Project No:                    61110004

Lead contractor:        AHDB

Start & end date:       14 September 2015 – 31 December 2016

 

The Problem:

AHDB Beef & Lamb want to help develop beef expertise to ensure well-trained and experienced consultants and advisers continue to be available to the beef industry.  The hope is to role the idea out for sheep consultants and advisers in 2016.

 

Aims and Objectives:

AHDB Beef & Lamb are working with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) to deliver continuous professional development (CPD) to consultants and advisers who want to develop their beef expertise.

The Developing Beef Expertise programme will produce a group of trained consultants and advisers that can be used to deliver at AHDB Beef and Lamb events and help develop written material. Plus the consultants and advisers involved would be more aware of the tools and technical information available from AHDB Beef and Lamb.

 

Approach:

The plan is to have a taster session on the afternoon of 14 September at Woodland Grange near Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, which is the day before AHDB Beef and Lamb’s annual R&D workshop – Translating the latest research into practice.  Consultants, advisers, vets and industry representatives are welcome to the taster session and workshop, and both are open to people who aren’t members of BIAC.  If people wish to come to both, AHDB Beef and Lamb will cover the accommodation cost.

After the taster session, the application process for the Developing Beef Expertise programme would be open to all.  The programme will consist of five meetings that will be held from December 2015 to December 2016.  The meetings will cover the technical aspects of breeding, health and fertility, feed and forage, selection for slaughter and business improvements, and will be spread throughout England.  Each meeting will be held over two days and count as ten hours of CPD. The meetings will be interactive and aimed at delivering knowledge that can be readily communicated to clients to benefit their businesses.  Each meeting would cost £100 and attendance of three meetings is the minimum commitment.  Accommodation and travel would be at the consultants and advisers’ expense.

 

Results:

The first Developing Beef Expertise programme finished in December 2016 with 14 vets and consultants successfully completing the 5 meetings between Dec 15 and Dec 16. It is planned that the programme will run again from Dec 17 to Dec 18, however this will now be managed by the KE team.