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Canadian scholar receives 2020 Poultry Science Association’s Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award
ALLTECH continues its commitment to sup- porting the Poultry Sci- ence Association and student research with the 20th anniversary of the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award.
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master’s degree in 2016 with Dr Karen Schwean- Lardner at the University of Saskatchewan, where she focused on the im- pacts of infrared beak treatment on the produc- tion, behaviour and wel- fare of layer pullets and hens.
This year’s award was presented virtually to Sarah Struthers from Canada, who is currently completing her PhD in genetics and genomics at The Roslin Institute, the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s rural col- lege.
Struthers’ winning pa- per – entitled, ‘The effect of beak tissue sloughing and post-treatment beak shape on the productivity of infrared beak-treated layer pullets and hens’ – was published in Septem- ber 2019.
After successfully de- fending her thesis in 2018, she worked as a research assistant in Dr Schwean- Lardner’s lab and con- ducted further research on the impacts of infrared beak treatment.
This award is given to a student who is the senior author of an outstanding research manuscript pub- lished in Poultry Science or the Journal of Applied Poultry Research.
Her co-authors on the paper included Dr Hen- ry Classen, Dr Susantha Gomis and Dr Karen Schwean-Lardner – all from the University of Saskatchewan.
In September 2019, Stru- thers moved to Scotland, where she is currently completing her PhD in genetics and genomics at The Roslin Institute un- der the supervision of Dr Jeff Schoenebeck and Dr Vicky Sandilands.
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Canadian technical manager for Alltech Dr Kayla Price said: “Inno- vation is the core of our business and we are proud to support students and the advancements they are
She received her bache- lor’s degree in animal sci- ence from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015.
Her doctoral research focuses on determining the pre-existing varia- tion in beak shape that occurs within layer hen breeding hocks, and iden- tifying beak shapes that cause the least amount of damage when hens engage in feather pecking behav- iour.
This makes it possible to identify in real time, potential welfare issues such as inadequate ac- cess to feed and water or incorrect environmental conditions.
It highlights clusters of birds which may be indicative of a poor en- vironment, triggering reduced litter quality, pododermatitis and ad- verse gut health.
Sarah Struthers is the recipient of the 2020 Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award.
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Dr. Price presented the award to Struthers vir- tually on September 2, 2020.
Struthers was born in Yorkton Saskatchewan and grew up in Cranbrook British Columbia.
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