AHDB Beef & Lamb R&D review 2016Research and development is a core part of delivering the AHDB Beef & Lamb strategy.

AHDB Beef & Lamb funds R&D that:

  • delivers practical improvement opportunities to levy payers in the short to medium term
  • provides objective information to support industry decision making
  • supports other strategic objectives

Where possible AHDB Beef & Lamb also seeks to maximise the impact of its expenditure by leveraging funding from other sources to deliver benefit to levy payers.


Temporary hold on unsolicited research project proposals – March 2017

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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