Hank Classen named poultry nutrition chair

Hank Classen, professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, will lead a five-year $3.6-million research program aimed at helping the poultry industry meet its biggest challenges – feed costs, bird health and welfare, and food safety.

By Colleen MacPherson

The new Industrial Research Chair in Poultry Nutrition, which was announced Sept. 18, is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a number of provincial organizations representing chicken, turkey and egg producers. Poultry processors and service companies from across Canada and the U.S. will also be involved in the research.

"Our goal is to improve the sustainability of poultry production through precision diet formulation, more efficient use of feed ingredients and feeding programs that enhance bird health while producing quality poultry food products for consumers," Classen said in a University of Saskatchewan news release.