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Farmer, Chantal, agr., Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Swine Lactation Biology

Contact Information:

2000 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1M 0C8
Telephone: 819-780-7222
Fax: 819-564-5507
Email: chantal.farmer@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Improving sow lactation performances via management, nutritional and endocrine factors
  • Endocrine control of mammogenesis, colostrogenesis and lactation in swine
  • Endocrine control of fetal and neonatal development in swine
  • Nutritional requirements of gilts to optimize their mammary gland development

Current Projects:

  • Effects of increasing prolactin concentrations in sows on their mammary development and lactation performance
  • Effects of dietary supplementation with the phytoestrogen genistein on mammary development of gestating gilts
  • Effects of teat use or non-use in first lactation on its development and milk yield in second lactation
  • Restrictive followed by compensatory feeding of gestating sows: effects on mammary development and milk yield

Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor, Laval University, Animal Science Dept.

Research publications

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2017

  • Palin, M.F., Duarte, C.R.A., Comi, M. and Farmer, C. (2017) Prolactin, prolactin receptor and adiponutrin mRNA Abundances in mammary extraparenchymal tissue of gilts are affected by body condition. ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show, July 8-12, Baltimore, MD, USA Journal of Animal Science Vol. 95, Supplement 4, p. 171-172 doi:10.2527/asasann.2017.347. (Invited speaker).

2016

  • Farmer, C., Comi, M., Vignola, M., Charagu, P., Duarte, C.R.A. and Palin, M.F. (2016) Differences in body condition of gilts that are maintained from mating to the end of gestation affect their mammary development. Journal of Animal Science Vol. 94, E-Suppl. 5/Journal of Dairy Science Vol. 99, E-Suppl. 1. p. 405. (Abstract 859). doi: 10.2527/jam2016-0859

2015

  • Farmer, C. (2015). "Altering prolactin concentrations in sows.", 8th ICFAE meeting, Billund, Denmark, DCA Report No. 064, Aarhus University, pp. 30. (Abstract)
  • Farmer, C., Palin, M.-F., and Vignola, M. (2015). "Body condition of gilts at the end of gestation affects their mammary development.", Journal of Animal Science, 93(Suppl s3), pp. 218. (Abstract)
  • Farmer, C., Palin, M.-F., and Vignola, M. (2015). "Body condition of gilts at the end of gestation affects their mammary development.", ADSA-ASAS 2015 JAM (Joint Annual Meeting), Orlando, Florida, USA, July 12-16, 2-15, Invited Conference, pp. 101. (Abstract)

2014

  • Devillers, N., Giraud, D., and Farmer, C. (2014). "Neonatal piglets can differentiate more productive from less productive teats.", 12th ISAE North American Regional Meeting, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, May 30-31, 2014, pp. 44. (Abstract)
  • Farmer, C. (2014). "Lactation Success.", 14th London Swine Conference-Positioning for success, March 26-27, 2014, pp. 23-26.
  • Farmer, C. (2014). "Milk production and mammary development.", Advances in Pork Production, University of Alberta.
  • Farmer, C., Palin, M.-F., and Martel-Kennes, Y. (2014). "Compensatory feeding of gestating gilts does not affect mammary development of their offspring at puberty.", Journal of Animal Science, 92(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 204. (Abstract)
  • Loisel, F., Farmer, C., van Hees, H., and Quesnel, H. (2014). "Prolactin and progesterone concentrations around farrowing influence sow colostrum yield.", 65th Annual Meeting of EAAP, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 357. (Abstract)

2013

  • Daniels, K.M., Farmer, C., Jiménez-Flores, R., and Rijnkels, M. (2013). "LACTATION BIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM: The long-term impact of epigenetics and maternal infl uence on the eonate through milk-borne factors and nutrient status (Review).", Journal of Animal Science, 91(2), pp. 673-675.
  • Farmer, C. and Devillers, N. (2013). "Teat use or non-use in first lactation affects its milk yield in the next lactation.", Western Hog Journal (WHJ), 34(3), pp. 34-36.

2012

  • Martineau, G.-P., Farmer, C., and Peltoniemi, O. (2012). "Mammary System.", in Zimmerman, J.J., Karriker, L.A., Ramirez, A., Schwartz, K.J., Stevenson, G.W. (eds.) - Disease of Swine. 10th Edition, Wiley - Blackwell, Chapter 18, pp. 270-293.

2011

  • Farmer, C. (2011). "Factors affecting milk production and mammary development in swine.", 3rd European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM), Dipoli Congress Center, Espoo, Finland, May 25-27, 2011, pp. 49-52.
  • Farmer, C., Loisel, F., and Quesnel, H. (2011). "Use of an extract (Silymarin) from the plant Silybum marianum to increase circulating concentrations of prolactin in sows.", 7th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology (ICFAE 2011), Bern, Switzerland, August 24-26, 2011, pp. 65-66.
  • Phillips, C.E., Li, Y.Z., Johnston, L.J., Shurson, G.C., Deen, J., and Farmer, C. (2011). "Association of sow fear with prolactin and cortisol concentrations pre- and post-farrowing.", ADSA-PSA-AMPA-CSAS-ASAS 2011 Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, July 11-14, 2011, Published in: J. Anim. Sci., 89(E-Suppl. 1), pp. 12.
  • Quesnel, H., Farmer, C., and Foisnet, A. (2011). "Relations between sow hormonal concentrations around parturition and colostrum yield.", 7th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology (ICFAE 2011), Bern, Switzerland, August 24-26, 2011, pp. 69.
  • Quesnel, H., Farmer, C., and Foisnet, A. (2011). "Relations between sow hormonal concentrations around parturition and immunoglobulin G concentrations in colostrum.", 7th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology (ICFAE 2011), Bern, Switzerland, August 24-26, 2011, pp. 19.

2010

  • Bovey, K., Devillers, N., Lessard, M., Farmer, C., Dewey, C., Widowski, T.M., and Torrey, S. (2010). "The effect of birth weight and age on the behavioural and physiological responses of piglets to tail docking and ear notching.", 44th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, August 4-7, 2010, pp. 34.
  • Farmer, C., Palin, M.-F., Trott, J.F., and Hovey, R.C. (2010). "Greater milk yield is related to increased DNA and RNA content but not to mRNA abundance of selected genes in sow mammary tissue.", ADSA-PSA-AMPA-CSAS-ASAS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, USA, July 11-15, 2010, Published in: J. Anim. Sci., 88(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 648, #W198.
  • Plante, P.A., LaForest, J.-P., and Farmer, C. (2010). "Effect of supplementing the diet of sows with a source of yeast-derived proteins during lactation on performances of sows and piglets.", ADSA-PSA-AMPA-CSAS-ASAS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, USA, July 11-15, 2010, Published in: J. Anim. Sci., 88(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 386, #T246.

2009

  • Beaudoin, F., Farmer, C., St-Pierre, G., Lachance, M.-P., and Lessard, M. (2009). "Influence of prolonged photoperiod on immune status of piglets.", 3rd European Veterinary Immunology Workshop (EVIW) Satellite meeting of the 2nd European Congress of Immunology (ECI 2009), Berlin, Germany, September 10-13, 2009, pp. 57.
  • Farmer, C., Giguère, A., Lessard, M., and Petit, H.V. (2009). "Feeding flax to late-pregnant and lactating sows: Effects on fatty acid profiles, hormones and performances of sows and their litters.", Journal of Animal Science, 87(Suppl. 2), pp. 64. (Abstract)
  • Lachance, M.-P., Devillers, N., LaForest, J.-P., Farmer, C., Laperrière, A. (2009). "Impact of an extended photoperiod in farrowing houses on sow and litter behaviour.", 9th International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) North-American Regional Meeting, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 17-18, 2009, pp. 33.
  • Lachance, M.-P., LaForest, J.-P., Devillers, N., Farmer, C., and Laperrière, A. (2009). "Impact of an extended photoperiod in farrowing houses on sow and litter performances.", Journal of Animal Science, 87(Suppl. 2), pp. 38-39 (M116). (Abstract)
  • Lessard, M., Petit, H.V., Giguère, A., and Farmer, C. (2009). "Feeding flax to late-pregnant and lactating sows: Effects on sow immunity and antibody transfer to their piglets.", Journal of Animal Science, 87(Suppl. 2), pp. 62-63. (Abstract)
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