cattle-canstockphoto35189042Genetic regulation of the immune system and implications to disease resistance. Particular emphasis is given to preventive methods to improve disease resistance of livestock, such as genetic selection of livestock for enhanced immune responsiveness. Other areas of interest include xenotransplantation and peripartum immune responses.


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Wed Oct 18th, 2017

Published in Better Farming Nov 2017

A Governor General’s Innovation
Award for Ontario Veterinary
College prof Dr. Bonnie Mallard
highlights expanding applications for
her work discovering and applying
High Immune Response (HIR)
technology in commercial livestock.
Now in its second year, the award
identifies Canadians who demonstrate
creative use of new knowledge
and technology, as well as their
successful implementation.
Nominated by Universities
Canada, Mallard was among six 2017
winners announced this spring and
the first-ever agricultural winner.
Mallard and co-workers identified
inheritable, high immune response in
dairy cattle and developed a testing
system for use by breeders.
Dr. Mallard is “highly respected in
the genetics side of the industry and
she has committed her lifetime to
proving the immunity response
significance,” Linda Ness, manager of
strategic communications for Holstein
Canada, wrote in an email.
The dairy technology is licensed to
Semex Alliance, where Mallard’s
Immunity+ system is used to identify
and select animals with naturally
occurring, superior immune response
to crucial diseases.
“We’ve had a very significant
uptake in markets all around the
world,” Dr. Steven Larmer, Semex
geneticist, said in an interview,
referring to his company’s marketing
of semen from sires tested using
Immunity+ technology.
The award is a “testament to Dr.
Mallard’s career of outstanding work
in this field.”
Mallard and
colleagues are
working to
apply the
research to
beef cattle and
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Wed Aug 30th, 2017

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Fri Jun 30th, 2017

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