Featured Speakers

Dr. Paul Luimes, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. (confirmed)

Livestock Nutrition
College Research Professor
University of Guelph

Research Interests:

Dr. Paul Luimes is a College Research Professor at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. He teaches and does research in the Livestock section. His primary area of research interest is sheep nutrition but has also conducted trials in swine and dairy nutrition. His teaching includes a general course (Livestock Systems) and advanced courses (Small Ruminant Production and Ruminant Nutrition). Besides doing talk around Ontario, he has been to Manitoba and is scheduled to speak in Alberta in October. Internationally, he has been to Colombia a few times to advise producers and researchers involved in small ruminant production on best practices for improving production. Dr. Luimes has been married to Kathryn for 19 years and they have 5 children from age 8 to 16.

Dr. Luime’s research projects include:

  • Feeding corn cob meal to lambs (2014) Ontario Sheep
  • Preliminary investigation into ewe feed efficiency (2013) Ontario Sheep
  • Does pelleting lamb feed improve efficiency cost effectively? (2012) Ontario Sheep
  • Dried distillers’ grains with solubles inclusion for lamb feeder diets (2011). Ontario Sheep
  • Corn silage inclusion for lamb feeder diets (2010). Ontario Sheep
  • Investigation into ketosis in sows during late gestation and early lactation (2009). Ontario Pork and OMAFRA
  • Using infrared thermography to detect lameness in sows (2009). OMAFRA

Corlena Patterson (confirmed)

Executive Director
Canadian Sheep Federation

Corlena Patterson serves as the Executive Director for the Canadian Sheep Federation, the national industry group representing sheep farmers across Canada.  Prior to her appointment as ED, Corlena served as National Scrapie Coordinator for the CSF’s National TSE Eradication Plan overseeing the completion of national scrapie prevalence study and the development of the small ruminant industry’s Scrapie Eradication Strategic Plan.  Formally educated in agricultural science, Corlena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Equine Studies from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Formerly, Corlena served as Adjunct Lecturer in the Equine and Agriculture Departments at the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph, and managed the Campus’s equine teaching and research facility.  Corlena hails from an agribusiness and farming family, has owned and operated her own farm and has worked exclusively within Canada’s agriculture sector.