We are fourth-year Animal Science students at the University of Alberta working on a Capstone project that examines the link between animal welfare and genetics of livestock animals. For this project we decided to look at how genetics can improve the welfare of dairy cattle. To have good animal welfare it is beneficial that the animals are disease free, and to help achieve this we are looking at how breeding can help improve disease resistance of livestock animals. Diseases with a genetic component and of interest in the dairy industry have been found to include mastitis, digital dermatitis, metritis, Johne's, and ketosis. Our methods include contacting and interviewing Alberta dairy producers, producer groups, and research organizations.
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