Formerly Project Leader at Silsoe Research Institute and Principal Consultant at ADAS
Peter Kettlewell is a graduate in both Physiology (1977) and Agricultural Engineering (1981) and has over 30 years experience in research and development.
While at Silsoe Research Institute, Peter led research projects focussed on improving the welfare of farm animals. Research projects initially centred on the poultry sector and included automatic weighing of poultry, mechanical collection of poultry, electrical stunning of poultry, and the transport of poultry.
The latter topic became his major area of expertise and Peter was pivotal in developing a better understanding of the ventilation of poultry vehicles which led to commercial prototype vehicles incorporating controlled fan ventilation systems.
Peter has made consultancy visits to South Africa and Canada to address issues relating to thermal conditions during the transport of poultry. The same approaches were then applied to the transport of the “red meat” species (cattle, sheep and pigs) again to gain a better understanding of the air movement around and within livestock transport vehicles and how these might best be provided with fan ventilation.
While employed with ADAS, Peter played a major role as a technical consultant for Defra in the implementation of the new livestock transport legislation arising from the introduction of EC 1/2005. That role involved preparing and delivering a series of technical briefings around England and Wales targeted at the livestock transport sector. He has also accompanied Defra to Brussels for discussions on the introduction of GPS on livestock vehicles.