The AHDB Beef & Lamb 2017–2020 strategy identifies accelerating innovation and productivity growth through coordinated R&D and KE as priority. In order to meet the target of a 5% increase in profitability per hectare of producers who benchmark with AHDB, research will focus on the following areas:

  • Driving greater on-farm uptake of genetic potential by increasing the use and understanding of EBVs
  • Improve the efficiency of meat production through improved nutrition and management
  • Improved animal health and welfare, while reducing costs and driving uptake of best practice of on-farm medicine use

Research objectives

The objectives of the AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D programme are to:

  • improve genetic selection methods for significant market traits
  • improve health and welfare through health planning, better biosecurity and improve understanding of animal disease and its control
  • improve animal nutrition and growth through better management
  • develop better integrated systems for beef and sheep production
  • provide practical responses to climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • improve meat quality and safety (including reducing food waste and improving shelf life)

Priority areas for research

The current priorities within these broad objectives are detailed here.

Research projects

For details of current and completed research projects, select one of the programme’s six key areas:

Or find out more about the latest funding opportunities for research and development projects.

The AHDB Beef & Lamb research and development programme also encompasses the work of Signet on gathering breed traits for Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) which help producers work towards producing ideal offspring for their target markets.

For all research and development enquiries email the R&D team.

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