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Livestock plays a key role in UK agriculture, helping to provide high quality food such as meat, milk and eggs, and contributing £14.7bn in output to the UK economy in 2020.

Livestock is a wide ranging industry encompassing everything from extensive hill farming of sheep, to lowland dairy and beef production, and pig and poultry production. Within the UK, we have large, well established companies and emerging SMEs who are actively involved in innovation. The UK is also home to a strong research base in animal and veterinary science and related areas, including world leaders. Livestock farming represents a major land use in the UK and is a key part to tackling climate change and ensuring that we’re able to feed the rapidly growing global population.

We’ll share our deep knowledge of the livestock industry and will help you make powerful connections with key stakeholders in the sector.

Our Livestock Expert

Lucy Mather

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Funding Opportunities

Farming Innovation Programme - large R&D partnership projects

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.

Opens: 30/03/2022 Closes: 29/06/2022

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Farming Futures R&D Fund: Climate smart farming

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million from the Farming Futures R&D Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme. Your project must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England. Expression of interest required, with full details to follow at stage 2.

Opens: 30/03/2022 Closes: 18/05/2022

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Africa-UK AgriFood Innovation Mission 2020 - Week 6

KTN and Innovate UK are pleased to launch stage two of the virtual missions in July and August as part of the GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme.

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Livestock start-ups in the UK: A review of the innovation landscape

Our AgriFood team takes a deep dive into what innovation looks like for livestock start-ups in the UK in this review.

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Biodiversity and Food Production: The Future of the British Landscape

Find out why the link between biodiversity and food production is important right now and what challenges are faced by the farming and growing communities; and read about international perspectives, supply chain innovations, related funding opportunities and new innovations.

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