Duncan Williams - How to get the whole UK dairy industry using antibiotics responsibly
I grew up on an arable farm in Essex but very quickly knew a career in livestock was for me. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, keen to learn as much as I could about the dairy industry on an international stage. I completed a year's internship at the University of Illinois, then moved into private dairy practice in South Island New Zealand where I spent two and a half years working as a primary vet on farms ranging from 150 to 5500 cows. A fortunate connection to Penn University landed me a two month consulting position on a large Chinese dairy farm. This was an eye opening experience and is where I realised the power of consultancy medicine. I left determined to move in this direction full time.
I returned to the UK and joined Kite Consulting in 2015 and now split my time between nutritional consultancy in the South West of England, and national farmer training programs with retailers and processors. The recent focus of this training has been prudent Antibiotic use and benchmarking, as a reaction to the increasing demand the entire industry is under to reduce AB use.
I am very grateful to Kite for the mentorship they have provided over the last three years and for them allowing me to pursue this Nuffield Scholarship.
I am also extremely grateful to the Darlington Cattle Breeding Trust and The Richard Lawes Foundation for their sponsorship of my scholarship.