This research will investigate use of calcium oxide treated straw (CaOS) to increase fibre levels in wheat-based feedlot cattle finishing diets. In vitro total gas production will be measured to determine the ideal treatment protocol for creation of CaOS. Further in vitro work will compare fibre digestibility of CaOS to untreated straw, barley silage and corn silage as an indicator of nutritional quality. A feeding trial using yearling steers will measure changes in animal performance when 10% silage is replaced with 12% CaOS in finishing diets.
Sub-clinical disease results in reduced growth and less efficient use of nutrients, resulting in substantial impact on profitability of pork producers. With the elimination of in-feed antibiotics for growth promotion it is increasingly important to understand the interaction between nutrition and health and nutrient requirements during disease challenge events. Feeding high-fibre feedstuffs reduces the efficiency of utilization of dietary threonine for growth in pigs due to an increase in endogenous threonine loss as a result of increased mucin production.
Creatine is a supplement known to improve performance over repeated high intensity exercise, seen in most sports. Typical creatine supplementation involves ingesting large amounts of the supplement, leading to side effects of weight gain and GI distress. Delivrahas formulated a new way to supplement creatine through a topical cream applied to the legs, which can potentially eliminate these side effects. This research will test this new creatine cream compared to oral ingestion to determine if it can improve high intensity performance, by generating more power and reducing fatigue.
The mining sector plays a huge role in the Saskatchewan economy, in addition to being the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal peoples in the province. It is important economically and socially for the mining workforce to be healthy and productive. Yet we know little about the impacts of physical and mental health on productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and disability within the industry.
A few years later, that opportunity has allowed Joel to build a career for himself, and make developments that have benefitted the company and Canada’s agricultural sector.
“It was hardcore research,” says Joel, looking back on his internship. “Not just gathering data, but also looking at the results, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations directly to the general manager. It was more like a project as a professional than as an intern, and it definitely gave me a foot in the door.” Joel’s internship also led to the company filing a patent on some of his work.
This project seeks to design and implement an online web-based application system for IIBC that will enable people to easily apply for Work permit, Study permit, Permanent Residence, etc. This will provide real-time access to data, making visa application easy for people from all countries to migrate to Canada. With this web application system in place, IIBC will reduce the time taken in handling the manual process, making their services effective and efficient, while generating extra revenue due to ease of processes for customers.
Heart failure is among the causes of death in developed countries. Scientific and medical research has made improvements in treating this condition. Mathematical modelling and computer simulation would help in developing the necessary technologies to detect and treat heart blockages and also give a better understanding and protocols for ablation, the clinical procedure used to treat this condition.
Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) is an approach that utility companies can use to manage vegetation under or near transmission lines and has been successfully applied in southern jurisdictions. IVM requires practitioners to understand and manipulate plant communities to meet management objectives, such as maintaining a low growing plant communities that help prevent the regrowth of trees.
In the design of robotic mechanisms, dynamic balancing i.e. force and moment balancing is an important issue. The robotic mechanisms accuracy and efficiency are affected because of the unbalance. Moreover, the forces and moments cause fatigue, noise and disturbance in its structural base. Previous research done by Prof. Chris Zhang include a force balancing method that is termed as adjusting kinematic parameters (AKP) for robotic mechanisms or real-time controllable (RTC) mechanisms. This research includes dynamic balancing method for planar mechanisms only i.e. two dimensional.
This project involves researching and integrating constraints into existing route and schedule optimization software. The partner organization (Western Heritage) has developed software that calculates the shortest route and optimal daily schedule for home care workers visiting patients in their homes. These schedules must consider constraints for each worker and patient, such as: smoker, pet in the house, lifting requirements, gender requirements, etc. as well as constraints for multiple starting points for each worker.