Martin Zuidhof

Associate Professor

Phone: 780-248-1655
Department: Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Office: 4-10M Agriculture/Forestry Ctr
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
4-10M Agriculture/Forestry Ctr
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2P5


PhD, University of Alberta

Job/Research Area 

Poultry Systems Modeling 

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Dr. Zuidhof is a leader in the Poultry Research Centre, an effective partnership between the University of Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and the poultry industry. His research focuses on nonlinear models of growth and yield of poultry, as affected by nutrition, management, and genetics. His research group recently developed the concept of residual maintenance requirement, which shows promise as a novel selection criterion for efficiency in livestock. 

Dr. Zuidhof's team recently developed a precision feeding system for poultry. Precision feeding can be used to feed the right bird the right amount of feed at the right time, addressing hatching egg producers’ biggest technical management challenge. With it, the team has have achieved very high flock uniformity (2% CV in body weight) in multiple studies. Precision feeding increases efficiency and reduces the environmental footprint of meat production.

The precision feeding system facilitates high quality research with free-run birds, addressing a major social issue of animal confinement. An informational video provides context for and describes the general operation of the system: Zuidhof, 2014.  


Animal Science 200: Principles of Animal Agriculture 
Animal Science 471: Applied Poultry Science

Graduate Career Opportunities 

Highly qualified prospective PhD and MSc students are encouraged to apply. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, complemented by mathematical and computer programming aptitude are essential for acceptance. 

Selected Publications 

Pishnamazi, A., R. A. Renema, D. C. Paul, I. I. Wenger, and M. J. Zuidhof*. 2015. Effects of environmental temperature and dietary energy on energy partitioning coefficients of female broiler breeders. J. Anim. Sci. doi:10.2527/jas2015-9214.

Zuidhof*, M. J., D. E. Holm, R. A. Renema, M. A. Jalal, and F. E. Robinson. 2015. Effects of broiler breeder management on pullet body weight and carcass uniformity. Poult. Sci. 94:1389-1397.

Peng, H., B. Hu, Q. Liu, Z. Yang, X. Lu, R. Huang, X-F Li, M. J. Zuidhof, and X. C. Le. 2014. Liquid chromatography combined with atomic and molecular mass spectrometry for speciation of arsenic in chicken liver. J. Chromatogr. A. 1370:40-49.

Zuidhof*, M. J., V. L. Carney, B. L. Schneider, D. R. Korver, and F. E. Robinson. 2014. Growth, efficiency, and yield of commercial broilers from 1957, 1978, and 2005. Poult. Sci. 93:2970-2982. NOTE: Editor’s Choice; open access

McLeod, E. S., M. A. Jalal, and M. J. Zuidhof*. 2014. Modeling ovarian follicle growth in commercial and heritage Single Comb White Leghorn hens. Poult. Sci. 93:2932-2940.

Moraes, T. G. V., A. Pishnamazi, E. Tanjong Mba, I. I. Wenger, R. A. Renema, and M. J. Zuidhof*. 2014. Effect of maternal dietary energy and protein on live performance and yield dynamics of broiler progeny from young breeders. Poult. Sci. 93:2818-2826. 

Mewis, J. L., X. Sun, M. J. Zuidhof, and L. L. Guan. 2014. Research note: Methodology for high quality RNA extraction from poultry whole blood for further gene expression analysis. Br. Poult. Sci. 55:194-196.

Pishnamazi, A., R. A. Renema, M. J. Zuidhof*, and F. E. Robinson. 2014. Effect of age at photostimulation on sexual maturation in broiler breeder pullets. Poult. Sci. 93:1274-1281. 

Ren, Y., T. I. Perez, M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, and J. Wu. 2013. Oxidative stability of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids enriched eggs. J. Agric. Food Chem. 61:11595-11602.

Nain, S., R. A. Renema, D. R. Korver, and M. J. Zuidhof. 2012. Characterization of the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid enrichment in laying hens fed an extruded flax enrichment source. Poult. Sci. 91:1720–1732.

Nain, S., R. A. Renema, M. J. Zuidhof, and D. R. Korver. 2012. Effect of metabolic efficiency and intestinal morphology on variability in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid enrichment of eggs. Poult. Sci. 91:888-898.

Schneider, B. L.., R. A. Renema, M. Betti, V. L. Carney, and M. J. Zuidhof. 2012. Effect of holding temperature, shackling, sex, and age on broiler breast meat quality. Poult. Sci. 91:468-477.

Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof*, R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, and F. E. Robinson. 2011. Effects of maternal energy efficiency on broiler chicken growth, feed conversion, residual feed intake, and residual maintenance metabolizable energy requirements. Poult. Sci. 90: 2904-2912.

Oryschak, M., D. Korver, M. Zuidhof, X. Meng, and E. Beltranena. 2010. Comparative feeding value of extruded and nonextruded wheat and corn distillers dried grains with solubles for broilers. Poult. Sci. 89:2183-2196.

Oryschak, M., D. Korver, M. Zuidhof, and E. Beltranena. 2010. Nutritive value of single-screw extruded and nonextruded triticale distillers dried grains with solubles, with and without an enzyme complex, for broilers. Poult. Sci. 89:1411-1423.

Perez, T. I., M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, J. M. Curtis, Y. Ren, and M. Betti. 2010. Effects of vitamin E and organic selenium on oxidative stability of ω-3 enriched dark chicken meat during cooking. J. Food Sci. 75:25-34. 

Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof*, S. R. Jeffrey, R. A. Renema, and F. E. Robinson. 2010. A data envelope analysis to assess factors affecting technical and economic efficiency of individual broiler breeder hens. Poult. Sci. 89:1769-1777.

Betti, M., T. I. Perez, M. J. Zuidhof, and R. A. Renema. 2009. Omega-3-enriched broiler meat: 3. Fatty acid distribution between triacylglycerol and phospholipid classes. Poult. Sci. 88: 1740-1754.

Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, F. E. Robinson, and A. Naeima. 2009. Nonlinear mixed models to study metabolizable energy utilization in broiler breeder hens. Poult. Sci. 88:1310-1320.

Zuidhof*, M. J., M. Betti, D. R. Korver, F.I.L. Hernandez, B. L. Schneider, V. L. Carney, and R. A. Renema. 2009. Omega-3 enriched broiler meat: 1. Optimization of a production system. Poult. Sci. 88:1108-1120.

Betti, M., B. L. Schneider, R. A. Renema, W. Wismer. V. L. Carney, and M. J. Zuidhof. 2009. Omega-3 enriched broiler meat: 2. Functional properties, oxidative stability and consumer acceptance. Poult. Sci. 88:1085-1095.

Romero, L. F., R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, M. J. Zuidhof, and F. Robinson. 2009. Effect of reducing body weight variability on the sexual maturation and reproductive performance of broiler breeder females. Poult. Sci. 88:445-452.

Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof*, R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, and F. E. Robinson. 2009. Characterization of energetic efficiency in adult broiler breeder hens. Poult. Sci. 88:227-235.

Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof*, R. A. Renema, A. N. Naeima, F. Robinson. 2009. Effects of maternal energetic efficiency on egg traits, chick traits, broiler growth, yield, and meat quality. Poult. Sci. 88:236-245. 

Zuidhof, M. J. 2005. Mathematical characterization of broiler carcass yield dynamics. Poultry Science 84:1108–1122.

Wang, Z. and M. J. Zuidhof. 2004. Estimation of growth parameters using a nonlinear mixed Gompertz model. Poultry Science 83:847-852.