2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum
The purpose of the 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum
is to provide the opportunity for researchers, industry representatives,
other stakeholders, and government specialist to connect and share
information and ideas pertaining to the research, trends, and needs
of the small ruminant livestock sectors in Ontario.
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Purpose of the Forum
The 2018 Small Ruminant Research Forum will allow participants
- Hear from researchers, industry, and government about the priorities
and trends in the goat and sheep livestock sectors.
- Network and participate in knowledge sharing activities like
plain language poster session and roundtable discussion groups.
- Explore opportunities through networking and share strategic
ideas on building and growing your livestock sector in Ontario.
- Have an opportunity to input your opinions and knowledge about
your sectors research needs.
Date: May 14th, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Centre, 1 Stone Road W., Guelph, Ontario
If you are interested in sharing, collaborating, networking, or
learning about research in the sheep and/or goat sectors - register
today! Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up early!
Registration is now closed. The registration deadline was
May 01, 2018.
Student Poster Competition
Students are invited to apply for the student poster competition
Abstracts must include:
- All authors and their affiliations.
- Clearly identify presenting author.
- Clearly state why the project is important, what are the benefits
seen/could be seen from the results, and who has/can benefit from
- Please do not exceed 300 words in the body of the abstract.
Roundtable Research Discussion
Researchers, post-doc, grad students, and visiting scientist are
welcome to submit a small research report detailing their research
and can indicate what points of the research they would like to
This is an opportunity to present your ongoing research and have
an open discussion with other experts in the field. It is also an
opportunity to instill some knowledge from your experiences onto
other researchers so that current and future research in the small
ruminant sector can become stronger through collaboration.
Reports will only be shared with those participating
in the discussion groups.
Report Submission Guidelines:
- Title of report
- List of collaborators/authors with their affiliations
- Background of research project
- Objectives of research project
- Materials & Methods
- Results (if available)
- Desired agenda points
- Please do not exceed 4 pages double spaced (approx. 1200 words)
9:00 AM: OMAFRA Manager or Director - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:10 AM: Dr. Rene Van Acker - Dean of Ontario
Agricultural College (OAC) - Role of Research in supporting and
enhancing small ruminant sectors.
Session 1 - Genetics
9:40 AM: Dr. Angela Canovas - Assistant Professor
, OAC - KTT acceleration of research knowledge in genetics to enhance
innovation in Canada's sheep industry
9:50 AM: Delma Kennedy - Sheep specialist, OMAFRA
- Why we do not see implementation of genetic trait selection in
10:00 AM: Dr. Flavio Schenkel - Professor, University
of Guelph (tentative) - Implementation of Genomic selection to improve
productivity and health traits in ON dairy goats
10:10 AM: Question Period
10:20 AM: Graduate Students - 90sec Poster pitches
10:40 AM: Morning Break
Session 2 - Health
11:00 AM: Dr. Maria Spinato - Veterinary Pathologist,
University of Guelph - Distance support for on-farm investigation
of adult small ruminant mortalities
11:10 AM: Dr. Cathy Bauman - Assistant Professor,
OVC - Investigating kid mortality in Ontario dairy goat farms
11:20 AM: Dr. Jocelyn Jansen - Lead Veterinarian
, OMAFRA - Benchmarking Dairy Goat Welfare - Lead Veterinarian ,
OMAFRA - Benchmarking Dairy Goat Welfare
11:30 AM: Question Period
11:40 AM: Dr. Nicole Klenk - Assistant Professor,
University of Toronto - Keynote - Growing the market
of ON wool
12:20 PM: Lunch
1:20 PM: Manager or Director, OMAFRA - Poster Awards & Thank
Session 3 - Research Discussion
1:30 PM: Round Table Discussion Groups
2:20 PM: Afternoon Break
2:40 PM: Round Table Discussion Groups (continued)
3:30 PM: OMAFRA Manager or Director - Closing Statements
For more information contact Santiago Palacio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Marlene Paibomesai (email@example.com)
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