Martin Zuidhof, PhD (Animal Science)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Email
martin.zuidhof@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 248-1655
Address
4-10M Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5

Overview

About

Degree

PhD, University of Alberta

Job/Research Area 

Poultry Systems Modeling & Precision Feeding


Research

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 < 1%). 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.

Research focus

  1. Precision feeding
  2. Broiler breeder and layer management
  3. Optimizing pullet body weight and composition for lifetime reproductive efficiency
  4. Dietary energy partitioning to maintenance (heat production), growth, and reproduction
  5. Broiler growth and development (optimization)

Unique skillset and capabilities

  1. Development and optimization of linear and nonlinear mixed statistical models
  2. Development of nonlinear mathematical models with biologically relevant coefficients
  3. Broiler breeder nutrition
  4. Precision feeding 
  • Flock uniformity (<1% coefficient of variation in body weight)
  • Real-time pair-feeding
  • Analysis of foraging (feed seeking) and feeding behaviour patterns

Teaching

Teaching philosophy

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. 

Guiding principles

  1. Provide opportunities for CREATIVE expression
  2. CONNECTING teaching and research
  3. Learning happens best in supportive COMMUNITIES
  4. CLARITY and succinct communication
  5. CONSEQUENCE and relevance - what students are learning matters in the real world
  6. CRITICAL scientific thinking
  7. CONTINUOUS improvement

Courses

AFNS 571 - Applied Poultry Science

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.

Fall Term 2020
AFNS 900 - Directed Research Project (Course-based Masters)

Individual study supervised by the student's supervisor, requiring the preparation of a comprehensive report, presentation of a seminar and oral examination by the student's supervisor and one additional faculty member.

Fall Term 2020
AN SC 101 - Principles of Animal Agriculture

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.

Winter Term 2021
AN SC 471 - Applied Poultry Science

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.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Effects of environmental temperature and dietary energy on energy partitioning coefficients of female broiler breeders
Author(s): Pishnamazi, A., R. A. Renema, D. C. Paul, I. I. Wenger, and M. J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: J. Anim. Sci.
External Link: https://doi.org/10.2527/jas.2015-9214
Characterization of energetic efficiency in adult broiler breeder hens
Author(s): Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof*, R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, and F. E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 88
Page Numbers: 227-235
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3382/ps.2008-00141
Omega-3 enriched broiler meat: 1. Optimization of a production system
Author(s): Zuidhof*, M. J., M. Betti, D. R. Korver, F.I.L. Hernandez, B. L. Schneider, V. L. Carney, and R. A. Renema
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 88
Issue: 1108-1120
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3382/ps.2008-00171
Estimation of growth parameters using a nonlinear mixed Gompertz model
Author(s): Wang, Z. and M. J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 83
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 847-852
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/ps/83.6.847
Growth, efficiency, and yield of commercial broilers from 1957, 1978, and 2005
Author(s): MJ Zuidhof, BL Schneider, VL Carney, DR Korver, FE Robinson
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 93
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 2970-2982
External Link: https://academic.oup.com/ps/article-abstract/93/12/2970/2730506
Precision feeding: Innovative management of broiler breeder feed intake and flock uniformity
Author(s): M. J. Zuidhof, M. V. Fedorak, C. A. Ouellette, I. I. Wenger
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 96
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 2254-2263
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pex013
The effect of rearing photoperiod on broiler breeder reproductive performance depended on body weight
Author(s): S A S van der Klein, G Y Bédécarrats, M J Zuidhof
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 97
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 3286-3294
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pey199