Martin Zuidhof, PhD (Animal Science)
Area of Study / Keywords
Precision livestock feeding Smart Farming Energy partitioning Broiler breeders Reproductive physiology Modeling Heritage genetics
PhD, University of Alberta
Poultry Systems Modeling & Precision Feeding
Dr. Zuidhof was the first in the world to develop a transformative precision feeding system to control individual feed intake in group-housed chickens. Over the last 10 years, his research team has been able to consistently achieve very high flock uniformity (coefficient of variation for body weight less than 2%). The system is also proving to be an excellent way to remove confounding body weight variation from experiments so as to better elucidate physiological and metabolic mechanisms that contribute to reproductive success in poultry.
In addition to its practical commercial potential, the precision feeding system facilitates high quality research with free-run birds, directly addressing the societal issue of animal confinement.
- Precision feeding
- Broiler breeder and layer management
- Optimizing pullet body weight and composition for lifetime reproductive efficiency
- Dietary energy partitioning to maintenance (heat production), growth, and reproduction
- Broiler growth and development (optimization)
Unique skillset and capabilities
- Development and optimization of linear and nonlinear mixed statistical models
- Development of nonlinear mathematical models with biologically relevant coefficients
- Broiler breeder nutrition
- Precision feeding
- Flock uniformity (< 2% coefficient of variation in body weight)
- Reduced nutrient excretion
- Analysis of foraging (feed seeking) and feeding behaviour patterns
Some of the core principles of my teaching philosophy include mastery of the material to be taught, stimulating questions about the material, and providing support for students to learn more from credible sources. I read textbooks, peer-reviewed material in the subject area, and trade publications that relate to issues discussed in my classes. I interact with industry and research professionals for innovative insights into their latest discoveries, successes, and challenges. Beyond mastery of subject material, I recognize that students must learn through experiences that relate to the subject matter. My goal is to present a broad range of perspectives so that students can develop not only knowledge but also informed opinions relating to subject matter. During lectures and project work, I create opportunities for students to articulate these points of view, which gives them a deeper understanding of the material and its context.
- Provide opportunities for CREATIVE expression
- CONNECTING teaching and research
- Learning happens best in supportive COMMUNITIES
- CLARITY and succinct communication
- CONSEQUENCE and relevance - what students are learning matters in the real world
- CRITICAL scientific thinking
- CONTINUOUS improvement
Study of avian anatomy, physiology, behavior, and health as it relates to modern poultry production. Current management practices to optimize production efficiency and animal well-being are examined. Not to be taken if credit received for AN SC 471. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Principles and practices of modern animal production and management. Brief introduction to the structure of the livestock, poultry, and game ranching industries. Principles of animal management, breeding and feeding. Current issues in animal agriculture. Students gain direct experience with animals in production/research environments. Not to be taken if credit received for AN SC 200. Prerequisite: Biology 30.
Study of avian anatomy, physiology, behavior, and health as it relates to modern poultry production. Current management practices to optimize production efficiency and animal well-being are examined. Prerequisites: (AN SC 101 or 200), AN SC 260 and AN SC 310.
A team-based capstone course exploring broad areas of animal agriculture. Students will work in groups with mentors on a project involving experiential learning and skill development related to the field.
A team-based capstone course exploring broad areas of animal health. Students will work in groups with mentors on a project involving experiential learning and skill development related to the field.
van der Klein, S. A. S., R. P. Kwakkel, B. Ducro, and M. J. Zuidhof
Poultry Science. 2020 September; 99 (11):5615-5624
Zuidhof, M. J.
Poultry Science. 2020 September; 99 (11):5607-5614
Hanlon, C., R. Ramachandran, M. J. Zuidhof, and G. Y. Bédécarrats
Frontiers in Physiology. 2020 June; 11 (9):Article 707, 24 pp.
van der Klein, S. A. S., G. Y. Bédécarrats, and M. J. Zuidhof
Poultry Science. 2020 June; 99 (9):4421-4435
You, J., S. A. S. van der Klein, E. Lou, and M. J. Zuidhof
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 2020 June; 175
Hadinia, S.H., P. R. O. Carneiro, C. J. Fitzsimmons, G. Y. Bédécarrats, and M. J. Zuidhof
Poultry Science. 2020 February; 99 (4):2215-2229
Zuidhof, M. J.
Journal of Applied Poultry Research. 2020 February; 29 (1):11-14
S A S van der Klein, G Y Bédécarrats, M J Zuidhof
Poultry Science. 2018 September; 97 (9):3286-3294
M. J. Zuidhof, M. V. Fedorak, C. A. Ouellette, I. I. Wenger
Poultry Science. 2017 July; 96 (7):2254-2263
Pishnamazi, A., R. A. Renema, D. C. Paul, I. I. Wenger, and M. J. Zuidhof
J. Anim. Sci.. 2015 October; 93 (11):4734-4741
MJ Zuidhof, BL Schneider, VL Carney, DR Korver, FE Robinson
Poultry Science. 2014 December; 93 (12):2970-2982
Zuidhof*, M. J., M. Betti, D. R. Korver, F.I.L. Hernandez, B. L. Schneider, V. L. Carney, and R. A. Renema
Poultry Science. 2009 May; 88 (5):1108-1120
Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, and F. E. Robinson
Poultry Science. 2009 January; 88 (1):227-235
Wang, Z. and M. J. Zuidhof
Poultry Science. 2004 January; 83 (6):847-852