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Rebecca Miah, AHDB Beef & Lamb Strategy Director


After an unsettled start to the year, navigating the aftermath of leaving the EU and continuing to fight the coronavirus pandemic, it is pleasing to see relatively strong prices for both beef and lamb. Last week we launched our biannual Agri Market Outlooktaking a close look at the

overall prospects for the industry. It provides an insight into what might be ahead, helping the industry plan for the future and make better business decisions to face the coming changes. You can view the beef and lamb outlooks online or listen to the Agri Market Outlook livestock podcast.

There are still more challenges ahead with new government policy, subsidy reductions and environmental pressures to tackle, but our team at AHDB is committed to helping farmers like you to build business resilience. We are delighted to share the news that we have secured £3.9million of additional funding from DEFRA to help farmers future proof their businesses. AHDB will provide a new farm business review tool for 4,000 grazing livestock producers and cereal and oilseed growers in England. The tool is aimed at providing a full understanding of the implications of direct payments disappearing and what they can do to replace that lost income.

In other exciting news, four beef and lamb farms from across England have joined AHDB’s successful Farm Excellence project this month. Operating a variety of different systems, the new Monitor Farmers include David Cross from Norfolk, Ian Farrant from Herefordshire, Rob and Liz Priest from Devon and Harry Sordy from Northumberland. We have planned launch events for the farms over the coming weeks which we would encourage you to go along to, and we look forward to following their journey over the next four years and sharing the developments they make on farm.

Keep safe and best wishes

Rebecca Miah

AHDB Beef & Lamb Strategy Director


AHDB secures funding to help future proof thousands of farm businesses

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has secured £3.9million of funding to help thousands of farmers and growers navigate the fallout of the loss of direct payments and help future proof their businesses. Read more

AHDB to reduce costs by £7.8m including shake up of leadership team

AHDB will make £7.8m of reductions from its annual staff and overheads budget of £29m as part of plans to reduce operational costs and improve efficiency over the next two years, starting with key changes being made to the organisation’s leadership team. Read more

How could payments to livestock farmers change from 2022?

In this article, we consider how income from Basic Payments (Direct Payments and Greening) and SFI payments could compare with 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) levels. Read more

Closure of B&L Lite App

The Beef & Lamb Lite app will be closing at the end of this month. The information can be accessed via the AHDB website www.ahdb.org.uk  


Strategic Farms

Four new farmers join AHDB Farm Excellence project

Four beef and lamb farms from across England have joined AHDB’s successful Farm Excellence project this month. The first round of events for the new farms are taking place throughout August and September. There will be a focus on key areas of a functioning farm business including environmental matters, breeding, health, grassland management and financial performance. The events are an excellent opportunity for farmers to learn from the Monitor Farm programme and share their own experiences. Find out more


Horizon Blog

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Consumer Marketing

Love Lamb Week 2021

Industry news

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has published a Regulatory Position Statement on the application of organic materials, including slurries and manures. Farmers can now apply these materials, with reasonable care, during autumn 2021. AHDB will be working with stakeholders to develop a solution that enables farmers to make best use of organic materials going forwards. AHDB guidance and resources can be found on AHDB’s environment webpages.

SCOPS launches Code of Practice to ensure safe and effective sheep dipping

A new Code of Practice has been launched by the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group, in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), to ensure access to the best advice on effective treatment of sheep scab with organophosphate (OP) sheep dip, minimising risks to users and the environment. Read more

In this episode of the Food & Farming podcast, Nic Renison talks to Colina Humphrey, sheep farmer and self-confessed grass addict

Beef & Lamb webinars

The evolution of sheep breeds revealed in the latest Sheep Breed Survey results

Date: Monday 16 August

Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm

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Who says farmers won't meditate?

Date:  Thursday 19 August

Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm

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Beef & Lamb events 

Northumberland Beef & Lamb Monitor Farm launch event

Date: Thursday 5 August

Time: 10:00 – 2:00pm

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Herefordshire Beef & Lamb Monitor Farm launch event

Date: Wednesday 18 August

Time: 10:00 – 2:00pm

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Norfolk Beef & Lamb Monitor Farm launch event

Date: Wednesday 15 September

Time: 10:00 – 2:00pm

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