Genomics and its ethical, economic, environmental, legal and social aspects (GE3LS)

This area of research is being conducted to define the social, environmental and economic costs/benefits of selecting for feed efficiency and methane emissions in dairy cattle. In addition, identification of any barriers to adoption at the farm, industry and national levels will be assessed to provide insights into actual uptake of these technologies.

Research results were presented at the 7th Annual Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) policy conference in Ottawa from January 11-13, 2017. David Worden, a research assistant from the University of Guelph, presented preliminary results discussing the Economic Feasibility of Genotyping for Feed Efficiency and Reduced Methane Emissions: Benefits and Barriers to Adoption on Canadian Dairy Farms.

Emilie Bassi, a graduate student from the University of Alberta, placed 3rd in the poster competition at the CAES conference with this poster entitled “Constraints to Farm Animal Welfare Policy Implementation in Alberta: The Producers’ Perspective“. Congratulations Emilie!!

Our GE3LS Activity Leader, Dr. Ellen Goddard, also presented at the CAES conference in Ottawa. A PDF of her presentation can be found here but you can also check out a Youtube video of her presentation on the CAES website.