Profs Among Canadian Experts Providing ‘Food Facts’

Prof. John Prescott Prof. Alison Duncan Two leading researchers from the University of Guelph, Profs. Alison Duncan and John Prescott, are among 10 Canadian scientists who have joined a free online resource for consumers called Best Food Facts. It’s the Canadian version of an American service that had more than 800,000 visitors last year. Consumers […]

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Ed McKinlay Poultry Worker award

Poultry Worker Award Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Ed McKinlay Poultry Worker of the Year Award.  Nominations have been extended and will remain open until March 1, 2017.Annually, the Poultry Industry Council recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the poultry industry. The criteria are very broad. Quite simply […]

Connecting Farmers to Researchers

Poultry Industry Council has launched a farm research sites page to help connect poultry researchers looking for research participants with farmers interested in taking part in current studies. Farm Research Sites Wanted Interested in Participating in On-farm research? We’re looking for commercial broiler farms to allow weekly visits by University of Guelph representative. Fresh feces […]

Wild turkeys are not scapegoats for avian disease in Ontario

A lot of angst is simmering in farm circles about the potential for disease to spread between wildlife and domestic livestock, such as poultry. The concerns are warranted, given how quickly disease can race through a herd and create huge losses. But new research from the University of Guelph into the health status of Ontario […]

Funding opp-2016 SPARK Program: Microbiome Competition

Purpose With the SPARK program, Ontario Genomics seeks to provide investigators with catalytic funding to enable them to initiate novel, high-impact, and innovative early-stage projects in the genomic sciences. The focus of this year’s competition is microbiomes. The intent of the SPARK 2016 competition is to catalyze new research directions and support innovative genomics-based projects […]

U of G Receives Nearly $77 Million to Launch ‘Food From Thought’

The University of Guelph has received $76.6 million from the federal government to start a “digital revolution” in food and agriculture. The government is investing in U of G’s Food From Thought research project, which will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for a growing human population while sustaining the Earth’s ecosystems. […]

PHRN Researchers in the News

Chicken Farmers of Canada News Researcher Profiles For the past four years now, Chicken Farmers of Canada have been implementing an antimicrobial use strategy that focuses on 5 elements, one of which is researching and determining the availablility of antibiotic alternative products. This has been an on-going effort through the Canadian Poultry Research Council. To […]

Best Poster Awards for Bionano Students

Bionanolab undergraduate students have won major research prizes at the 2016 annual CPES Undergraduate poster session held at the Science Complex of the University of Guelph on Friday, August 5.  Over 40 posters were presented by the summer students who worked on various research projects from the 5 departments of the College of Physical & […]

Poultry Welfare Research at University of Guelph

A Day in the Life of Patrick Birkl, PhD Student Patrick is a PhD student in the Department of Animal Biosciences who studies animal welfare, specifically poultry welfare, with his advisor Prof. Alexandra Harlander who is also a PHRN member. Patrick’s research focuses on understanding the causes of feather pecking in laying hens and how […]

Poultry Welfare Center receives funding

The University of Guelph’s Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) has received a $125,000 donation for studies of turkey welfare. The donation from Hybrid Turkeys, a leading supplier of the world’s turkey genetics, will support research to learn how animals perceive and respond to their environments and handling techniques. A poultry welfare […]

PHRN Prof Tina Widowski in the news

The cage-free egg trend: Is it just a shell game? Source: Read here Excerpt from the news article: “There’s a downside to taking birds out of their cages,” says Tina Widowski, the Egg Farmers of Canada research chair in poultry welfare at the University of Guelph, “in that they’re free, but they’re also free to get […]

PHRN Research Day in the NEWS

Collaboration a key theme of poultry research day Posted: April 4, 2016 OVC Bulletin AG ANNEX and Farms.com Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates […]

PHRN Research Day (March 29, 2016) Photo-Gallery Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates on current research and prompt discussion for future collaborations. During the […]

PHRN Prof. Tina Widowski talks about cage-free eggs…

Prof. Tina Widowski, Animal Biosciences, was quoted in a Feb. 5th  Toronto Star Story . The article focussed on a recent decision by two major restaurant chains to use only eggs from cage-free hens. Widowski discussed the various ways eggs are sourced in Canada and associated animal welfare issues.  She is the director of U […]

PHRN Prof Neethirajan speaks at the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, Director of the BioNano Lab and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering was an invited speaker at the prestigious Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science on February 4, 2016 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga. RCI is Canada’s oldest continuously functioning scientific society founded by Sir Sandford […]

Dr. Sharif Lab Aims to Make Chickens Healthier to Improve Food Safety

The chicken eggs in Prof. Shayan Sharif’s lab look like ordinary eggs, but they’re not. Some of them have been vaccinated against diseases that can cause illness in humans and have cost the poultry industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Dr. Sharif is the leader of Poultry Health Research Network. “We are developing better ways […]

PHRN prof makes headlines in NY Times and Economic Times of India

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, Marketing and Consumer Studies, was featured in the New York Times and the Economic Times of India Jan. 21, discussing the falling Canadian dollar and the effect on food processing, distribution and prices. He spoke on the same subject with Global TV Jan. 15 and Canada AM Jan. 14.   News source

Cranberry Extracts Could Replace Antibiotics For Broilers

  Broiler chicken producers may be using cranberry extracts to replace antibiotics in young birds. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research suggest the extracts could cut mortality by 50 per cent in the early life of broilers. Doctor Moussa Dairra points out cranberries have various human health benefits because of their high antioxidant compounds and immune-boosting […]