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 (ABC) was founded after over 5 years of practical experience by a group of vets working in the poultry and pig industry using alternatives to antibiotics. 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 needed and after clear diagnostic tests. The use of antibiotics preventatively is greatly reduced in the poultry industry and a start has also been made in pigs. This will have to accelerate over the next few years as pressure from government to meet international targets increases. The development of the Microbiome is also better understood and as we aim to support its development and maintenance, similar approaches can be used 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. If you are a farmer, integrator, processor or food retailer who wants to develop systems to reduce antibiotic usage in any farm species, then the team of vets and nutritionists at ABC are here to work with you to build sustainable solutions that suit your individual requirements.
The team at ABC consist of dedicated poultry and pig vets, nutritionists, biologists and water systems specialists. The combined knowledge and experience of the team enables us to draw on a number of different areas to develop solutions that suit you. The team is led by Richard Turner MA Vet MB MRCVS and Sophie Edenborough
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 The 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 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 2/3rd 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 reduce 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 has many years' experience working in dairy, pig and poultry sectors with Liquid Mineral Services. 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 enough 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 ABC 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 ABC 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.