2014 PHRN Research Day

We are pleased to announce the 1st Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day. The event will feature presentations by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The objective is to provide a forum for the participants to become more familiar with the ongoing research conducted by poultry researchers, This should also provide an opportunity for colleagues […]

Poultry Student Awards & Scholarships

Rimler Award: Ph.D or thesis‐requiring MS students (area of research focused on poultry health or avian disease) Winner presents research at the AVMA/AAAP Annual Meetng with expenses paid (up to $1500)! Reed Rumsey Award: DVM students, graduate student, resident, or intern conductng poultry research Winner receives $1000 & presents research at the AVMA/AAAP Annual Meetng […]

LED product for poultry

Episode 43 of the Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT) video series Game Changers in Agriculture profiles AgriLux, an LED product for poultry produced by Cambridge, Ontario based Thies Electrical Distributing Co. link | YouTube link POSTED: Jul 28, 2014

Research Network Aims to Keep Poultry and People Healthy

  Increasing poultry consumption – and the animal health challenges associated with it — have sparked the creation of a new research network at U of G dedicated to keeping poultry and consumers healthy. The Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) is a multifaceted network of 38 experts who collaborate to solve basic and applied issues […]

DVD communicates scientific information to poultry producers in user-friendly format

Research into poultry disease and its management is vital – but the application and communication of that science is crucial to get that information into the hands of producers. A new self-guided DVD and smart phone accessible website is closing the link between academia, industry, government and poultry producers to help combat coccidiosis, a costly […]

U of G Maintains Poultry Breeds to Protect Heritage Genes

Pure strains donated by top Canadian poultry breeder Donald Shaver was a 12-year-old schoolboy during the Depression when he began feeding the world. Not that he would have described his plans then in such grand terms. It was something closer to his heart that prompted him to raise chickens in handmade hen houses in a […]

University of Guelph key player in nationwide poultry research cluster

A number of University of Guelph scientists are playing key roles in studies being conducted through a national Poultry Science Cluster, designed to help the poultry industry stay competitive and address consumer concerns about animal welfare and environmental preservation. Seven projects being led by researchers at the university’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the Ontario Veterinary […]

Poultry research translates to vaccine development

  World Poultry – Gateway to the global poultry industry Article The road from research to application and development can be long, but Dr. Éva Nagy is nearing a milestone in her work in veterinary virology as she works with Mexico-based vaccine company, Avimex Animal Health, on poultry vaccine development. > go to World Poultry […]

Keel bone fracture research

Cracked: Keel Bone Fracture Research for the Improvement of Laying Hen Welfare Department of Animal and Poultry Science professor Alexandra Harlander and PhD candidate Teresa Casey talk about their animal welfare research. Their research focuses on keel bone fractures in laying hens associated with commercial aviary housing systems. OAC Communications Intern, Maggie McCormick, produced this […]

Myths and facts about the H5N1 avian influenza virus

Burnbrae Farms Eggs for Life Guest Blogger: Dr. Shayan Sharif is a professor of poultry immunology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. His research is focused on understanding how the chicken immune system sees avian influenza viruses and how it responds to these viruses. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop […]

CFI invests in OVC research leaders

Ontario Veterinary College scientists are among 15 U of G researchers to share in $1.9 million invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support established and up-and-coming research leaders. Dr. Eva Nagy received $88,704 for a biocontainment facility. Read the article: CFI funding will enhance research facilities A recent grant from the […]

Entercoccus cecorum: an emerging infection of chickens in North America

Emerging Infection About 4-5 years ago there was an increase in the number of chickens in Ontario that were affected by conditions such as arthritis and osteomyelitis (inflammation in the bone marrow). It was discovered that a bacterium called Enterococcus cecorum was the culprit. Such infections with E. cecorum were known from other places in […]

CPRC Scholarship Program

Arobust research program is key to the future of the poultry industry, and the Canadian industry is fortunate to have access to a wide range of research expertise that can help us meet new challenges and find solutions to the problems we face. However, maintaining that pool of expertise requires an injection of new scientists […]

Bedecarrats receives a teaching award

Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the Distinguished Professorial Award: Recipients of the annual Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards are selected from nominations made by colleagues and students, and recognizes excellence in contributions to the University. >> News-Sep-2013-Teaching Awards pdf file

Digital Education on Coccidiosis

Where you find any kind of poultry across the world, you will find the Eimeria parasites that cause coccidiosis. It’s a global “everyday” production problem that impacts both poultry gut health and performance, with significant economic ramifications. “The problem of coccidiosis and how to manage it depends on a large variety of factors,” notes Kayla […]

Using dietary thyroxine to induce molting in turkey hens

What is this research about?Molting in birds is characterized by the loss and regrowth of feathers. Molting has an effect on the reproductive system of the bird. Molting allows birds to maintain their reproductive health throughout their lives. In the poultry industry molting is used to get a second or third egg-laying cycle. This has […]

Immunological control of coccidiosis in poultry

Kayla Price and John R. Barta* *This study was conducted under the supervision of Professor John R. Barta, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada Abstract Coccidiosis – caused by parasites of the genus Eimeria – is an infection known to damage poultry. Eimeria spp. follow a typical coccidian lifestyle […]

Blind Chickens Lay More Eggs, Prof Finds

A strain of chickens that are naturally blind produce more eggs than their sighted counterparts, a U of G animal scientist has found. As part of his research into how light influences reproduction in birds, Prof. Grégoy Bédécarrats discovered that a genetically blind strain of White Leghorn birds called Smoky Joes start reproduction earlier and […]

Eggs, Lightly Done

OAC prof explores how light affects reproduction in naturally blind chickens A strain of chickens that are naturally blind start reproduction earlier and produce more eggs per cycle than their sighted counterparts, a U of G researcher has found. Now he’s working to understand what influences the increased production in blind birds. Prof. Grégoy Bédécarrats, […]