Guelph, Ontario

HIR manages livestock health through genetic identification

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Year: 2017

About the Innovation

Bonnie Mallard created the High Immune Response Technology (HIR), which manages livestock health through genetic identification. This sustainable and efficient approach was designed to meet consumer expectations for healthy, non-GMO products while maintaining profitability and addressing global food demands.

About the Innovator

Dr. Bonnie Mallard is currently a professor of immunogenetics in the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Dr. Mallard is a member of the Centre of Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL), at the university. She has been recognized at the national and international levels for her work on the High Immune Response Technology (HIR) for improving the health of dairy cattle. In the last few years, she has focused on extending this technology for use in dairy sires and in developing a genomics test for HIR in order to broaden its application. Dr. Mallard has been published extensively, with over 100 full-length articles in referred journals, and has presented hundreds of abstracts and oral presentations at scientific meetings.

Bonnie Mallard

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