AHDB Beef & Lamb is 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.

One of the priorities in AHDB Beef & Lamb’s ‘Inspiring success’ 2017-2020 strategy is to increase the profitability per hectare of producers who benchmark with AHDB. One of the key ways to deliver this priority is for AHDB to ensure well-trained and experienced consultants and advisers continue to be available to the beef and sheep industry.  Each meeting will be held over two days and count as 10 hours of CPD.

The 2015-16 Developing Beef Expertise Programme (DBE) produced a group of 14 trained consultants and advisers  who have been used extensively to deliver AHDB Beef & Lamb events, written material and most recently the strategic farms and challenge sheep initiatives.  Therefore, it is important those people that apply for the programme are available to deliver independent consultancy once the programme is completed.

Application process

Applications will open on the 1 February 2018 and will close on the 30 March 2018. Click here to download an application form. Once completed, please send it to ku.gr1537675640o.bdh1537675640a@lla1537675640H.ann1537675640aY1537675640. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants will be informed of their success by 16 April 2018.

The programme

The 2018-19 DBE programme aims to recruit a further 16 beef consultants or advisers.

A total of five, two-day meetings will take place over the 12 month programme, covering various topics affecting beef enterprises. These include:

  • Current beef market landscape (markets, consumer trends, Brexit)
  • Meeting market specification
  • Business tools
  • Health and antimicrobial resistance
  • Nutrition and grassland management
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Professional skills e.g. communication, facilitation, presentation

The five meetings will be held around the country, ensuring that one meeting is held in each of the five regions of England.

Planned meetings
Meeting Number Date Place
1 13-14 June 2018 North West
2 19-20 September 2018 South West
3 5-6 December 2018* North East
4 6-7 March 2019* South East
5 29-30 May 2019* Midlands

*exact dates may change

Cost

It is expected that each successful applicant contributes £100 per meeting to the cost of running the programme. Once the applicant has learnt of their success, they will be asked to pay £300 to cover the cost of the first three meetings. After the first three meetings there will be a break clause whereby those who wish to continue with the programme, for a further two meetings, will be required to pay a further £200. This ensures that each delegate values the training and continuous professional development they receive throughout the programme.

Each delegate will also be expected to pay for their own bed and breakfast costs. AHDB will cover all other costs for running the programme, including meals (excluding breakfast), speakers and room hire.

 

2016 Developing beef expertise members

 Name  Expertise  Contact details and area
 Ally Anderson

Ally Anderson

  •  Fertility
  • Youngstock management
  • Herd health planning
  • Disease prevention
 Email: moc.s1537675640iteoz1537675640@nosr1537675640edna.1537675640ylla1537675640

North West & Yorkshire regions

 

 Debby Brown

Debby Brown

  •  Nutrition
  • Health
  • Benchmarking
 Email: ei.ci1537675640tleca1537675640fl@yb1537675640bed1537675640

Phone: 07824 395167

UK

 Ian Cairns

Ian Cairns

  •  Business management
  • Health planning
  • BPS and cross compliance
  • Grassland management including upland improvements
 Email: moc.k1537675640ooltu1537675640o@snr1537675640iacri1537675640

Phone: 07469 203088

North East, North West, Yorkshire, East & West Midlands regions

 Polly Gratwick

Polly Gratwick

  •  Beef and sheep health
 Email: moc.l1537675640iamto1537675640h@tev1537675640_lop1537675640

Phone: 07765 251893

South-Southwest region

 James Hadwin

James Hadwin

  •  Health
  • Grassland management
  • Organic farming
 Email: ku.oc1537675640.ycna1537675640tlusn1537675640ocirg1537675640ahj@n1537675640iwdah1537675640j1537675640

Phone: 07739 176667

North West region

 Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry

  •  Health
  • Suckler systems
 Email: moc.l1537675640iamto1537675640h@yrn1537675640ehphp1537675640esoj1537675640

Phone: 07734 472123

North East region

 Rhidian Jones

Rhidian Jones

 

  •  Grassland management
  • Beef fertility and nutrition
  • Sheep nutrition
  • Systems resilience
  • FARMAX
 Email: moc.t1537675640enret1537675640nitb@1537675640smets1537675640yskco1537675640tsevi1537675640ljr1537675640

Phone: 07889 182364

UK  

 Graham Leaver

Graham Leaver

  •  Financial management
 Email: moc.t1537675640enret1537675640nitb@1537675640sige1537675640

Phone: 07738 929938

South west region

 Philip McIntosh

Phil McIntosh

  •  Calf health/rearing
  • Infectious disease
  • Fertility
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
 Email: ku.oc1537675640.ooha1537675640y@hso1537675640tnicm1537675640lihp1537675640

Phone: 07779 331375

South and South East regions

 Helen Ovens

Helen Ovens

 

  •  Grassland management
  • Benchmarking
  • Succession planning
  • CAP reform
  • Sustainable intensification
 Email: ku.oc1537675640.sada1537675640@snev1537675640o.nel1537675640eh1537675640

Phone: 07896 816153

Midlands and North West regions

 Tim Potter

Tim Potter

  •  Youngstock management
  • Health and disease
  • Herd health planning
  • Veal production
  • Beef from the dairy industry
  • Pneumonia
 Email: ku.oc1537675640.stev1537675640mraft1537675640niopt1537675640sew@r1537675640ettop1537675640.mit1537675640

Phone: 07808 763856

UK

 

 Non Thorne

Non Thorne

  •  Key performance indicators
  • Benchmarking
 Email: ku.oc1537675640.seta1537675640icoss1537675640atnep1537675640@enro1537675640htn1537675640

Phone: 07890 781323

UK

 William Waterfield

William Waterfield

  •  Business management
  • Grazing and forage planning for conventional and organic systems
  • Ration and diets
 Email: moc.c1537675640irgag1537675640cf@dl1537675640eifre1537675640taw.w1537675640

Phone: 07785 530487

South East region

 Alice Willett

Alice Willett

  •  Animal health
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
 Email: moc.t1537675640cenno1537675640ctb@t1537675640telli1537675640wecil1537675640a1537675640

Midlands and South regions