About Us
About Us

Supporting the Microbiome. Preserving Antibiotics.

We are all facing a crisis in antibiotic resistance and this is now climbing to the top of many political agendas. It was around the time of the mid 1940s that antibiotics began to be used in humans and animals and so there are few who remember how effective they were when first introduced. Whilst bacterial resistance goes back a long way, it is only in recent decades that the level has become seriously worrying.   

Applied Bacterial Control Ltd was founded by a collaboration of vets and gut health and water sanitation specialists working in the poultry, pig and ruminant sectors who have years of experience developing alternatives to antibiotics and gained practical experience working with clients tackling the challenges of controlling antibiotics use whilst maintaining animal health.

Initially, both farmers and vets were wary of removing antibiotics from regular use and the concern was that animal health and welfare would be affected. We now can see a whole range of solutions, developed specific to individual farms, many of which are husbandry based, which allows for a much more controlled and minimal use of antibiotics. Where antibiotics are required, it is after clear diagnostic tests. 

The use of antibiotics preventatively has been greatly reduced in the poultry industry and a start has also been made with pigs and ruminants. This will have to accelerate over the next few years as consumer pressure, pressure from government to meet international targets increases and retailer requirements. 

Central to the systems that Applied Bacterial Control has developed is the science of the microbiome of the animal and its environment and in what ways this can be practically supported and maintained. With this understanding of the microbiome, it is possible that similar approaches can be adopted across a wide range of species. 

Through our collective knowledge of microbiome management, we deliver evidenced based and tailor made solutions that provide protocols in husbandry and treatments to manage and improve animal health. In doing so, our purpose is to preserve the use of antibiotics for conditions where alternative therapies would not work. Applied Bacterial Control strategies focus on a veterinary foundation and our vets continuously trial new products to be able to offer novel alternatives. You can read more about our trials in the news section of this website. 

If you are a farmer, integrator, processor, packer or food retailer who would like to introduce strategies to reduce antibiotic usage in any farm species, then the team of vets and nutritionists at Applied Bacterial Control are here to work with you to build sustainable solutions that suit your individual requirements.

Our Team

The team at Applied Bacterial Control consists of dedicated poultry, pig and ruminant vets and water systems specialists. Whilst Head Office is based in Devon, we have offices in Shropshire, Country Limerick and County Monaghan and are able to offer services across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Additionally, we draw on the expertise of leading animal nutritionists and microbiologists. The combined knowledge and experience of the team enables us to draw on a number of different areas to develop solutions that suit you. Applied Bacterial Control is led by Richard Turner MA Vet MB MRCVS and Sophie Edenborough

Richard Turner

Richard qualified from Queens College, Cambridge in 1983 and joined the farm division of St David's Vet Group. In 1988 he became a partner, and in 1997 he formed St David's Farm and Equine Practice. Alongside business partner, Alan Beynon, he founded a dedicated poultry and game practice in 2006, St David's Poultry Team, which is now one of the largest independent poultry practices in the UK and Ireland. Richard has extensive experience in many areas of poultry medicine and production. He currently cares for over 200 million birds in the broiler section and a large sector of the UK layer industry. Eight years ago Richard was the driving force in developing a veterinary practice for the poultry industry in Ireland and from a zero base, he is now responsible for two thirds of the broilers in Eire, as well as layers and game birds.

Richard and his colleagues have played a key role in leading the UK poultry industry in developing protocols and products to control antibiotics usage in production. Having developed this experience in delivering solutions and working with all areas of the supply chain, he is able to advise clients on what systems would suit their farm.

Sophie Edenborough

Sophie has many years' experience working in dairy, pig and poultry sectors with Liquid Mineral Services Ltd. Her particular focus for the last few years has been in the importance of water quality and managing systems to maintain clean water and promote gut health.

In 2014, Sophie applied for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and was lucky to be awarded the opportunity to travel the world looking at her chosen topic - "No antibiotics ever - an option for the UK broiler industry?" She learnt a huge amount during this experience, and the knowledge gained has been invaluable.

Setting up Applied Bacterial Control was the next logical step to combine her experience with water quality and gut health with the findings from her Nuffield Scholarship.

One of the key aims of Applied Bacterial Control is to ensure that we help each farm to find an individual solution to suit them. She strongly believes that the key to reducing antibiotic usage is appreciating that each farm is different and the solutions will vary on an individual farm basis. 

What we do

Applied Bacterial Control works with all sections of the production chain to understand the various inputs that can affect gut health. Our role involves understanding the aims of the farms, assessing and evaluating the current situation, developing strategic protocols, and monitoring performance. Evaluating the animals’ environment is required to develop the facts that favour the microbiome development and equally what environmental factors would predispose to unfavourable microflora. Environmental and management of the animals incorporates a wide range of factors. Examples include, but are not limited to, food quality and consistency, water hygiene, standards of disinfection and routes of bacterial invasion. The protocols are continuously evolving, there is no one answer that will work across species, across all farms. Through engaging with vets, nutritionists, human and animal microbiologists to advance the understanding we have of the microbiome, Applied Bacterial Control approaches the challenge by looking at the complete picture and delivering a combination of solutions that are tried and tested.