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Buitelaar Group welcomes The James Hutton Institute to their state-of-the-art development farm

In the past couple of weeks, we had the pleasure of hosting a visit at our state-of-the-art rearing facility with members from The James Hutton Institute, along with representatives from Animal Health Care, AHDB, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products, vets, and researchers as part of their Roadmap to Reducing the need for Antibiotics.

The day drew the attendance of individuals from across Europe including the UK, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland.

The visit held an in-depth tour of our facilities as well as talks from industry specialists, Alan King Chair of Research & Development, Ben Barber, Buitelaar Vet, and our Development Farm Manager Dominic McKenzie. Our innovative calf housing solutions were a hot topic with the world renowned research organisation who were delighted to hear more on our extensive trials and research which have lead to a substantial 60% reduction in antibiotic usage across the farm.

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During their visit, guests were able to witness firsthand the latest advancements in calf rearing, which include state-of-the-art technology, housing and equipment that allows us to provide optimal conditions for the health and growth of our calves which is crucial for the long-term success throughout the supply chain.

James Hutton Research Assistant, Carol Kyle said:

“We saw a diverse range of quality housing options on the farm which provide an ideal platform for conducting research and trials around how housing can affect the use of antimicrobial agents on the farm."

We are committed to not only producing high-quality, sustainable beef, but also being a leader in the sector by sharing our knowledge gained through various research projects and trials we have undertaken: just a small part of Buitelaar’s commitment to supporting the future generations of farming and continuing to drive the industry forwards.

Find out more about our Development Farm here: