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Antibiotic monitoring and reduction programme earns Kite Consulting national award.

A programme, developed by Kite Consulting and Solway Vets, and in conjunction with NMR, to help dairy farmers monitor and reduce antibiotic usage, has won the Animal Health, Agriculture and Food Supply Award at the 2019 Antibiotic Guardian Awards.

The Antibiotic Guardian Awards ceremony took place in Birmingham on the 27th June and paid tribute to the work of healthcare professionals in tackling antimicrobial resistance, as part of the ongoing Antibiotic Guardian campaign led by Public Health England, in collaboration with UK devolved administrations and professional bodies.
The Kite programme has a collaborative, processor-led approach, whereby processors engage in discussion with their dairy farmer suppliers and their vets to identify which type of antibiotics should be used for treating common disorders, and when.
“The programme has resulted in demonstrable reduction in all antibiotic usage amongst participating farmers,” says Kite Consulting’s John Allen. “It has helped eliminate the use of prophylactics and has greatly contributed to a reduction in the usage of HP CIAs.  Farmers have used benchmarking datasets, as well as discussions within groups and with their vets, to help make informed decisions about which antibiotics they should use and under what circumstances.”

Picture attached: John Allen, Victoria Hicks and Chloe Cross from Kite Consulting (third, fourth and fifth from the right) receiving their award at the ceremony on June 27th 2019.
The award was sponsored by AB Agri
How the Antibiotic Monitoring and Reduction Programme works:
  • Antibiotic purchase history is collected from the participating farmer’s veterinary surgeon, following a data release consent form being completed.

  • Analysis of this data is completed by comparing against RUMA 2020 targets and the group’s averages.

  • Total usage is broken down into a large variety of subcategories, primarily to identify High Priority Critically Important Antibiotic (HP CIA) usage and the treatment routes.

  • Farmers receive individual feedback that highlights their performance and anonymously benchmarks against the group. This information is also shared with the farm vet.

  • Facilitated workshops allow discussion and engagement between farmer members. As farmers and their vets are involved from the start, both are able to learn from each other’s perspective during these discussions.

  • Farm management changes are discussed with vets and the farm team.