Lee-Anne Huber - Ontario Pork - Researcher Profiles
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Lee-Anne Huber

Project 20-002

Lee-Anne Huber is a research and assistant professor at the University of Guelph, Animal Biosciences - U of G bio

Lee-Anne was raised on a mixed farm of beef cattle and pigs and attended the University of Guelph with the intention of becoming a large animal veterinarian. She always enjoyed working with pigs and during her bachelor’s degree, discovered the world of swine nutrition research. Her passion for research led her to pursue swine research through graduate degrees and a post-doctoral fellowship in biomedical science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Lee-Anne's master’s research examined the dynamics of nutrient retention in entire male pigs after immunocastration. Her research found that immunocastration of entire male pigs is an effective way to remove boar taint from pork and improve nutrient utilization efficiency for net protein gain. Lee-Anne’s PhD research examined dietary amino acid utilization for milk protein production in lactating sows. She found that improving the amino acid balance of diets fed to lactating sows improves amino acid utilization for milk protein production. Crystalline amino acids allow for the formulation of low crude protein diets with improved amino acid balance. For her post-doctoral research she took a step back from agricultural research, and focused on the origins of adult human disease in infants using a mini-pig model. 

Project 20-002: Development of evidence-based feeding strategies for lactating sows using novel and evolving feeding technologies

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