Karen S. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Ph. D.

Image Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein
Senior Research Scientist

Beef Cattle Physiology and Welfare

Current research and/or projects

Current Research

Project Lead
2017-2020
Incidence and characterization of feedlot lambs and ewe flock lameness in Alberta. Total Funds: $214,409

2018-2023
Identification of treatment strategies for the most common causes of lameness in feedlot cattle. Total Funds: $470,014

2018-2023
Effect of rest stop duration and quality of the welfare of cattle transported by road. Total Funds: $879,188

Project Co-Lead
2019-2029
Determining the effect of stress on the respiratory microbiome of cattle during transportation. Total Funds: $79,480 (T.Alexander Co-Lead; AAFC)

Project Collaborator
2018-2020
Circulating microRNA as biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis in feedlot cattle lameness $367,600 (L. Guan Lead; U of A)

2020-2022
Characterization and optimization of visual pen checking criteria to improve BRD treatment outcomes in feedlot cattle $183,996 (D. Moya Lead; U of S)

2018-2023
Further strategies to enhance the use of wheat in feedlot diets $475,502 (T. McAllister Lead; AAFC)

2018-2021
Simple strategies to reduce impacts of ergot alkaloids on beef cattle $394,745 (K. Stanford Lead; Alberta Agriculture and Forestry)

2018-2023
Effect of feeding ergot alkaloids on ruminal metabolism, growth performance, health and welfare of beef cattle: How much is too much? $565,640 (G. Ribeiro Lead; U of S)

Professional activities / interests

Associations and Certifications

  • Member of Canadian Society of Animal Science

  • Member of American Society of Animal Science

  • Certified PACCO Auditor for Meat Slaughter Plants

  • Certified PACCO Auditor for National Cattle Feeders Association Animal Care Assessment Program

 

Invited Member

  • Technical Advisory Committee of the Alberta Beef Producers

  • BC SPCA Species Advisory Committee

  • Technical Advisor for the Canadian Beef Export Federation

  • North American Food Animal Well-being Commission- Beef (Founded at the University of Kansas, Manhattan, KS).

  • Technical Advisor to the Canadian Cattle Feeders Association

  • Panel Member for Canadian Council on Animal Care

  • Canadian Round Table for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) Science Advisory Committee

  • Advisory Board Member for the Olds College Center of Innovation (TAC), Olds, AB.

  • Subcommittee member for the Canadian Council on Animal Care tasked with drafting “Guidelines for Choosing an Appropriate Endpoint for Animals in Research”

  • Canadian National Cattle Feeders Association Feedlot Animal Care Advisory Committee.

  • Chair of Scientist Committee for Canadian Transportation Codes of Practice - Cattle.

  • Member of the Code Development Subcommittee for the Canadian Transportation Codes of Practice (Represent Scientist Committee).

  • Technical Committee Member for Verified Beef Production + Program for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

  • Ethics Committee for Genome Alberta.

  • Chair of the Livestock Users Committee at the AAFC Lethbridge Research and Development Center.

Education and awards

Degrees

1996     University of Saskatchewan
PhD in Physiology and Applied Animal Ethology
1990     University of Regina
MSc in Biology
1986     University of Lethbridge
BSc in Science

Awards  

2013    Recipient of the Award of Distinction for Innovation by The Alberta Farm Animal Care Association
2015    Recipient of the Canadian Society of Animal Science Award for Extension
2017    Recipient of the Canadian Society of Animal Science Award for the Innovation for Safe and Affordable Food
2017    Recipient of the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation awarded by the Beef Cattle Research Council-            division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

 

International experience and/or work

Invited symposium speaker, lecturer, research collaboration and expert committee member regarding beef cattle welfare at numerous international events including Brazil, China, United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, and South Africa.

Key publications

  1. Nordi, W.M., Marti, S., Gellatly, D., Meléndez, D.M., González, L.A., McAllister, T.A., Fierheller, E.E., Caulkett, N.A., Janzen, E., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2020). Effect of preemptive flunixin meglumine and lidocaine on behavioral and physiological indicators of pain post-band and knife castration in 6-mo-old beef calves., 230 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2019.103838

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  2. Daniela M Meléndez, Sonia Marti, Luigi Faucitano, Derek B Haley, Timothy D Schwinghamer ...
    Journal of Animal Science, Volume 98, Issue Supplement_4, November 2020, Pages 296–297, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa278.535

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  3. Conference proceedings

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  4. https://wcds.ualberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/57/2020/03/p107-118-Schwartzkopf-Genswein-WCDS2020-TransportingCattleIn2020.pdf

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  5. Lauder, J.K., Marti, S., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S., Jelinski, M.D., Janzen, E.D. (2020). Measuring behavioral and physiological responses to pain mitigation for ovariectomy in Bos taurus yearling beef heifers, 98(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz386

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  6. Meléndez, D.M., Marti, S., Haley, D.B., Schwinghamer, T.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2020). Effect of transport and rest stop duration on the welfare of conditioned cattle transported by road, 15(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228492

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  7. Gellatly, D., Cyrillo, J.N.S.G., Sant'anna, A.C., Valente, T.S., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K., Da Costa, M.J.R.P. (2020). Flight speed as an indicator of Zebu cattle growth performance and suitability to the feedlot environment, 60(4), 560-566. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN18785

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  8. Meléndez, D.M., Marti, S., Pajor, E.A., Sidhu, P.K., Gellatly, D., Janzen, E.D., Schwinghamer, T.D., Coetzee, J.F., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2019). Pharmacokinetics of oral and subcutaneous meloxicam: Effect on indicators of pain and inflammation after knife castration in weaned beef calves, 14(5), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217518

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  9. Paddick, K.S., DeVries, T.J., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K., Steele, M.A., Walpole, M.E., Penner, G.B. (2019). Effect of the amount of concentrate offered in an automated milking system on dry matter intake, milk yield, milk composition, ruminal digestion, and behavior of primiparous Holstein cows fed isocaloric diets, 102(3), 2173-2187. http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2018-15138

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  10. Davis-Unger, J., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., Pajor, E.A., Hendrick, S., Marti, S., Dorin, C., Orsel, K. (2019). Prevalence and lameness-associated risk factors in Alberta feedlot cattle, 3(2), http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tas/txz008

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  11. Marti, S., Meléndez, D.M., Pajor, E.A., Moya, D., Gellatly, D., Janzen, E.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2019). Effect of a single dose of subcutaneous meloxicam before knife castration alone or combined with hot-iron branding on scrotal healing, inflammatory response, and behaviour in 2-mo-old beef calves over 42 d post procedure, 99(1), 179-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2018-0016

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  12. Meléndez, D.M., Marti, S., Pajor, E.A., Sidhu, P.K., Gellatly, D., Moya, D., Janzen, E.D., Coetzee, J.F., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2018). Effect of meloxicam and lidocaine administered alone or in combination on indicators of pain and distress during and after knife castration in weaned beef calves, 13(11), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0207289

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  13. Menajovsky, S.B., Walpole, C.E., DeVries, T.J., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S., Walpole, M.E., Penner, G.B. (2018). The effect of the forage-to-concentrate ratio of the partial mixed ration and the quantity of concentrate in an automatic milking system for lactating Holstein cows, 101(11), 9941-9953. http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2018-14665

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  14. Jelinski, M., Marti, S., Janzen, E., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K. (2018). A longitudinal investigation of an outbreak of toe tip necrosis syndrome in western canadian feedlot cattle, 59(11), 1202-1208. http://dx.doi.org/null

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  15. Marti, S., Meléndez, D.M., Pajor, E.A., Moya, D., Gellatly, D., Janzen, E.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2018). Effect of a single dose of subcutaneous meloxicam prior to band or knife castration in 1-wk-old beef calves: II. Inflammatory response and healing, 96(10), 4136-4148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/sky291

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  16. Meléndez, D.M., Marti, S., Pajor, E.A., Moya, D., Gellatly, D., Janzen, E.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2018). Effect of subcutaneous meloxicam on indicators of acute pain and distress after castration and branding in 2-mo-old beef calves, 96(9), 3606-3621. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/sky245

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  17. Meléndez, D.M., Marti, S., Pajor, E.A., Moya, D., Gellatly, D., Janzen, E.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2018). Effect of a single dose of meloxicam prior to band or knife castration in 1-wk-old beef calves: I. Acute pain, 96(4), 1268-1280. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/sky034

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  18. Hare, K., DeVries, T.J., Schwartkopf-Genswein, K.S., Penner, G.B. (2018). Does the location of concentrate provision affect voluntary visits, and milk and milk component yield for cows in an automated milking system?, 98(2), 399-404. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2017-0123

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  19. Davis-Unger, J., Pajor, E.A., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K., Marti, S., Dorin, C., Spackman, E., Orsel, K. (2017). Economic impacts of lameness in feedlot cattle, 1(4), 467-479. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/tas2017.0052

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  20. Meléndez, D.M., Marti, S., Pajor, E.A., Moya, D., Gellatly, D., Janzen, E.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2017). Effect of timing of subcutaneous meloxicam administration on indicators of pain after knife castration of weaned calves, 95(12), 5218-5229. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas2017.1978

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Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada

Affiliations

Affiliations

2004-present                        Adjunct Status at University of Saskatchewan

2010-present                        Adjunct Status at University of Calgary

2010-present                        Adjunct Status at UNESP University, Jaboticabal, Brazil

2012-present                        Adjunct Status at University of Manitoba

2019-present                        Adjunct Status at University of Guelph

Language

English