Dr. Manuel Juárez

Image Manuel Maria Juarez Davila
Livestock Phenomics Scientist

Dr. Manuel Juárez coordinates the Livestock Phenomics program, linking livestock genomics and phenotypical research focused on meat production. Dr. Juárez applies a holistic approach to evaluate the interactions between genetic and environmental factors, being able to quantify their relative contribution on animal performance, carcass and meat quality traits. Breeders can benefit from being able to select and sort animals based on current and expected market conditions. His goal is the optimization of livestock production systems to maximize profitability while maintaining or enhancing carcass and meat quality.

Current research and/or projects

  • Classifying Canadian pork based on quality attributes. Swine Innovation Porc. 2018-2022.
  • Developing a Canadian Total Quality Management System for Beef Processing.  Beef Cattle Research Council. 2018-2023.
  • Canada's National Beef Quality Audit at Retail and Processing. Beef Cattle Research Council. 2020-2023.

Research and/or project statements

  • Linking livestock genomics and phenotypical research
  • Evaluation of interactions between genetic and environmental factors
  • Selection of animals and production systems based on current and expected market conditions
  • Optimization of livestock production systems to maximize profitability while maintaining or enhancing carcass and meat quality

Professional activities / interests

  • Associate Editor in the area of Meat Science for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science
  • Past President Canadian Meat Science Association
  • Volunteer at the Alberta Science Network

Education and awards

Education:

  • Management and Leadership Development Program. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 2016
  • Master in Management of Agri-Food Companies. EOI Spain (Executive Education International). 2008
  • PhD in Animal Production. European PhD Program. University of Seville. 2007
  • Master Business Administration (MBA). International Business Centre (CEREM). 2003
  • Doctor Veterinary Medicine. University of Cordoba. 2002

Awards

  • Award for Best Communication in the area of “Meat and Health”. 56th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST). Jeju, South Korea. 2010
  • 2007-2008 PhD Award of Excellence. University of Seville. 2010
  • Award Young Researcher “Intervet”. SEOC (Spanish Sheep and Goat Breeders Association). Badajoz. Spain. 2003
  • Award Best Scientific Communication. 7th Army Veterinary Congress. Madrid. Spain. 2003

International experience and/or work

2019: A/Director Research Development and Technology (Alberta).

2017-218: A/Associate Director Research Development and Technology. AAFC-Lethbridge and Summerland Research and Development Centres.

2017-2108: President Canadian Meat Science Association.

2012-2013: A/Director of Operations. AAFC-Lacombe Research Centre. Lacombe, AB, Canada.

2011-Present: Livestock Phenomics Scientist. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Lacombe, AB, Canada.

2009-20110: NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Lacombe, AB, Canada.

2008: Quality Differentiation Specialist. Spanish Association of Malagueña Goat Breeders. Malaga, Spain.

2007: Meat Quality Researcher. Italian Agriculture Research Council (C.R.A.). Monterotondo, Rome. Italy.

2005-2006: Research Assistant. TEAGASC. Ashtown Food Research Centre. Dublin, Ireland.

2003-2004: Veterinary and Production Manager. Honkolan Kartano. Urjala, Finland.

2002-2003: Applied Geneticist. Spanish Merino Sheep Breeders’ Association. Madrid, Spain.

Key publications

  1. Soladoye, O.P., Shand, P., Dugan, M.E.R., Gariépy, C., Aalhus, J.L., Estévez, M., Juárez, M. (2017). Influence of cooking methods and storage time on lipid and protein oxidation and heterocyclic aromatic amines production in bacon, 99 660-669. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2017.06.029

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  2. Juárez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Gariépy, C., Aalhus, J.L. (2017). Relative contribution of breed, slaughter weight, sex, and diet to the fatty acid composition of differentiated pork, 97(3), 395-405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/CJAS-2016-0103

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  3. Juarez, M. 2017. Livestock phenomics and integrated meats research at the Lacombe Research and Development Centre. In Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Calgary, Canada.

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  4. Soladoye, O.P., Uttaro, B., Zawadski, S., Dugan, M.E.R., Gariépy, C., Aalhus, J.L., Shand, P., Juárez, M. (2017). Compositional and dimensional factors influencing pork belly firmness, 129 54-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2017.02.006

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  5. Roberts J, Rodas-González A, Juárez M, López-Campos Ó, Larsen IL, Aalhus JL (2017) Muscle profiling of retail characteristics within the Canadian cull cow grades. Can J Anim Sci 97 (4):562-573. doi:10.1139/cjas-2017-0001

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  6. Silva, M.L.P., Juárez, M., Nassu, R.T., Tullio, R.R., Berndt, A., Alencar, M.M., Rolland, D.C., Dugan, M.E.R. (2017). Relative contribution of breed, gender, and diet to the fatty acid profile of young crossbred beef cattle finished on feedlot, 97(1), 6-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2015-0147

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  7. Aalhus, J.L., Thacker, R.D., Larsen, I.L., Roberts, J.C., Price, M.A., Juárez, M. (2017). Control points to reduce movement of central nervous system tissue during beef slaughter, 80(2), 355-360. http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-16-302

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  8. Dugan, M., López-Campos, O., Aalhus, J.L., Vahmani, P., Prieto, N., Juárez, M., McAllister, T., Stanford, K. Lamb fat composition: the good, the not so good and possibilities for the future. N’ewesletters Winter 2017.

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  9. Vahmani, P., Rolland, D.C., Mapiye, C., Dunne, P.G., Aalhus, J.L., Juarez, M., McAllister, T.A., Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R. (2017). Increasing desirable polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations in fresh beef intramuscular fat, 12 http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/PAVSNNR201712020

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  10. Soladoye, O. P., Campos, Ó. L., Aalhus, J. L., Gariépy, C., Shand, P., & Juárez, M. (2016). Accuracy of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in assessing carcass composition from different pig populations. Meat Science, 121, 310-316.

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  11. López-Campos, Ó., Larsen, I.L., Prieto, N., Juarez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Evaluation of total lean and saleable meat yield prediction equations and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry for a rapid, non-invasive yield prediction in beef. In Proceedings of the 96th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council. Ottawa, Canada.

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  12. SIM detection and quantification of MIB & Geosmin in trout using SBSE-GC-MS

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  13. Juarez, M., Lopez Campos, O., Prieto, N., Hosford, S., Galbraith, J., Uttaro, B., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Evaluating alternative lamb carcass classification systems in Canada. Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter.

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  14. López-Campos, Ó., Larsen, I.L., Prieto, N., Juarez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Evaluation of total lean and saleable meat yield prediction equations and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry for a rapid, non-invasive yield prediction in beef. In Proceedings of the 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference. San Angelo, Texas.

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  15. Zhang, H., Aalhus, J.L., Gariépy, C., Uttaro, B., López-Campos, O., Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R., Jin, Y., Juárez, M. (2016). Effects of pork differentiation strategies in Canada on pig performance and carcass characteristics, 96(4), 512-523. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2015-0197

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  16. Horcada, A., Polvillo, O., Juárez, M., Avilés, C., Martínez, A.L., Peña, F. (2016). Influence of feeding system (concentrate and total mixed ration) on fatty acid profiles of beef from three lean cattle breeds, 49 110-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2016.04.008

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  17. Galbraith, J. K., J. L. Aalhus, M. Juárez, M. E. R. Dugan, I. L. Larsen, N. Aldai, L. A. Goonewardene, and E. K. Okine. "Meat Colour Stability and Fatty Acid Profile in Commercial Bison and Beef." Journal of Food Research 5, no. 3 (2016): 92.

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  18. Juárez, M., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., Valera, M., López-Campos, Ó., Larsen, I.L., Aalhus, J.L. (2016). Relative contribution of electrical stimulation to beef tenderness compared to other production factors, 96(2), 104-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2015-0041

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  19. Lopez Campos, O., Prieto, N., Juarez, M., Dugan, M.E.R., and Aalhus, J. 2016. Advancing technology development for beef total quality management. Prairie Post - Bull Breeders (February).

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  20. O.P. Soladoye, Ó. López Campos, J.L. Aalhus, N. Prieto, C. Gariépy, P.J. Shand, M. Juárez, Evaluating the accuracy of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) in predicting carcass composition from varying pig populations, Meat Science, Volume 112, 2016, Page 185, ISSN 0309-1740, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2015.08.195.
    (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309174015003344)

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Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1
Canada

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor University of Saskatchewan
  • Adjunct Professor University of Manitoba
  • Adjunct Professor University of Guelph

Language

English
French

Other languages

Spanish, Italian