Posted January 20, 2023

Breeder Services Summer Student Position Job Description

Work Term: May 2023 – Aug 2023 Reports to: Breeder Services, Kayo Takeshima

Working Schedule: Flexible Hybrid (3 days on field, 2 days office or remote)

Please note this position supports three of our Hatchery locations. The student can work from any of these locations on site as well as remote, depending on research needs.

Location options:

  • Fleming Chicks (4412 Ontario St, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0
  • Curtis Chicks (101 Fox Rd., Port Hope, ON L1A 3V5, or
  • Stratford Chicks (17 Pine St, Stratford, ON N5A 1W2

Breeder Services and Hatcheries Overview:
The Hatchery Division is at the start of the Live Supply Chain. Our goal is to provide the best quality day-old chicks with unparalleled service to our farmer partners. As part of our continuous improvement process in the hatchery, we collect and analyze data on the parent-stock of broiler (meat-type) birds performance, environmental and hatch process metrics, and chick quality.

As part of this summer student position, you will be assigned to two breeder service-related continuous improvement research projects. These projects provide an opportunity to learn the meat-type chicken industry and gain experiences on hands-on data collection at commercial farms, data entry (digitalizing data collected in the field), constructing a hypothesis for assigned project, as well as statistical analyses used at the research level to determine the relationship between collected data and the outcome of interest. As well, you will have an opportunity to present your findings to the Breeder Service Team at the end of your placement.

2 Research Project Proposals
1. Male Broiler Breeder Assessment – How to Measure Reproductive Fitness in Roosters
2. Effect of Stocking Density in the Breeder Barn on Key Production Metrics

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