Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

Robert Craven and Kevin Klair and their team are working directly with farmers experiencing financial stress to understand their financial situation and explore options to keep their farm functioning. They will also develop resources to respond to financial downturns that impact ag production.

Dr. Rafael Bisinotto and his team are working on a comprehensive assessment of hoof diseases based on description of specific lesions at various stages of lactation. They hope this will provides insight into how lameness affects behavior, inflammatory status, and specific reproductive parameters in lactating dairy cows.

Dr. Julio Alvarez and his team are using records of isolates collected in Minnesota over the last ten years to characterize antimicrobial resistance determinants present in Salmonella serotypes of human and animal origin and of most relevance for public and animal health.

Swine housing facility at MorrisYuzhi Li and her team are exploring how to utilize Social Network Analysis to predict development of tail biting, and identify potential tail biters and victimized pigs. They hypothesize that tail biting behavior is a consequence of unbalanced or disturbed social structure, which can occur and spread through undesired social interactions.

Piglets.Douglas Marthaler and his team are working to understand the genetic and phenotypic differences between Streptococcus suis strains. The proper identification and classification of S. suis isolates will enable veterinarians to make accurate evaluations of isolates associated with clinical disease.

Piglets.Fabio Vannucci and his research team are working to understand the shedding patterns of Senecavirus A (SVA) in the semen of experimentally-infected boars linked with the transmission by artificial insemination to sows and the subsequent impact on the production of piglets.  

Srinand Sreevatsan and his research team are working to develop a versatile, safe, and orally or intranasally administered vaccine platform against infectious diseases of animals based on purified target antigens adsorbed to alginate nanoparticles.

A two-year research/design project funded by the MAES State Reserve Funds came to fruition in 2015 with 25 East-African middle school girls from the Cedar-Riverside community walking the runway and modeling active wear they co-designed UMN researchers.

Close-up Morris Dairy Cows.Gerald Cramer and his team are working to determine the role of negative energy balance in the development of hoof lesions in Minnesota dairy herds. They will then develop a model to share any knowledge gains achieved in their research with the industry.

Joanne Slavin.Joanne Slavin has worked at the since 1981.  Throughout her career she has focused on human nutrition, some of her most well-known research is on carbohydrates, especially whole wheat.

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