SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Pacific Egg and Poultry Association honored two individuals in 2013, presenting the Annual Industry Person of the Year award to Tom Silva and the 2013 Poultry Scientist of the Year award to Dr. Peter Woolcock.
The association noted that Silva and Woolcock are well known throughout the poultry industry for their exemplary service to the egg farmers of California. “They are the epitome of selflessness. Over the years as California has faced serious disease outbreaks . . . two of the state’s most potent weapons have been Silva and Woolcock. Their efforts in the realm of poultry health have contributed greatly to the success of our avian disease control program.”
Silva currently serves as vice president of operations for J.S. West Milling Co., responsible for poultry operations including food safety, egg quality and animal welfare. He has served on numerous committees and boards for the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, California Poultry Federation, United Egg Producers, California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Grain and Feed Association. He has been instrumental in ensuring open lines of communication between all avian species in California.
Silva is credited for the successful installation and operation of the first enriched colony housing system(s) in the U.S. (2010).
Woolcock was a professor of Clinical Diagnostic Virology at the Department of Population Health and Reproduction School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis and also served as Avian Virology Section Head of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis.
Woolcock co-authored 68 publications and 33 book chapters. In June Woolcock retired after 22 years of service to the California egg and poultry industries. He has played key roles in the diagnostics of all avian viral diseases in California, most notably during outbreaks of avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease. He also contributed to isolation of such viruses as Muscovy duck parvovirus, hepatitis E virus and bunyavirus.