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Will Jackson, AHDB Divisional Director for Engagement


Some of you may have seen some of the information we have put out recently in farming press about the Shape The Future vote this coming spring. There is lots of work going on behind the scenes to showcase everything AHDB has to offer and to ensure that levy payers are right at the heart of every decision we make. There will be more transparency around the different services you get for your levy, this is being pulled together into a range of easily accessible resources to keep you up to date.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing your views on the work that we do, what you value the most and the issues that really matter to you. The purpose of the vote is to allow you to become more involved in what work we do at AHDB how the levy is utilised, so please keep an eye out for more information coming over the next few weeks.

Our services, such as the Farm Business Review, are there to help you to prepare for changes in farm payments as part of Defra’s Resilience Fund. This is crucial in creating a sustainable future for the industry and if you haven’t already, I would urge you to get signed up. Those who take part will benefit from a free one-to-one consultation with an experienced farm adviser to discuss your options and help you get the most out of AHDB’s tools and resources, including our online Farm Business Review tool. It's designed to support you through this transition period and help you prepare for a prosperous future.

With COP26 taking place as we speak, there will no doubt be lots of discussion around the environment and questions on what the agriculture sector is doing to reach farming’s goal of becoming Net Zero by 2040. AHDB will have presence at COP26 with several of our experts there to input and answer queries.  We are already delivering proactive work such at the Eat Balanced campaign which showcases the environmental credentials of farming, challenging false information and delivering key independent evidence. If you have any questions yourself on anything to do with COP26, please get in touch.

Keep safe and best wishes
Will Jackson
Divisional Director - Engagement

AHDB chief executive highlights progress towards the spring vote

In response to a letter published in the Farmer’s Weekly (22 October), AHDB chief executive Tim Rycroft highlights the positive work taking place at AHDB in preparation for next spring’s votes. This includes a 30% reduction in senior roles and the recruitment of five new main board members. We have also announced that levy payers will now have the dominant voice, through a vote in the Spring, in deciding what products, tools and services they get from us for their levy. Read more.

AHDB secures £0.5m in farm sustainability research funding

AHDB and BBSRC are partnering to invest £500,000 in UK agriculture to help the industry transition to more sustainable practices, and ultimately net zero carbon by 2040. The BBSRC funding will enable the development of up to 10 projects that directly respond to priorities identified by farmers for achieving a more sustainable agricultural system. Read more.

UK cattle vets to spearhead crucial antibiotic data collection

Cattle vets are being called on to spearhead efforts to populate the new national Medicine Hub with farm antibiotic data. The call to action, made at the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) Congress this week (14-16 October) in Newport, asks vets to help dairy, beef and sheep clients register on the Medicine Hub before the end of the year so they can confidentially share data with it on farmers’ behalf. Read more.


Industry news

Beef research project delivers cost saving for farmers and protects the environment

Annual feed bills across the UK beef industry could be reduced by up to £12.5 million thanks to the development of new selection index tool that allow animals to be selected for feed efficiency. The tool, which was developed by the Beef Feed Efficiency Programme, will also enable the rate of reduction of beef-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be accelerated by 27% over a 20-year period (when compared with measures already in place). Read more.

The countdown is on for this year’s Sheep Breeders Round Table

There are just weeks to go until the 2021 Sheep Breeders Round Table (SBRT).The online conference takes place between Monday 15 and Friday 19 November. Being online this year, it will allow a wide audience to benefit from a range of high-quality speakers from around the globe who will talk us through different aspects of breeding sheep fit for the future.  It is easy to register for free for any (or all) six sessions by heading to the website. Take a look.


Horizon Blog

What will a trade deal with New Zealand mean for UK agriculture?

Market prices

Beef market update

Prime cattle prices remain elevated, supported by lower numbers. Prices follow seasonal downturn, but stronger than a year ago. Watch the latest beef market update here.


Lamb market update

Buoyant lamb prices supported by lack of product and lamb export market remains challenging. Watch your latest lamb market update here.


Retail and consumer insight

Bangers and flash at Halloween and Bonfire Night set to bring a boost for red meat and dairy

Brits love an excuse to party and after an unprecedented 18 months spent in lockdown, now more than ever, most of us are relishing the idea of getting together with family and friends. With Halloween just passed and Bonfire Night coming up, both events are expected to ignite a spark in sales of red meat and dairy. Read more.


Grassland focus

Cut the length of winter housing with better grassland management

Cutting winter housing short by up to a month can add thousands of pounds to even a small farm’s profits. This can be achieved by improved grassland management through in autumn, which can shift the date of housing and turnout and improve the quality of spring grass. Learn more.


Final results from GrassCheckGB shows how farmers met the challenges

The final figures from a season of grass growth have now been recorded, which confirm what every grassland farmer knows – that it has been a challenging year. However, many producers – farming either dairy, beef or sheep – have excelled in the face of difficult conditions, some producing average yields across the farm as high as 12 tonnes of dry matter (DM) per hectare, despite constraints on growth. Learn more.


Outwintering dairy and beef cattle: can it work for you?

Outwintering has been a popular approach over the last few years to reduce housing and feed costs, particularly for cattle, but is outwintering falling out of fashion? In this podcast episode dairy farmer Adam Boley and beef farmer Johnny Haimes share their experiences with outwintering cattle.Listen here
Listen to a podcast on AHDB’s Maternal Matters campaign

Beef & Lamb webinars

Calving beef heifers at two: The Why and the How

Date: Thursday 4 November

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Halal opportunities for sheep farmers

Date: Wednesday 10 November

Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm

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How to choose the right KPIs for your sheep enterprise

Date: Thursday 11 November

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Sheep Breeders Round Table online conference

Date: Monday 15 – Friday 19 November

Time: six sessions held across five days

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Beef & Lamb events

Nottinghamshire Strategic Farm: Project successes, future plans and farewells

Date: Thursday 11 November

Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm

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AHDB Challenge Sheep: EID for the Technophobe (Wiltshire)

Date: Wednesday 17 November

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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AHDB Supply Chain Conference: Adding environmental value to your brand

Date: Thursday 18 November

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

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North Yorkshire Strategic Farm: Project successes, future plans and farewells

Date: Tuesday 30 November

Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm

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