elm_house_cows_2009_009AHDB Beef & Lamb is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England.

We exist to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector. Our aims are:

  • To help the beef and sheep meat supply chain become more efficient
  • To add value to the beef and sheep meat industry.

AHDB Beef & Lamb is part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) along with five other levy organisations:

AHDB is a non-departmental public body (NDPB). That means it operates independently of Government but liaises closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), its sponsor department.

AHDB Beef & Lamb is funded through a statutory levy paid on all beef and sheep animals slaughtered in, or live animals exported from, England. Visit levy rates to find out more about the levy.

As a division of AHDB, AHDB Beef & Lamb does not have a stand-alone annual report. View the full AHDB annual report here.

The AHDB Beef & Lamb Business Plan 2016-2019 includes the strategies, activity plans,  and targets agreed by the AHDB Beef & Lamb sector board.  It benefits from a consultation with levy payers and industry organisations, whose comments and observations are taken into account.

We undertake a variety of activities on behalf of our levy payers to help them get the best possible returns from their enterprises in a sustainable way, as well as stimulating a profitable demand for beef and lamb. Our work is equally split between cattle and sheep and can be divided into a number of distinct areas. Without the involvement of AHDB Beef & Lamb , it is unlikely that individual enterprises would have the resources to invest in areas like research and marketing – to the detriment of the industry.