Latest Dairy News

16 September 2019

Blue Planet 2 brought plastic pollution to the forefront of the British environment debate. New research by AHDB has shown plastic usage in packaging is a concern for 86% of consumers.

13 September 2019

Ar article looking at the key nutritional parameters in forage analysis

13 September 2019

A Forage for Knowledge article looking at return on investment on deciding hether or not to purchase a plate meter

11 September 2019

Bodysgaw Isa in Denbighshire, North Wales is our third Welsh Strategic Dairy Farm.

17 September 2019

Make the most of trends, AHDB research and data to understand the modern shopper

12 September 2019

A series of practical workshops to help you identify and select the right sires to meet your breeding goals.

10 September 2019

We look at some key indicators to gauge the UK’s economic performance, what this means for consumers and the outlook for the months ahead, especially given the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.

6 September 2019

Now is the time to assess forage quality to establish the requirements for purchased feed.

4 September 2019

Julie Clark has joined AHDB as a knowledge exchange manager specialising in benchmarking.

16 September 2019

What should I be doing to win new shoppers?

23 August 2019

Accurate grass measuring using satellite technology is still developing, but many grazing managers who plate meter could improve grassland performance just by getting more out of their grazing software. Today’s sophisticated data crunching can help fine-tune rotations, predict surpluses and deficits, and ensure that any supplementation is cost-effective.

22 August 2019

Plant-based beverages account for just 4.4% of the total liquid milk market.

20 August 2019

Our course seeks to address a lack of leadership skills in farming and plug a productivity gap between the UK and other nations.

16 August 2019

Rupert Major shares how he switched from a leader-follower system on the milking platform, to a separate heifer grazing platform.

13 August 2019

A third (33%) of teachers do not know where to go for information on food, farming and healthy eating practices, according to YouGov research commissioned by us.

13 August 2019

In a brand-new ranking dominated by US genetics, the Danish-bred Viking bull, VH Balisto Brook, rises to the top

13 August 2019

A tie for the number one position and three new entrants to the top 10 indicate the vibrancy in the Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) ranking for young genomic Holstein sires, which is published today.

13 August 2019

The new Autumn and Spring Calving Indexes (£ACI and £SCI) are published today

13 August 2019

There are two new front-runners amongst the breeds other than Holstein in the Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) ranking, published today.

14 August 2019

11% more young parents are certain to buy dairy products according to research carried out after the second year of our campaign with Dairy UK.

2 August 2019

Autumn can be the best time for grassland reseeds, bringing all the benefits of sward rejuvenation at what is often the most convenient time on the farm. However, whether it will repay the substantial investment – around £600/ha (£240/acre) for ploughing, tilling and sowing depends on both the existing sward’s productivity and how well the reseed is done.

2 August 2019

We've been flying the flag for red meat and dairy products from Britain at a leading gourmet food event in Singapore.

14 August 2019

Tyddyn yr Eglwys Farm in Pembrokeshire has been named as our first strategic dairy farm for West Wales.

29 July 2019

A combination of dairy breed and management experience means that this year’s crop of heifer calves has picked up the grazing habit easily on the Dalton’s Derbyshire farm. The spring-born replacements are destined for the family’s 500-cow herd, milked once a day.

29 July 2019

Using rotational grazing techniques on a heifer grazing platform not only helps train replacements for herd life, but also creates the quality leafy grass necessary for rumen development and daily liveweight gain. Just as on the milking platform, however, it requires good infrastructure and an eye on residuals.

29 July 2019

A flurry of new dessert parlours across the UK could provide new and exciting opportunities for the dairy industry

29 July 2019

Reusable cups are increasingly popular, and a sustainable way of keeping a frothy coffee or creamy hot chocolate, delicious.

16 August 2019

Dessert parlours are creating new opportunities for dairy products

16 August 2019

The food-to-go sector is the fastest growing part of the eating-out market, but what are the opportunities for food operators to capitalise on the trend?

19 July 2019

Shaun and David Utting built a bridge to access 30 ha of additional grazing saving a mile round trip

18 July 2019

Phil Bicknell shares his thoughts on UK competitiveness and tapping into global opportunities

17 July 2019

Using sexed semen in your dairy herd can help reduce rearing costs and increase potential profit.

17 July 2019

Lameness in dairy cows is set to reduce according to our latest data

12 July 2019

It’s taken 20 years, but on 28 June 2019, the EU and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) agreed a trade deal between the two blocs.

11 July 2019

Studentship funding call opens for academic institutions

5 July 2019

We're looking for farms across GB to participate in a project about into reducing P on dairy farms

5 July 2019

LIC grazing consultant Piers Badnell explain the options to correct spring grazing mistakes

29 July 2019

Workshops to help you use your grass growth data to create an autumn grazing plan and ensure the best possible start to the 2020 grazing season

19 June 2019

Excellent calf and youngstock welfare can be achieved by ensuring animals are thriving, not surviving, according to Jim Reynolds, an international expert in dairy welfare.

1 August 2019

Herd manager, Wil Armitage turned his back on high production in favour of breeding for profit.

18 June 2019

Rhual Dairy in Flintshire has been named as the first AHDB strategic dairy farm in Wales. Run by John and Anna Booth as part of a shared farming partnership, Rhual Dairy is an all-year-round-calving herd with 336 Holstein Friesian cows.

17 June 2019

The window for farmers and growers to apply for a heavily discounted training scheme, which can deliver significant savings to their business, close on Monday 24 June.

12 June 2019

Menus, which feature words like ‘recommended’ and ‘finest’ to describe dishes, will command a higher price, according to new research.

16 August 2019

Easter this year was a hot one, putting shoppers in a good mood for entertaining, but in a less traditional way.

10 June 2019

Capitalising on the many opportunities Asia presents for food and farming, is the focus of a new report launched today

16 August 2019

Mother’s Day was widely celebrated this year as 76% of us treated our mums, according to research by Kantar.

16 August 2019

Menus are growing as they cater for more dietary needs. Meat-free is increasing its share of dishes but protein still takes the lions share.

16 August 2019

We spend £1.6bn a year on home baking in the UK, but it’s a category in decline. The potential market for pre-packed flour and butter is large...

4 June 2019

Dairy has proved itself the cream of the crop in the food service sector, with sales of milk-based cuisine up 12% last year

16 August 2019

Dairy is performing strongly in foodservice, despite a difficult market

31 May 2019

Internationally renowned vet Dr James Reynolds will discuss the latest animal welfare science at an AHDB meeting in Lanarkshire on 17 June.

4 June 2019

Premium cheese from the UK will descend on the American marketplace this week at a major dairy show in Florida

23 May 2019

Farmers who have now completed our 2017 management training scheme identified combined savings to their businesses in excess of £600,000.

16 August 2019

How usage of home delivery differs by age and how best to tailor your offering

17 May 2019

We have partnered with rural consultancy, ADAS, to run free business planning workshops for farmers and growers.

15 May 2019

Internationally renowned Dr. James Reynolds to speak about the latest welfare science for calves and youngstock

15 May 2019

Complete our short survey to help us better understand KPIs for grassland and forage management

13 May 2019

The genetic traits dairy farmers should focus on to increase daily lifetime yields for fat and protein.

10 May 2019

First estimate for 2018

14 May 2019

UK Total Factor Productivity (TFP*) decreased 2.1% between 2017 and 2018, due to decreased outputs and a smaller increase in inputs.

16 August 2019

The dairy sector, and liquid milk specifically, is often seen as a category under attack. From plant-based alternatives to changing habits, what are the drivers of change and what are the best strategies to retain consumers in the category?

16 August 2019

But price is still a key barrier, highlighting the need to justify its price premium

30 April 2019

AHDB is now recruiting an additional person to work with Scottish dairy farmers, after the Scottish Dairy Hub officially moved to NFUS in February.

30 April 2019

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, AHDB is committed to supporting farmers.

30 April 2019

We have loads of tools and resources on the AHDB website – check out some of our favourites here.

8 May 2019

Farmer to farmer learning sits at the very core of our activities, and the reason is simple, it works.

30 April 2019

Farmer William Baillie shares his experience of the dairy strategic farm programme

16 August 2019

With rising food insecurity, an increasing amount of leftovers are hitting our stomachs, rather than hitting the bottom of the bin.

26 April 2019

Tough new Clean Air Strategy1 targets are spurring farmers and growers to develop more practices to cut ammonia emissions and reduce the industry’s environmental footprint, further.

24 April 2019

Beef and lamb producers taking part in the GrassCheckGB project will open up their farms in May to share knowledge and help others increase profits from their pastures.

8 May 2019

Below average rainfall is triggering UK farmers and growers to adopt water savvy techniques early in the year, to be prepared should another agricultural drought hit.

23 April 2019

Helping farms cope when water supplies are cut

18 April 2019

We have appointed three new members to our sector board. Joe Towers, Liz Haines and Ian Harvey took up their roles on 1 April for a three-year period.

18 April 2019

UK Ministers have agreed to extend Gwyn Jones’ second term of office on the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

16 April 2019

Improving the genetic potential of your herd will be the focus of the next meeting of Scotland’s Strategic Dairy Farm on 25 April.

15 April 2019

Margins on the top quarter of dairy farms were up to 12 pence per litre (ppl) higher than the bottom quartile according to our ‘Dairy Performance Report.’

15 April 2019

We have appointed Nic Parsons as head of dairy development, responsible for the development and co-ordination of our strategic dairy farm network.

24 April 2019

Horizon modelling highlights the need for farmers to be prepared for different Brexit outcomes

16 August 2019

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to treat ourselves and our loved ones, particularly with food.

8 April 2019

Canadian cheese lovers are in for a treat this month when a selection of dairy products from the UK arrives at a premier food innovation event in Toronto

4 April 2019

Conclusions of the first ever major cross-sector review of weed management

2 April 2019

Twelve new Sector Board members have been appointed across five of the sectors at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

2 April 2019

Strategic Dairy Farm network secures £1m funding to support expansion

2 April 2019

The ranking for daughter-proven Holstein bulls shows no change at the top with Larcrest Commend maintaining his lead.

2 April 2019

A brand new number one genomic sire and two UK-bred half-brothers in the top 10 are the highlights of our new £PLI ranking

2 April 2019

A brand new number one bull in our Spring Calving Index (£SCI) and little change in our Autumn Calving Index (£ACI)

2 April 2019

Two newcomers from North America have entered the running in the latest Jersey breed £PLI ranking

29 March 2019

Research reveals adding dairy to your favourite meals causes a pleasure surge of 27%.

27 March 2019

Listen to a panel discussion about key issues and impacts of Brexit on the UK’s agricultural and horticultural sectors

22 March 2019

We share our top tips for on-off grazing

15 March 2019

Regardless of what happens with Brexit, unless the UK stays in, farmers in England will see direct payments removed by 2028. The situation for farmers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, (as of 11 March 2019) is unclear.

15 March 2019

Exporters have been flying the flag for meat and dairy products from Britain at an event in Singapore in a bid to grow our overseas trade to Southeast Asia.

4 September 2019

Initial assessment of the implications of the Government's no deal tariffs on AHDB's key sectors

16 August 2019

Data suggests consumers are less sensitive to butter prices as prices increase

16 August 2019

The value of the eating-out market is in decline. Tailored offerings are key to appeal to consumer segments.

11 March 2019

Consultation on guidelines for schools closes on Friday

16 August 2019

Strategies are being put in place to minimise disruption

6 March 2019

Cinema advertising will be used for the first time in the £1.2 million consumer marketing campaign which runs nationwide for ten weeks from 11th March.

16 August 2019

Scratch cooking is on the rise. Brexit, higher inflation and increasing prices could be contributing to the trend.

5 March 2019

Brexit decisions will be key to what happens with self-sufficiency but either way there are a number of challenges and things to consider

4 March 2019

Small changes are making a big difference for AHDB strategic dairy farmer Willie Baillie.

1 March 2019

Internationally recognised dairy farmers Lloyd and Daphne Holterman will be visiting the UK in March for a series of meetings where they will outline the ‘five non-negotiables of managing the modern dairy cow’.

28 February 2019

In a drive to better equip the next generation of workers, AHDB has joined forces with industry to set standards for its Trailblazer Apprenticeships.

27 February 2019

AHDB is looking to strengthen its support to the dairy sector in Scotland by appointing a new Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager.

27 February 2019

Producers and users of school educational resources on food are being invited to have their say on a series of new voluntary guidelines.

16 August 2019

The food delivery market has seen double digit growth in the last year as new players enter the market and expand the offering

25 February 2019

In his latest blog, Phil Bicknell brings some much needed clarity to the Brexit debate

16 August 2019

This year was particularly strong for smaller roasting joint sizes, party food and fresh cream

14 February 2019

Meat and dairy from the UK will be in the spotlight this month at one of the world’s biggest annual food and beverage trade shows held in Dubai.

14 February 2019

More than 120 primary and secondary teachers were given food for thought at the first national conference to enhance teacher knowledge about farming, cooking and nutrition.

16 August 2019

Britain’s love for Cheddar still continues to dominate the cheese market, but continental cheese is getting a boost and consumers don’t need to go far to satisfy their taste for the exotic.

7 February 2019

Dairy farmers can now benchmark themselves against the top five percent of farms following an update to our key performance indicators (KPIs).

1 February 2019

Will you be able to comply with the new chlorate residue levels?

30 January 2019

Life is full of new beginnings and the New Year is usually a good time to reflect on the past and decide to make some changes.

25 January 2019

Nutrient Management Guide RB209 updated with new guidance

24 January 2019

Find out about indicators that could help you test the health of your soil

16 January 2019

What can be learnt from New Zealand’s experience of subsidy-free farming

16 January 2019

In our latest blog, we discuss what can we learn from New Zealand's experience of subsidy-free farming

4 January 2019

The first edition a new Scotland-focused AHDB newsletter was recently published, featuring articles on key Scottish projects.

3 January 2019

Valuable insight into how the UK can grow its meat and dairy exports in key markets has been revealed in three new reports – launched this week at the Oxford Farming Conference.

21 December 2018

About 80 postgraduates convened in Solihull last month for the third AHDB PhD studentship conference.

18 December 2018

Managing feed for herd health, fertility and productivity will be the focus of an upcoming AHDB Dairy workshop held on 17 January.

17 December 2018

The AHDB GREATsoils programme has been signposted as a vital resource and tool for growers as part of two new soil qualifications from BASIS

12 March 2019

What's all the fizz about fermented? We take a deep dive into this trend and the latest innovations within the dairy category.

16 August 2019

Food waste costs each household an average of £540 a year. Find out how the industry is responding.

12 March 2019

Celebrations are one of the most valuable types of meal, with shoppers willing to spend more for events

3 December 2018

AHDB's latest edition of Horizon cuts through the uncertain policy environment to provide insight into what lies ahead for agricultural commodities markets.

8 March 2019

With Christmas round the corner, AHDB has released a new podcast looking at what consumers will be looking out for in the shops this year and what farmers are doing to prepare for the change to come in the New Year.

28 November 2018

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has sent a letter asking for producers currently (or thinking about) exporting products of animal origin (POAO) to the EU to get in contact with them by 12 December.

28 November 2018

Inform government’s review of the shortage occupation list

22 November 2018

We examine the factors which could affect how agricultural funding could be split between the Home Nations in the future.

21 November 2018

Tailoring the diet of a high yielding cow to maximise both health and productivity will be the focus on the next meeting of the Strategic Dairy Farm based in Lanarkshire on 4 December.

21 November 2018

A summary of the key aspects of evolving farm policy across the nations of the UK.

11 July 2019

Ed Salt, MD of Delamere Dairy gave us an insight into his business and how his staff work as a team to achieve the businesses goals

11 July 2019

The behavioural change techniques and communications to influence our people.

15 August 2019

Sir John Jones talked about the role of leadership in forward thinking businesses

16 November 2018

The number of vaccines used on dairy and beef cattle is on the rise, according to a report published by AHDB.

12 March 2019

Hottest summer on record?

16 August 2019

Build a portfolio that meets different target needs

12 November 2018

Cow comfort is top priority at Carpenters Farm near Chippenham in Wiltshire, which has been recruited as our latest strategic dairy farm

7 November 2018

Dairy exporters from the UK will join us this month at one of China’s leading food and drink fairs

7 November 2018

CEVAS is a nationally recognised accreditation and is suitable for a wide range of people, including farmers, farm staff, care farmers, volunteers, advisers, carers and teachers. It helps you create a farm profile, find out about the health and safety regulations, as well as evaluate the success of your events.

6 November 2018

Farmers will have the opportunity to discuss the future of the dairy industry at a Q&A organised by the Scottish Dairy Hub at this year’s AgriScot on 21 November.

26 October 2018

Dairy farmers in Wales are being invited to apply for financial and technical support to improve herd health management and disease control, as part of the Dairy Improvement Programme.

19 October 2018

A lowering of RB209 phosphate offtake values for cereals could be justified, according to results from an AHDB-funded review.

15 October 2018

To develop the next generation of skilled farmers and growers, AHDB, NFU and industry employers have joined forces to set standards for three new apprenticeship schemes.

16 August 2019

In this article you will find a summary of dairy innovations seen across the world

25 September 2018

Average grass growth decreased slightly since last week by just over 3 kg DM/ha to 45.6 kg DM/ha, slightly lower than at the 47 kg DM/ha recorded at the same time last year.

19 September 2018

An industry coalition has united to kick-start a new skills strategy with the ambition to equip the agricultural workforce for the future of farming and invites new partners to join the group.

13 September 2018

AHDB has opened applications for its Professional Manager Development Scheme (PMDS) course, which will start in January 2019. The course is designed to increase the skills of farmers who manage people, enabling them to apply business intelligence from other sectors, improve communication and understanding, to raise the level of professionalism in the agricultural industry.

12 September 2018

Over 70 farmers and industry representatives attended the recent launch of AHDB’s first Strategic Dairy Farm in Scotland.

16 August 2019

Keeping dairy relevant

16 August 2019

Too good to be true? Consumers want to have their ice cream and eat it.

10 September 2018

British farmers and industry experts visited the Netherlands to learn how the country has reduced ammonia emissions by making changes on farm.

30 August 2018

Cross-sector export and trade conference with Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP discussing future government policy on trade

12 March 2019

This article looks at how the UK retail landscape has changed over the years to meet changing consumer needs.

12 March 2019

Two in five people are intending to increase the number of meals they cook from scratch. What's holding them back?

3 June 2019

AHDB and BBRO have issued a joint call for a review of weed management in UK cropping systems

16 November 2018

Vegans make up just two per cent of the UK population – but the appetite for meat and dairy alternatives is growing as more and more people look for a wider variety of meals

7 August 2018

Attention to detail is of paramount importance at Buscot Wick Farm, Oxfordshire where an autumn block calving system provides the simplicity they desire, allowing them to focus on producing the best milk they can in the most efficient way.

7 August 2018

Moving to twice a day delivery of fresh feed has increased milk production by 1.5 litres per cow for no extra cost at Chance Hall Farm in Cheshire managed by Tom and Karen Halton

6 August 2018

Agricultural organisations from England, Scotland and Wales are uniting in a new initiative which will see them work together to communicate the benefits of red meat in a balanced diet as part of a reinforced meat and health programme

2 October 2018

A successful 2019 grazing season starts now.

3 June 2019

A new online calculator has been launched this week which will allow farmers and growers to see for the first time how they may be affected by potential Brexit scenarios.

25 June 2018

Trade and investment officers from the Department for International Trade (DIT) export visit

4 June 2019

Is free-from here to stay?

12 March 2019

Dairy is a category that is rarely eaten on its own. This report looks at how consumer tastes for different host foods are evolving and where the biggest future opportunities for dairy products might lie.

16 August 2019

The organic market in the UK has been building momentum since 2015 and hit the £1 billion spend mark in the last 52 weeks.

25 June 2018

Reducing the age of first calving from 26 to 24 months can potentially save dairy farmers £300 per heifer

25 June 2018

AHDB Senior Veterinary Manager Mandy Nevel and AHDB International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley (front centre) host food safety specialists from the Ukraine at AHDB's headquarters

16 August 2019

Millennials love cheese, how do they like to eat it and what opportunities exist to build on this?

16 August 2019

A summary of key trends seen across food service menus Spring/Summer 2018

26 June 2018

More than three-quarters of farmers involved in AHDB’s Monitor Farm programme believe it has helped them improve their business, according to a new survey

26 June 2018

Creating a best practice guide to sharing farm data is the focus of a new consultation launched by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

20 August 2019

British adults are as worried about plastic waste as Brexit

3 June 2019

Britain is the winner when it comes to meal choices at restaurants and pubs in the UK – but it risks scoring an own goal if the foodservice industry doesn’t shake-up its offerings

26 June 2018

A first director for Scotland has been appointed by AHDB to ensure the needs of farmers, growers and stakeholders are best met

26 June 2018

The former Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been appointed as an independent member of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) main board

27 June 2018

UK farmers and growers will have access to more than 50 farmer-to-farmer learning events this summer

7 August 2018

Steady investment and targeted improvements by the Tucker family have turned Ditchetts Farm into a successful and profitable spring block calving operation

3 June 2019

Shoppers in the UK say they want to buy British food, but not at any cost - with research showing even a small rise in price could see a switch to buying imported alternatives

3 June 2019

Shoppers in the UK say they want to buy British food, but not at any cost - with research showing even a small rise in price could see a switch to buying imported alternatives

5 July 2019

Disruptive technologies have transformed the way we do business, the way we travel and how we access information and services

3 June 2019

We take a look at changing attitudes towards eating and what that means for the future

4 June 2019

The over-65 age range increased their visits to pubs and restaurants last year

23 July 2019

From 2 April 2018 all farmers in England will need to meet new government rules to protect water quality.

16 August 2019

Shoppers are concerned about the price of food - how could this affect consumer behaviour?

4 June 2019

A snapshot of online and convenience channels and their market share

16 August 2019

In an age of the time-poor consumer, fuelled by ready meals and hyper-convenience, there is still a strong urge for many to try cooking from scratch.

16 August 2019

How are consumers’ perceptions of fat and health changing?

7 August 2018

'...an open and honest view about its management and operation'

4 June 2019

Should the meat industry be concerned about flexitarians?

16 August 2019

What areas of the world do popular cuisines originate?

4 June 2019

Greater focus on the health benefits of beef, lamb and dairy could drive consumers to buy more, according to research conducted by AHDB.

4 June 2019

What's driving inflation, and how might the food supply chain be affected?

4 June 2019

The food-to-go industry is evolving and extending its scope. New ways of reaching consumers have been found and specific consumer needs are increasingly being met.

4 June 2019

Sentiment for British food is high, but could Brexit impact shoppers' choices?

4 June 2019

Times are good for sales in the organic sector. A report published by the Soil Association reveals organics in their fifth year of growth and although share of total grocery sales is small, the sector is worth over £2 billion. What are the market conditions driving this growth?

4 June 2019

Could the rapid growth of dairy alternatives impact the dairy market?

4 June 2019

Is free-from here to stay?