Poultry Program Team

Poultry Program Team (PPT)

PPT Background

Over the past years the poultry program at the University of Guelph has seen a serious decline resulting from financial cutbacks and the realignment of commodity based programs to discipline based programs. Coupled with the loss of identifiable poultry researchers, the University no longer has a research or teaching program that is responsive to the needs of Ontario’s poultry industry. This situation leaves Ontario’s poultry industry in a precarious position relative to its competitive and sustainable production in a rapidly changing market and international environment.

The Solution

The Poultry Industry Council has spent considerable effort negotiating the creation of a strong poultry team at the University of Guelph. The results of these negotiations combine the strengths and resources of Ontario’s poultry industry, the provincial government through OMAFRA and the University itself. These three parties are creating a strong poultry team designed to enhance the technolhogical advancement of the industry through research, teaching, technology transfer and associated services such as diagnostics, health surveillance and data collection. This initiative will support the industry in the context of: poultry health and welfare, poultry production, HACCP, management systems, economic and environmental issues, food quality and maximal food safety.

Specifically, the agreement between the PIC, OMAFRA and the University has resulted in the hiring of two new tenure track positions including a poultry epidemiologist and poultry pathobiologist, placing an environmental physiologist in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, the hiring of a Poultry Health Management Lead through OMAFRA to be located in the Department of Pathobiology and relocating OMAFRA’s Poultry Specialist to the Department of Pathobiology, OVC to ensure that researchers and field specialists are working in close proximity.

The above program will greatly improve the educational, technology transfer and scientific resources available to Ontario’s poultry industry

Provincial Poultry Specialist
Al Dam – (519) 824-4120 x54326, email: al.dam@ontario.ca

Poultry Epidemiologist
Dr. Michele Guerin – (519) 824-4120 x54486 , email: mguerin@uoguelph.ca

Poultry Pathobiologist
Dr. Shayan Sharif – (519) 824-4120 x54641, email: shayan@uoguelph.ca

Poultry Physiologist
Dr. Gregoy Bedecarrats – (519) 824-4120 x53692, email: gbedecar@uoguelph.ca

Corporate Sponsors

The Poultry Industry Council would like to thank and acknowledge those companies listed that have committed to financially support the Poultry Program Team.

Burnbrae Farms
Chicken Farmers of Ontario
Clark Companies
Egg Farmers of Ontario
Floradale Feed Mill
Intervet Schering Plough
L.H. Gray & Son
Maple Leaf Foods
New Life Mills
Turkey Farmers of Ontario
Wallenstein Feed
Phizer Animal Health
Fleming Feed Mill
P&H Foods