The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has hired Dr, Laura Eastwood to be its swine specialist working from offices in Stratford.
Dr. Eastwood has been working on swine nutrition at the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon after completing her PhD in 2013.
She grew up in Burlington, studied animal biology at the University of Guelph and soon after obtaining her Master of Science degree began her doctoral studies in Saskatoon.
Her work there focused mainly on improving piglet health through nutrition, and determining strategies to mitigate the post-weaning growth lag.
She has also looked for strategies to feed mycotoxin-contaminated grain to swine.
She will be starting her new position July 13.