Stakeholder Invitation from Visiting India Mission 24 June - 5 June

The Department for International Trade commercial team from Chandigarh, India will be visiting the UK 24 June - 5 July 2019 alongside with a delegation of businesses and academia to explore Export opportunities in the Agri-Tech sector, they have planned a two weeks Agri-Tech Roadshow across the UK. 

 Please see attached FLYER for further information.

 If you are interested in meeting with DIT India mission and learn more about export opportunities to India, while on their roadshow, please contact Nanki Aurora (Nanki.Aurora@fco.gov.uk) for further details.

 Kind Regards

 Agri- Tech Team

Department for International Trade | London SW1A 2EY

NBA BEEF EXPO HOSTS SUCCESSFUL INWARD MISSION

NBA BEEF EXPO HOSTS SUCCESSFUL INWARD MISSION

Delegates pictured on the AHDB stand at Beef Expo

Delegates pictured on the AHDB stand at Beef Expo

11 delegates from across Europe were part of an Inward Trade Mission to the National Beef Association’s Beef Expo held near Kendal, Cumbria 22-23 May 2019. Representing a breadth of beef cattle breeds, the group was made up of pedigree farmers, vets and beef retailers interested in UK genetics and expertise.

Inward Mission guests attending the Farm Tours

Inward Mission guests attending the Farm Tours

Day One saw farm tours to two enterprises: the first utilising Hereford & Limousin genetics with the second based around the Stabiliser breed.  

Hereford Breed Secretary David Deakin addresses the trailer tours

Hereford Breed Secretary David Deakin addresses the trailer tours

David & Maggie Kelly established their Hereford herd at Nether Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale in 2014 with heifers purchased from John Douglas’ Ervie Herd, Stranraer and then built on with polled Australian and horned American genetics.

Netherhall Hereford Herd

Netherhall Hereford Herd

Calving 180 cows they aim to reach 300 females with the focus on low input, high output, easy calving cattle with short gestation. The Herefords sit alongside a 40-head pedigree Limousin herd. As numbers grow, females are by and large retained for breeding with 40 bulls sold last year in addition to semen marketed through Cogent.

Hereford & Limousin cattle from Nether Hall

Hereford & Limousin cattle from Nether Hall

Hereford-sired, dairy-bred calves are also bought in and finished at 20 months with any purebred Herefords not kept for breeding also sold via Dunbia on a Co-op contract at 18 months.

At the Dixons’ Kit Crag holding

At the Dixons’ Kit Crag holding

The second farm tour was to Kit Crag, Selside, Kendal which supports the Dixon Family’s 220-head Stabiliser suckler herd established in 2004. A tight calving pattern is maintained from mid-April and runs for 7-8 weeks with heifer calves predominantly kept as replacements  with some sold in-calf or as bulling heifers.

Stabiliser Suckler Herd pictured at Kit Crag

Stabiliser Suckler Herd pictured at Kit Crag

The use of some AI and embryo transfer means new bloodlines as well as breeding bulls can be introduced to the herd. Stabilisers are suited to the holding due to their moderate size, efficient meat production and ease of calving (first calvers average 30.5kg with cows levelling out at 35.8kg calf birthweight). Bull calves are kept entire and finished aged 12 to 14 months at 360-370kg to sell through Morrisons’ Yearling Beef Scheme.

Inside the NW Auctions-hosted Beef Expo event

Inside the NW Auctions-hosted Beef Expo event

 The second day was spend at the Beef Expo event hosted by North West Auctions at its J36 Kendal site comprised of livestock market and agricultural business hub. With 140 tradestands from R&D to animal health to nutrition, Breed Society stands and competitions, seminars, and the NBA Commercial Cattle Show, visitors were presented with an insight into the latest developments in the British beef industry ‘under one roof.’

On the Galloway stand at Beef Expo

On the Galloway stand at Beef Expo

 Supported by AHDB and the British Livestock Genetics Consortium, the visit was organised by Richard Saunders & John Fleming.






 

Sussex in South Africa at 100

SUSSEX 2020

The Sussex Cattle Breeders Society of South Africa is holding its Centenary celebrations  “SUSSEX 2020” in Bloemfontein South Africa during April 2020. Please click on FLYER for more details. All international breeders are invited to the Congress which will include presentations on embryo transplants, AI and breed development such as Genomics. Contact Ika van Niekerk, Coordinator, SUSSEX 2020, plan@sussex2020.co.za.

UKRAINE SHOW HERALDS CATTLE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES

UKRAINE SHOW HERALDS CATTLE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Deerpark Pedigree Pigs Secures New Business

British Livestock Stand in Ukraine

British Livestock Stand in Ukraine

 The Agro-Animal Grain-Tech Show held in Kiev, Ukraine 19-21 February 2019 saw the agreement of a new Export Health Certificate (EHC) between the UK and Ukraine to herald future trade in cattle semen and embryos between the two countries. This success is the result of negotiations with their counterparts in Ukraine on behalf of the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) with the support of Defra and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

British-Ukrainian Pig Forum

British-Ukrainian Pig Forum

Around twenty UK businesses participated in the fifth UK National Pavilion at the show with the aim “to introduce UK companies with a wide range of relevant and innovative expertise to the Ukrainian market,” according to Cathy Cottrell, Head of DIT at the British Embassy in Ukraine.

Speakers at the Pig Forum included (L-R) Nigel Overend, Chris Jackson & Geert Rombouts

Speakers at the Pig Forum included (L-R) Nigel Overend, Chris Jackson & Geert Rombouts

A key focus of the show is the British-Ukrainian Agribusiness Forum – held on the second day - which this year focused on pig production. Among the speakers were Dr Lawrence Brown (Animal Science & Aquaculture Specialist, DIT), Chris Jackson (British Pig Association), Geert Rombouts (Rattlerow Farms/Choice Genetics) & Nigel Overend of Deerpark Pedigree Pigs, Magherafelt, Northern Ireland – the latter taking his first orders for frozen pig semen into the Ukrainian market.

L-R Chris Jackson (UKTAG),  Matt Holmes (Perendale), Edward Adamson (NSA), Richard Saunders (BLG) and Mark Oakes (DIT Head of Bioeconomy)

L-R Chris Jackson (UKTAG), Matt Holmes (Perendale), Edward Adamson (NSA), Richard Saunders (BLG) and Mark Oakes (DIT Head of Bioeconomy)

Representatives from the National Sheep Association (NSA) & British Livestock Genetics Consortium (BLG) were present to help push for export certification between the two countries for sheep genetics now that the bovine certificate is in place. 

Edward Adamson, Alina Bolynets (interpreter) & Chris Jackson on the British Livestock stand

Edward Adamson, Alina Bolynets (interpreter) & Chris Jackson on the British Livestock stand

National Sheep Association Northern Ireland Regional Development Officer Edward Adamson, a breeder of Ile de France, Clun Forest & Lleyn sheep near Carrickfergus, works closely with NSA farmer members and industry bodies to promote the export of UK-bred sheep. Representing BLG was Richard Saunders with the British Livestock presence coordinated by Chris Jackson of UK Technology for Agriculture & Genetics (UKTAG) which facilitates market access abroad for UK agri-tech companies with support from the Department of International Trade and the British Embassy.

Taking enquiries on the stand

Taking enquiries on the stand

If you would like to join the UK stand at the February 2020 show, please contact Richard Saunders richardsaunders1965@yahoo.co.uk or Chris Jackson exports@uktag.co.uk for further information.

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FOCUS ON EXPORTS AT BRITISH CATTLE BREEDERS CONFERENCE

The Beef Workshop within the British Cattle Breeders Conference held at Telford, Shropshire on Monday 21st January 2019 brought exports of UK livestock and genetics into keen focus. Speaking on behalf of the British Livestock Genetics Consortium, Richard Saunders explained the joined-up approach being taken by industry stakeholders to consolidate existing trade as well as open up new markets for British cattle, sheep and pig genetics. In tandem with two Inward Missions bringing prospective sheep and cattle customers to the UK in 2019 were a range of overseas events and expos being planned over all six continents.

Richard Saunders speaking at the 2019 British Cattle Breeders Conference

Richard Saunders speaking at the 2019 British Cattle Breeders Conference

With harmonised trading conditions with the EU27 likely to continue at least in the medium term, it was nevertheless important, he said, for farmers and breeding organisations in the medium to long term to look beyond traditional markets. The UK’s strength in depth of livestock both in numbers, breeds and types within breeds alongside its high health and welfare standards meant British breeding stock was in great demand throughout the World.

Please find the provisional export programme below which highlights a number of financially supported events during 2019-2020. lease click on EVENTS section for further information about participating or call Richard Saunders 07901768904 for a chat.

Agro Farm Ukraine 19/02/2019

China Animal Husbandry Exhibition 18/05/2019

China Dairy Exhibition 15/06/2019

Beef Expo, Kendal 22/05/2019

Sheep South West, Devon 17/06/2019

Livestock Philippines 26/06/2019

Indo Livestock 03/07/2019

Colombia Agro Futuro 01/08/2019

Brazil Expointer 22/08/2019

India Agritex Hyderabad 22/08/2019

Irish National Ploughing Match 17/09/2019

USA World Dairy Expo 05/10/2019

Romania Indagra 30/10/2019

Livestock Taiwan 31/10/2019

Nigeria Agra Innovate 01/11/2019

Ukraine Graintec 01/02/2020

Vietnam ILDEX 18/03/2020