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ucdtreadmill.jpgResearchers at the UC-Davis Equine Performance Research Center outlined some of their studies for a tour group of breed association executives from the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. The meeting in Sacramento this week included a tour of UCD facilities and lots of discussion about industry trends and issues. In case you’re wondering, this particular nanny is part of a study for the U.S. Army to investigate the effects of less than ideal environmental conditions (specifically dust and altitude) on soldiers.

For equine studies, the treadmill is especially useful in studying a horse’s gait and stride for signs of lameness and related compensatory changes. UCD is a premier facility with well-respected researchers in a variety of equine projects. The tour was definitely a highlight of the gathering in Sacramento. We also heard from experts in the field of genetic technologies who discussed “genomic enabled animal selection” and emerging science (which continues to amaze).

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