AHDB Beef & Lamb is funded by statutory levy, meaning that it is enshrined in law and is not optional for producers of beef and sheep meat. Once every five years, producers can decide to call a vote on whether or not they wish to continue funding the activity undertaken by AHDB Beef & Lamb. If the majority vote “no, the levy board would be dissolved.

AHDB Beef & Lamb levy is collected at the point of slaughter, or the point of sale in the case of live exports. We collect from nearly 200 abattoirs across England which are supplied by around 50,000 beef or sheep enterprises. We class all of these as our levy payers, as our total levy money is made up of a part from producers and a part from the processor. The current levy rates are:

Slaughter/
export levy
£/head
Producer levy
£/head
Cattle £1.35 £4.05
Calves
(not exceeding 68 kg deadweight or under 6 months of age if exported)
£0.08 (8p) £0.08 (8p)
Sheep £0.20 (20p) £0.60 (60p)

 

In the year to 31 March 2016, £15.889 million was raised from the slaughter of cattle and sheep in England, a slight increase from the £15.773 million raised during the previous year. Levy collection costs were £293,000 (compared with £281,000 in 2014/15) to give a net levy income of £15.596 million (£15.492 million in 2014/15).

The levy income raised from cattle was £8.421 million (53% of the total) and from sheep £7.468 million (47%). Last year, 53% of the total net levy income was collected from cattle and 47% from sheep.