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Dr. Christine Baes receives the J.L. Lush Award for Animal Breeding

Dr. Christine Baes recognized with the J.L. Lush Award for Animal Breeding

Dr. Christine Baes, professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Biosciences at U of G’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) received the J.L. Lush award from American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) for her substantial contributions to advancing dairy genetics. Baes is the seventh person from Guelph to receive this prestigious prize since its creation in 1982.

Baes was born and raised on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario and learned to appreciate Canadian agriculture at a young age. After completing her Bachelors degree at Guelph, she went on to finish a Master of Science degree in Animal Welfare at the Universität Hohenheim and a PhD in Quantitative Genetics at the the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology and the Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel in Germany.

Dr. Baes and her research team focus on improving health, welfare and productivity of farm animals through genetic and genomic selection, as well as uncovering the relationship between phenotype and genotype in livestock. She is interested in developing new methods and statistical models for the genetic improvement of livestock, as well as designing breeding strategies for long-term and sustainable genetic improvement.

In her spare time, she runs a small farm outside of Maryhill.

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