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CWSF 2016 - Montreal, Quebec

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My name is Maria Duynisveld, I am 15 years old, and I am in grade 9 at Pugwash District High School. In 2015, I was a gold medalist at CWSF in Fredericton. I am an active member of 4-H, and am the Head Editor of my school's yearbook committee. I am also very involved in sports. In 2015, I had the privilege of competing in long and triple jump at the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in St. Therese. My project looks at the effects of pasture management systems on cattle behavior and pasture use efficiency. Animal behavior is an interest of mine, and is essential to study, so that we can create lucrative, humane, and efficient animal husbandry systems. My project also regards the possibility of reducing the effects of global warming through grass-fed cattle. This topic is important to me, as carbon emissions are a huge problem, but we sometimes generalize and look at all cattle in the same light. I hope that through this project, I can help to raise awareness of the differences between feedlot and grass-fed cattle, and the huge potential that these cattle have for our planet.

Maria Duynisveld

Something in the Way They Mooove
Region:Chignecto East
City:Wallace, NS
School:Pugwash District High School
Abstract:Do pasture management systems affect cattle foraging behavior and efficiency? Beef cattle grazing behavior and grazing uniformity were studied in medium and high stock densities. High-density increased grazing uniformity and added a third grazing spike in the afternoon, resulting in five grazing bouts as opposed to the typical four. Uniform grazing can increase soil carbon sequestration. Afternoon grazing can increase sugar intake, increasing animal gain.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Challenge Award - Resources
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 000.00