Karen S. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Ph. D.

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Senior Research Scientist

Beef Cattle Physiology and Welfare

Current research and/or projects

Current Research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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. 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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  2. Conference proceedings

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

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  4. Moya, D., Silasi, R., McAllister, T.A., Genswein, B., Crowe, T., Marti, S., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2015). Use of pattern recognition techniques for early detection of morbidity in receiving feedlot cattle, 93(7), 3623-3638. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2015-8907

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  5. Montanholi, Y.R., Lim, M., Macdonald, A., Smith, B.A., Goldhawk, C., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K., Miller, S.P. (2015). Technological, environmental and biological factors: Referent variance values for infrared imaging of the bovine, 6(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40104-015-0027-y

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  6. Moya, D., He, M.L., Jin, L., Wang, Y., Penner, G.B., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S., McAllister, T.A. (2015). Effect of grain type and processing index on growth performance, carcass quality, feeding behavior, and stress response of feedlot steers, 93(6), 3091-3100. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2014-8680

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  7. Marti, S., Devant, M., Amatayakul-Chantler, S., Jackson, J.A., Lopez, E., Janzen, E.D., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S. (2015). Effect of anti-gonadotropin-releasing factor vaccine and band castration on indicators of welfare in beef cattle, 93(4), 1581-1591. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2014-8346

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  8. Stanford, K., Gibb, D.J., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S., van Herk, F., McAllister, T.A. (2015). Feeding subtherapeutic antimicrobials to low-risk cattle does not confer consistent performance benefits, 95(4), 589-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJAS-2015-008

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  9. Soares, D.R., Cyrillo, J.N.S., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., and Paranhos da Costa, M.J.R. (2014). "Feedlot cattle with good temperament have better carcass composition.", Brazilian Animal production Soceity, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Abstract)

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  10. Marti, S., Devant, M., Amatayakul-Chantler, S., Jackson, J.A., Lopez, E., Janzen, E., and Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. (2014). "Effect of anti-GnRF vaccine and band-castration on indicators of welfare in beef cattle.", 4th annual Beef cattle Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 19-20, 2014. (Abstract)

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  11. Kehler, C., Ominski, K.H., Connor, L., Crowe, T.G., and Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. (2014). "The relationship between trailer motion and carcass bruising in market cows during transport.", Journal of Animal Science, 92(E-Suppl.2), pp. 110. (Abstract)

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  12. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. (2014). "What is welfare and how do we measure it in beef cattle?", Olds College, Olds, AB, Canada, November 4, 2014. (Presentation)

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  13. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. and Grandin, T. (2014). "Cattle Transport by Road.", in Grandin, T. (ed.) - Livestock Handling and Transport 4th edition, pp. 143-173.

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  14. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. (2014). "Welfare prcatices to increase beef production and sustainability.", Alberta Agricultural Economics Association, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, May 1, 2014. (Presentation)

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  15. Wolfger, B., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., Levy, M., Barkema, H.W., and Pajor, E.A. (2014). "Using feeding behaviour to predict respiratory disease in feedlots.", Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Dublin, Ireland. (Abstract)

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  16. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., Janzen, E., Jelinski, M., Dorin, C., Orsel, K., Pajor, E., Shearer, J., Millman, S., Coetzee, H., Thomson, D., Demmans, L., Moya, D., and Marti, S. (2014). "Occurrence, characterization and risk factors associated with lameness within Alberta feedlots: Preliminary results.", 4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/registration/events/conferences/beefwelfare/speakers.htm. (Abstract)

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  17. Moote, P.E., Church, J.S., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., and Van Hamme, J.D. (2014). "Effect of Fermented Winery By-Product Supplemented Rations on the Temperament and Meat Quality of Angus-Hereford X Steers During Feeding in a British Columbia Feedlot.", Journal of Food Research, 3(6), pp. 124-135. doi : 10.5539/jfr.v3n6p124

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  18. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. (2014). "What is welfare and how do we measure it in beef cattle?", National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Cattlemen’s College, Nashville, TN, USA, February 4, 2014. (Presentation)

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  19. Marti, S., Jelinski, M., Dorin, C., Janzen, E., Olson, M.E., Ralston, B.J., and Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G. (2014). "Effect of oral meloxicam on indicators of pain following band castration in beef calves.", Journal of Animal Science, 92(E-Suppl.2), pp. 405. (Abstract)

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  20. Demmans, L., Marti, S., Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., and Janzen, E. (2014). "Lameness in Southern Alberta Feedlots.", 4th annual Beef cattle Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 19-20, 2014. (Abstract)

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Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1



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