Uttaro, Bethany, Ph.D.

Research Scientist. Meat Quality - Applied Bioinstrumentation

Contact Information:

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1W1
Telephone: 403-782-8107
Fax: 403-782-6120
Email: bethany.uttaro@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • pork
  • beef
  • tenderness
  • meat quality
  • food quality and nutrition - 420
  • animal growth and development
  • Detection and evaluation of meat quality of pork and beef, and  improvement of brine distribution problems in meats moisture enhanced to improve tenderness and other eating qualities; cooking dynamics of moisture enhanced meats.

Research publications

2017

  • Juarez, M., Horcada, A., Prieto, N., Roberts, J.C., Dugan, M.E.R., Lopez-Campos, O, Uttaro, B., Larsen, I.L., Hosford, S., Galbraith J., Aalhus J.L. 2017 Guaranteeing Canadian lamb meat quality using near infrared spectroscopy on intact rack. Can J Anim Sci. 98: 390-393. doi:10.1139/CJAS-2017-0106

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Other science related publications

2016

  • Prieto, N.; López-Campos, Ó.; Uttaro, B. and Aalhus, J.L. Meat Quality of Dark Cutters is Complex. Bull Breeders. Ed. Prairie Post. February (2016), pp A17.

2015

  • López-Campos, Ó., Larsen, I.L., Prieto, N., Juárez, M.L., Juárez, M., Dugan, M.E.R, Uttaro, B., and Aalhus, J.L. (2015). "Evaluation of the Canadian and U.S. beef yield equations.", CMSA, Ottawa, Canada, May, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Soladoye, P.O., Aalhus, J.L., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Dugan, M.E.R, Gariépy, C., Zhang, H., Ye, J., Shand, P.J., and Juárez, M. (2015). "Alternative management strategies for pork differentiation in Canada.", Banff Pork Seminar 2015, Banff, AB, Canada, January 20-22, 2015.
  • Uttaro, B., McCorkell, R.B., Hale, D., McLeod, B., and Young, M.G. (2015). "Mapping pork carcass lymph nodes.", Gentec Field Day, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, August 19, 2015. (Poster)
  • Vahmani, P., Meadus, W.J., Uttaro, B., López-Campos, Ó., Mapiye, C., Rolland, D.C., Caine, W.R., Aalhus, J.L., and Dugan, M.E.R (2015). "Effects of feeding beef fat from different body locations, and with different enrichments of biohydrogenation products on barrow performance, meat quality and body composition.", Banff Pork Seminar, Banff, Canada, January, 2015. (Presentation)

2014

  • Mapiye, C., Aalhus, J.L., Vahmani, P., Rolland, D.C., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., Procor, S.D., and Dugan, M.E.R (2014). "Subcutaneous biohydrogenation product profiles of steers fed forage-based diets with sunflower-seed and wheat dried distillers' grains with soubles.", ICoMST, Uruguay, August, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Soladoye, O.P., Juárez, M., Shand, P.J., Dugan, M.E.R, Uttaro, B., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Zhang, H.M., Larsen, I.L., and Aalhus, J.L. (2014). "Effects of selected pre- and post-slaughter factors on pork carcass quality traits.", 2014 Banff Pork Seminar, Banff, Alberta, Canada. (Abstract)
  • Zhang, H.M., Aalhus, J.L., Larsen, I.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Uttaro, B., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Soladoye, O.P., Ye, J., and Juárez, M. (2014). "Optimizing Canadian pork chemical composition and eating quality through integrated management strategies.", 2014 Banff Pork Seminar, Banff, Alberta, Canada. (Abstract)

2013

  • Aalhus, J.L., Basarab, J.A., Larsen, I.L., López-Campos, Ó., Dugan, M.E.R, Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Schaefer, A.L., Cook, N.J., Plastow, G., Li, C., Calkins, C.R., and Juárez, M. (2013). "The Phenomic Challenge – Integrating performance, carcass and meat quality data with genomics.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, O44, pp. 20.
  • Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Uttaro, B., and Zijlstra, R.T. (2013). "Development of on-line quantification of beef and pork fatty acid composition.", 2013 ALMA Future Fare. (Poster)
  • Aalhus, J.L., López-Campos, Ó., Prieto, N., Rodas-Gonzalez, A., Dugan, M.E.R, Uttaro, B., Juárez, M., and Juarez, M. (2013). "Meat quality and improving carcass value.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013. (Abstract)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Zawadski, S.M., Landry, S., Aalhus, J.L., and Uttaro, B. (2013). "Packaging for retail appearance improvement of dark cutting beef.", 93rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council, Banff, AB, Canada, May 29-31, 2013, pp. 6.
  • Mapiye, C., Turner, T.D., Rolland, D.C., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., and Dugan, M.E.R (2013). "Beef production and quality of yearling steers fed high-forage diets with flaxseed or sunflower-seed.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P29, pp. 37. (Poster)
  • Mapiye, C., Turner, T.D., Rolland, D.C., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., and Dugan, M.E.R (2013). "Composition of biohydrogenation intermediates in intramuscular fat of yearling steers fed forage-based diets with supplemental flaxseed or sunflower-seed.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P28, pp. 36. (Poster)
  • Mapiye, C., Turner, T.D., Rolland, D.C., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., and Dugan, M.E.R (2013). "Effects of feeding flaxseed and sunflower seed diets in high forage diets on biohydrogenation intermediates in adipose tissues of yearling steers.", ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, Indianapololis, USA, July 2013. (Abstract)
  • Mapiye, C., Turner, T.D., Rolland, D.C., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., and Dugan, M.E.R (2013). "Effects of feeding flaxseed or sunflower-seed in high forage diets on biohydrogenation intermediates in adipose tissues of yearling steers.", ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, Indianapololis, USA, July 2013. (Abstract)
  • Meadus, W.J., Turner, T.D., Dugan, M.E.R, Aalhus, J.L., Duff, P., Rolland, D., Uttaro, B., and Gibson, L.L. (2013). "Injection of pork loins with the long chain fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and its effect on flavour.", 59th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST2013), Izmir, Turkey, August 18-23, 2013.
  • Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R, Aalhus, J.L., and Uttaro, B. (2013). "Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy: an alternative technology to predict meat quality.", Prairie Post - Bull Breeders, February, pp. 14-15.
  • Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Mapiye, C., Dugan, M.E.R, Young, M.G., Zamora, A.M.V., Zijlstra, R.T., Aalhus, J.L., and Beltranena, E. (2013). "Near infrared spectroscopy predicting fatty acid content in backfat from pigs fed reduced-oil corn dried distillers grains with solubles.", 59th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST2013), Izmir, Turkey, August 18-23, 2013.
  • Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Mapiye, C., Dugan, M.E.R, Zamora, A.M.V., Young, M., and Beltranena, E. (2013). "Estimation of pork fatty acid composition from pigs fed reduced-oil corn dried distillers grains with solubles using near infrared spectroscopy and two sample treatments.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013.
  • Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Mapiye, C., Dugan, M.E.R, Zamora, A.M.V., Young, M., and Beltranena, E. (2013). "Potential of near infrared spectroscopy to predict fatty acid composition in subcutaneous fat from pigs fed reduced-oil corn distillers dried grains with solubles.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013.
  • Prieto, N., Uttaro, B., Mapiye, C., Dugan, M.E.R, Zamora, A.M.V., Young, M.G., Zijlstra, R.T., Aalhus, J.L., and Beltranena, E. (2013). "Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy predicts fatty acid content in backfat from pigs fed reduced-oil corn dried distillers grains with solubles.", 59th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST2013), Izmir, Turkey, August 18-23, 2013.
  • Puente, J.A., Uttaro, B., Samanta, S., Aalhus, J.L., Elezzabi, A., and Bruce, H.L. (2013). "Interaction Effects of Chiller Temperatures, Electrical Stimulation and Ageing on Beef Quality.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, O10-GS, pp. 7.
  • Rodas-González, A.R., Galbraith, J., Uttaro, B., López-Campos, Ó., Juárez, M., Siegel, D., and Aalhus, J.L. (2013). "Effects of electrical stimulation and nitrite film packaging on colour stability of bison steaks and ground meat.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, #1042, P30, pp. 37. (Poster)
  • Rodas-González, A.R., López-Campos, Ó., Galbraith, J., Uttaro, B., Juárez, M., and Aalhus, J.L. (2013). "Effects of electrical stimulation on meat quality of Bison strip-loin steaks.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, #1050, P31, pp. 37. (Poster)
  • Turner, T.D., Aalhus, J.L., Mapiye, C., Rolland, D.C., Larsen, I.L., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., and Dugan, M.E.R (2013). "Enriching hamburger with PUFA biohydrogenation products by supplementing steers fed high forage diets with either flaxseed or sunflower seed: Effects of adipose tissue source on palatability and fatty acid composition.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P20, pp. 32. (Poster)
  • Turner, T.D., Mapiye, C., Rolland, D.C., Basarab, J.A., Baron, V.S., McAllister, T.A., Block, H.C., Uttaro, B., Lopez-Campos, O., López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., and Dugan, F.M. (2013). "Inclusion of perirenal fat to enhance the bioactive fatty acid content of hamburger.", 2013, Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 18-20, 2013.

2012

  • Holdstock, J., Bruce, H.L., Aalhus, J.L., Larsen, I.L., and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Recovering value from Canada B4 dark cutting beef carcasses.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012, Paper 352.
  • López-Campos, Ó. and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Lacombe Research Centre, Research Update.", Regional Supervisors Conference of the Canadian Beef Grading Agency 2012, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, September, 2012.
  • López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., Dugan, M.E.R, and Juárez, M. (2012). "Ten year trends in the Canadian Beef Quality and Lean Meat Yield Grades.", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter, 2012(June), pp. 22. (Newsletter)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., Dugan, M.E.R, and Juárez, M. (2012). "Ten year trends in the Canadian Beef Quality and Lean Meat Yield Grades.", Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) and Canadian Meat Council (CMC) 2012 Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, Québec City, QC, Canada, May 29-June 1, 2012, pp. 9. (Abstract)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Uttaro, B., Zawadski, S.M., Landry, S., and Aalhus, J.L. (2012). "Preliminary evaluation of beef of different qualities packaged under nitrogen on long term retail appearance.", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter(June 2012), pp. 27. (Newsletter)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Uttaro, B., Zawadski, S.M., Landry, S., and Aalhus, J.L. (2012). "Preliminary evaluation of beef of different qualities packaged under nitrogen on long term retail appearance.", Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) and Canadian Meat Council (CMC) 2012 Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, Québec City, QC, Canada, May 29-June 1, 2012, pp. 5. (Abstract)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Uttaro, B., Zawadski, S.M., Landry, S., and Aalhus, J.L. (2012). "Preliminary evaluation of packaging methods on long term retail appearance of beef of different qualities.", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter(June 2012), pp. 26. (Newsletter)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Uttaro, B., Zawadski, S.M., Landry, S., and Aalhus, J.L. (2012). "Preliminary evaluation of packaging methods on long term retail appearance of beef of different qualities.", Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) and Canadian Meat Council (CMC) 2012 Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, Québec City, QC, Canada, May 29-June 1, 2012, pp. 2. (Abstract)
  • Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R, López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Near infrared spectroscopy prediction of polyunsaturated fatty acids and biohydrogenation products in perirenal adipose tissue from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012, Paper 222.
  • Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R, López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Rapid prediction of PUFA and biohydrogenation intermediates in perirenal fat by near infrared spectroscopy from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed.", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter(June 2012), pp. 23. (Newsletter)
  • Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R, López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Rapid prediction of PUFA and biohydrogenation intermediates in perirenal fat by near infrared spectroscopy from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed.", Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) and Canadian Meat Council (CMC) 2012 Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, Québec City, QC, Canada, May 29-June 1, 2012, pp. 7. (Abstract)
  • Prieto, N., López-Campos, Ó., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Predicting polyunsaturated fatty acids and biohydrogenation products in perrirenal adipose tissue from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed by near infrared spectroscopy.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012.
  • Prieto, N., López-Campos, Ó., Juárez, M., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Potential of near infrared spectroscopy to estimate meat quality attributes from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012, Paper 223.
  • Prieto, N., López-Campos, Ó., Juárez, M., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Using near infrared spectroscopy to estimate meat quality attributes from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed.", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter(June 2012), pp. 22. (Newsletter)
  • Prieto, N., López-Campos, Ó., Juárez, M., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, and Uttaro, B. (2012). "Using near infrared spectroscopy to estimate meat quality attributes from cattle fed sunflower or flaxseed.", Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) and Canadian Meat Council (CMC) 2012 Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, Québec City, QC, Canada, May 29-June 1, 2012, pp. 11. (Abstract)

2011

  • Aalhus, J.L., Gariépy, C., Basarab, J.A., Dugan, M.E.R, Fitzsimmons, C.J., Caine, W.R., Uttaro, B., and Juárez, M. (2011). "Optimizing Canadian pork quality through integrated management strategies.", 40th Banff Pork Seminar 2011, Banff Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, January 18-21, 2011.
  • Holdstock, J., Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., and Bruce, H.L. (2011). "Understanding the Formation of Grade B4 Beef in Alberta.", Canadian Meat Science Association 60th Annual Meeting / Canadian Meat Council Technical Symposium 91st Annual Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 4-7, 2011, pp. 13. (Poster)
  • Holdstock, J., Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., and Bruce, H.L. (2011). "Understanding the formation of dark cutting beef.", 60th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), Atlantica Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 4-5, 2011.
  • Holdstock, J., Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., and Bruce, H.L. (2011). "Understanding the grade B4 beef in Alberta.", 64th Annual Reciprocal Meat Conference, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA, June 19-22, 2011, Published in: Meat Science, 89(4), pp. 350. (Abstract).
  • López-Campos, Ó., Juárez, M., Larsen, I.L., Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., Robertson, W.M., and Basarab, J.A. (2011). "Effect of production system and implant strategies on steer maturity and carcass characteristics.", Canadian Meat Science Association Annual Meeting, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 4-6, 2011, published in 2011 Annual Meeting Poster Session Abstracts, pp. 18. (Poster)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Robertson, W.M., Aalhus, J.L., Larsen, I.L., Baron, V.S., Juárez, M., Uttaro, B., Okine, E.K., and Basarab, J.A. (2011). "Effect of production system and implant strategies on steer performance and carcass traits.", Canadian Meat Science Association Annual Meeting, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 4-6, 2011, published in 2011 Annual Meeting Poster Session Abstracts, pp. 17. (Poster)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., Zawadski, S.M., and Landry, S. (2011). "Evaluation of packaging methods on long term retail appearance of beef of different qualities: A final report to the Beef Industry.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Lacombe Research Centre, AB. (Technology transfer)
  • López-Campos, Ó., Uttaro, B., and Aalhus, J.L. (2011). "A packaging solution for colour improvement of dark cutting beef.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Lacombe Research Centre, AB. (Technology transfer)
  • Meadus, W.J., Dugan, M.E.R, Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., Rolland, D., and Duff, P. (2011). "Feeding Docosahexaenoic acid in microalgae biomass to pigs reduces triglycerides and induces fat oxidation in liver, adipose and muscle.", 60th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), Atlantica Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 4-5, 2011. (Poster)
  • Nassu, R.T., Uttaro, B., Aalhus, J.L., Zawadski, S.M., Juárez, M., and Dugan, M.E.R (2011). "Effect of packaging in the colour of beef with different α-tocopherol levels.", 57th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Ghent, Belgium, August 7-12, 2011.
  • Prieto, N., Dugan, M.E.R, López-Campos, Ó., McAllister, T.A., Aalhus, J.L., and Uttaro, B. (2011). "Predicting the content of polyunsaturated fatty acids and biohydrogenation products in subcutaneous fat of beef cows fed flaxseed by near infrared reflectance spectroscopy.", 60th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), Atlantica Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 4-5, 2011.
  • Uttaro, B. (2011). "Meat tenderness: from observation to prediction. How did we get here? Where are we going?", Canadian Meat Science Association Newsletter, 2011(Spring), pp. 26-30. (Newsletter)
  • Uttaro, B. (2011). "The cost of colour.", Prairie Post, 2011(February), pp. A12.

2010

  • Juárez, M., Caine, W.R., Dugan, M.E.R, Hidiroglou, N., Larsen, I.L., Uttaro, B., and Aalhus, J.L. (2010). "Effects of dry-ageing on pork quality.", 56th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Jeju, South Korea, August 15-20, 2010.
  • Meadus, W.J., Dugan, M.E.R, Aalhus, J.L., Uttaro, B., and Duff, P. (2010). "The effect of feeding omega-3 DHA on liver, muscle and fat tissue gene expression.", 90th Annual Conference of the Canadian Meat Council, Fairmont Empress Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 5-7, 2010.

2009

  • Aalhus, J.L., Juárez, M., Aldai, N., Uttaro, B., and Dugan, M.E.R (2009). "Meat preparation and eating quality.", 55th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Copenhagen, Denmark, August 9-13, 2009, pp. 1058-1063.
  • Juárez, M., Caine, W.R., Aalhus, J.L., Dugan, M.E.R, Hidiroglou, N., and Uttaro, B. (2009). "Effects of dry-ageing on pork quality of vitamin E enhanced loins.", ADSA-CSAS-ASAS 2009 Joint Annual Meeting, Montréal Convention Center, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 12-16, 2009, Published in: Journal of Animal Science, 87(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 56 (#M172). (Abstract)
  • Meadus, W.J., Uttaro, B., Dugan, M.E.R, Aalhus, J.L., Duff, P., Rolland, D.C., and Gibson, L.L. (2009). "Enrichment of pork products with DHA omega-3 lipids.", 38th Banff Pork Seminar: Bringing Back Profitability, Banff, AB, Canada, January 20-23, 2009. (Abstract)
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