Mark Little  -  Feeding for health, combating antimicrobial resistance

Thomas Henry Foundation

I grew up on a mixed dairy and suckler cow farm in County Fermanagh, where my family continue to farm. I attended Portora Royal School, Eniskillen and then studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, graduating in 2002. I worked in three veterinary practices in County Tyrone and Armagh, where my focus was on herd health and routine farm visits. To further my knowledge in herd health, I completed a post-graduate certificate in dairy herd health from University College Dublin in 2012. After working for a year in pharmaceutical industry, I completed a PhD researching the nutritional influences on immunity in the transition dairy cow, with studies conducted at Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Hillsborough in conjunction with Queens University Belfast.

I currently live in Moira, County Armagh. Since 2016, I have been working as Technical Manager for Trouw Nutrition Ireland. I support and train a team of field based animal nutritionists and work closely with the marketing team to provide technical input in press releases and adverts. I provide veterinary and nutritional support to our feed mill business partners and also direct to their farmers. I am also responsible for projects with universities on future research and on-farm applications to make a practical difference on-farm. I would like to thank my colleagues at Trouw Nutrition for their encouragement in my project. 

My wife, Joleen, is a small animal veterinary surgeon and a wonderful mother to our two kids, Tilly and Daisy.  I would like to thank Joleen for her support, without which I would not be able to undertake this fantastic opportunity.

Particular thanks goes to the Thomas Henry Foundation for sponsoring my Nuffield scholarship. I really appreciate the generous sponsorship to enable this amazing opportunity and endeavor to find practical on-farm nutritional solutions to increase the health of cattle on UK farms.