Duncan Williams - vet nutritionist

Vet nutritionist joins Mole Valley Farmers to help farmers with climate change challenge

A Vet Nutritionist has joined Mole Valley Farmers in a new role specifically designed to help farmers navigate the climate change challenges ahead.

Duncan Williams will assist farmers in establishing their farm’s carbon footprint, benchmark performance and provide a farm-specific roadmap to help them hit net zero targets. He’ll also look at ways to increase farm business resilience to reduce exposure to the impact of climate change.

His new role is a further extension of Mole Valley Farmers’ Climate Positive Agriculture initiative and highlights their ongoing commitment to helping farmers understand and lower their environmental impact.

Duncan says: “Climate change seems a very specific issues around emissions, but its bigger than that. How do we reduce our impact and also deal with risk management in terms of coping with drier and wetter conditions? That’s where business resilience comes in.”

Over the last decade, Duncan has worked as a practicing vet in the UK, US, New Zealand and China, before taking up a position as a business consultant and nutritionist with Kite Consulting.

He is passionate about creating sustainable farming systems and has undertaken a Masters in Sustainability at Exeter University and a Nuffield Scholarship on sustainable use of antibiotics.

It’s this knowledge, combined with his practical experience, which puts him in good stead to help Farmer Shareholders improve business productivity, profitability and sustainability. He believes it’s important that all farmers think about the impact the decisions they make today have on the future.

“When we make an investment, it’s important to ask how it can reduce carbon, whilst also achieving its primary aim of improving farm profitability. We don’t want to lock ourselves into high carbon systems without meaning to,” he explains.

Duncan says there are various “levers” that can be pulled to help lower a farm’s carbon footprint. The relevant levers will depend on an individual farm’s situation. This could involve optimising animal performance through feeding and genetics or building nutrient cycling into farm management, for example. He can work with farmers to identify the relevant solution.

 To find out how Duncan can help you to understand and lower your farm’s carbon footprint and build business resilience, contact him on Tel: 07977 054 328 or Email: [email protected]

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