Agriculture Development Branch Staff Directory - Livestock

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Table of Contents

  1. Aquaculture, Alternative Livestock and Poultry
  2. Beef and Veal
  3. Dairy Cattle
  4. Feed and Pasture
  5. Livestock Sustainability
  6. Sheep and Goats
  7. Swine
  8. Access OMAFRA

Tim Metzger
Manager
, Beef Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Alternative Livestock and
Aquaculture, Guelph

1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3291
Fax: 519-826-3254
E-mail: tim.metzger@ontario.ca

Matt Wilson
Manager (A), Dairy Cattle, Swine and Poultry, Guelph
1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3107
Fax: 519-826-3254
E-mail: matt.wilson@ontario.ca

Aquaculture, Alternative Livestock and Poultry

Al Dam
Poultry Specialist, Guelph

Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College
Room 4841, University of Guelph N1G 2W1
Telephone: 519-824-4120 ext 54326
Fax: 519-763-2253
E-mail: al.dam@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production systems and efficiencies
  • Fly control options for poultry
  • On-farm poultry biosecurity
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Poultry welfare issues including humane handling, poultry transport and humane euthanasia

Steve Naylor
Aquaculture Specialist and Aquaponics Specialist, Guelph

1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-3172
Fax: 519-826-3254
E-mail: steve.naylor@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production and best management practices for aquaculture (open water net pen and land based) and aquaponics farms
  • Water quality and waste management issues
  • Renewed regulatory framework for aquaculture

Brian Tapscott
Alternative Livestock Specialist, Elora

6484 Wellington Road 7 N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-846-3400
Fax: 519-846-8178
E-mail: brian.tapscott@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production and management information of alternative livestock species
  • Alternative livestock nutrient management
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance in farmed cervids

Beef and Veal

Nancy Noecker
Calf and Heifer Specialist, Kemptville

Box 2004, Concession Road K0G 1J0
Telephone: 613-258-8476
Fax: 613-258-8392
E-mail: nancy.noecker@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Calf management (beef, dairy, veal)
  • Cow-calf production systems
  • Humane weaning and marketing of calves
  • Cow-calf sustainability and societal expectations

Megan Van Schaik
Beef Cattle Program Lead

Guelph
1 Stone Road West, 3rd Floor N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 519-826-5106
Fax: 519-826-3254
E-mail: megan.vanschaik@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Value added beef chains and producer marketing alliances
  • DNA assisted selection
  • Feed efficiency

Barry Potter
Regional Economic Development Branch - Agriculture Development Advisor, North Region, New Liskeard

280 Armstrong Street, Box 6008 P0J 1P0
Telephone: 705-648-1799
Fax: 705-647-7993
E-mail: barry.potter@ontario.ca

  • Assists Provincial Specialists and Program Leads in the delivery of information and programs related to livestock in northern Ontario

Dairy Cattle

Marlene Paibomesai
Dairy Specialist, Elora

6484 Wellington Road 7 N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-846-3401
Fax: 519-846-8178
E-mail: marlene.paibomesai@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production factors and profitability for dairy cattle, dairy goats and dairy sheep
  • Dairy cattle health and genetics
  • Dairy housing and management systems
  • Technology: big data in the dairy industry

Mario Mongeon
Livestock Specialist, Bilingual, Alfred

Box 430, 31 St. Paul Street K0B 1A0
Telephone: 613-679-4288
Fax: 613-679-0929
E-mail: mario.mongeon@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Livestock information for French producers
  • Dairy heifer management
  • Dairy herd management
  • Organic livestock and milk production
  • Livestock production information

Feed and Pasture

Anita Heeg
Feed Ingredients and By-Products Specialist, Woodstock

Unit 1 - 401 Lakeview Drive N4T 1W2
Telephone: 519-537-7607
Fax: 519-539-5351
E-mail: anita.heeg@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Use of various feed ingredients including food waste and by-products for livestock
  • Develop and introduce new feed ingredients to the animal feed market
  • Best management practices of all feed ingredients

Livestock Sustainability

Christoph Wand
Livestock Sustainability Specialist, Elora

6484 Wellington Road 7 N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-820-3150
Fax: 519-846-8178
E-mail: christoph.wand@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Sustainable farm technologies
  • Sustainable Assurance Concepts
  • Communication up and down livestock supply chains

Sheep and Goats

Jillian Craig
Small Ruminant Specialist, Lindsay

322 Kent Street West K9V 4T7
Telephone: 705-324-5856
Fax: 705-324-1638
E-mail: jillian.craig@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production efficiency and management information for sheep and goats
  • Goat kid and lamb management
  • Feeding of buck goat kids for meat production

Delma Kennedy
Sheep Specialist, Elora

6484 Wellington Road 7 N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-846-3398
Fax: 519-846-8178
E-mail: delma.kennedy@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production efficiency and management information for sheep
  • Evaluation of techniques to improve accelerated lambing
  • Genetic evaluation use and development

Swine

Laura Eastwood
Swine Specialist, Stratford

63 Lorne Avenue East, Suite 2B N5A 6S4
Telephone: 519-271-6280
Fax: 519-273-5278
E-mail: laura.eastwood@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production and management information for swine
  • Nutrition, biosecurity, animal handling, and housing
  • Optimizing sow and piglet performance

Jaydee Smith
Swine Specialist, Ridgetown

University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus - Animal Science Building
PO Box 400, 120 Main Street East N0P 2C0
Telephone: 519-674-1542
Fax: 519-674-1564
E-mail: jaydee.smith@ontario.ca

Areas of Focus:

  • Production and management information for swine
  • Ontario Grading Data Explorer
  • Hog Market Updates and Swine Budgets

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Creation Date: March 2008
Last Reviewed: 13 December 2016