. Dr. Wood has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 conference abstracts. In addition to a robust research program, Dr. Wood has a large teaching commitment, teaching ~400 undergraduate students per year, with excellent teaching reviews. In addition to research and teaching activities, Dr. Wood is active on numerous industry advisory groups/boards and continues to keep one foot in the livestock industry, raising purebred Simmental cattle and Polled Dorset sheep.
Precision mineral nutrition for dairy cattle
Dr. Bill Weiss was a Professor and Extension Specialist of dairy cattle nutrition at The Ohio State University (Wooster) for more than 30 years, retiring in early 2021. His main research areas were factors affecting digestibility by dairy cows, relationships between minerals and vitamins and health of dairy cows, and developing methods to incorporate cow and diet variability into ration formulation. Dr. Weiss has published more than 140 journal articles and 450 proceedings and extension articles. He has won several ADSA awards and was named a Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association in 2015. He is a member of ARPAS and a Diplomat of the American College of Animal Nutrition. He was a member of the 2001 NRC Dairy Committee and is serving as co-chair on the 2020 NRC Dairy Committee. Dr. Weiss earned his B.S. and M.S. at Purdue University and his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University.
High mycotoxin levels in wheat grain and their effects on beef cattle ruminal fermentation, performance and carcass traits
Renée is from a small county in Nova Scotia, growing up close to the picturesque Annapolis Valley. She always had an interest in agriculture, especially in cattle and sheep and showed for multiple years in 4-H. Renée received her B.Sc. in animal science from Dalhousie University in 2019, and is now working on her M.Sc. in animal science at the University of Saskatchewan. Her focuses are enhancing the use of wheat grain in feedlot cattle diets and investigating the effects of mycotoxins in finishing steers.
Thursday, May 12 – Afternoon
moderates a Round Table Discussion with Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Dr. Denise Beaulieu, Dr. Donald Broom, Dr. Frank Mitloehner and Dr. Katie Wood
Dr. Rex Newkirk is an Associate Professor and Research Chair in Feed Processing Technology in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan. As research chair, he assists the feed processing industry, crop commodity groups, livestock industry and government in developing programs to create new value-added opportunities for the agri-food sector. He is also the scientific leader of the Canadian Feed Research Centre (CRFC), a $13.3 million facility located in North Battleford. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan in November of 2015, Rex worked for 12 years at the Canadian International Grains Institute. He held positions in that time including Director of Feed Technology and Vice President of Research and Innovation. In this role, he led a team that developed innovative products and applications of Canadian Ingredients and provided technical marketing support to buyers and processors of Canadian Field Crops around the globe. Rex is cofounder of a technology company, MCN Bioproducts Ltd., that commercialized a technology developed at the University of Saskatchewan and sold it to Bunge Global Innovations in March of 2012. Rex received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2002 with a focus on ingredient processing and impacts on poultry nutrition and production.
Feed formulation in the future: quantum change or incremental steps forward
Dr. John Patience earned B.Sc. (Agr.) and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Guelph and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Since his retirement in 2021, he has continued to consult in swine nutrition and management. John’s research career, which spanned 36 years, encompassed a variety of topics, ranging from water quality to energy supply and utilization to general wean-to-finish feeding and management. Most recently, he has focused on the role of fiber in the diet and how this can impact pig performance, health, and gastrointestinal function; concurrently, he has also sought to better understand the in vivo mode of action of enzymes added to the diet. John is a Fellow of both the Canadian and American Societies of Animal Science. Recently, Iowa State University started a fund-raising campaign to establish a chair in applied swine nutrition to recognize his career. John and his wife Reb split their retirement between Ames, IA and Mississauga, ON to maximize time spent with their grandchildren.
* Speaker will present virtually. Please note at this time three speakers (one pre-conference and two main conference) will be presenting virtually while all others will be at the conference in person.
ANCC 2022 is approved by: