AHDB levy rate increases in four sectors receive ministerial approval

Wednesday, 7 February 2024

Levy rate increases proposed by AHDB for the Beef & Lamb, Cereals & Oilseeds, Dairy and Pork sectors have received approval from Ministers in Defra and the devolved administrations.

The new rates will be implemented from April 2024 and allow us to maintain our focus on delivering the objectives set out in the Sector Plans, published in November 2022.

With no increase to the levy in the Beef & Lamb and Cereals & Oilseeds sectors for more than 10 years and no change in over 20 years for Dairy and Pork, the spending power of levy funds over the past decade has been reduced by up to 40%.

AHDB Chair Nicholas Saphir said:

"We are pleased Ministers have approved the proposals, which will ensure the levy continues to support the work AHDB has committed to prioritising for farmers and processors across all the sectors we serve.

"The new rates will allow us to enhance our key activity whether, for example, that involves growing export opportunities or exploring further marketing campaigns in the Beef & Lamb, Dairy and Pork sectors, as well as increasing our research offering to Cereals & Oilseeds producers.

"Levy payers can be assured that our commitment to helping them navigate through an unprecedented period of change for the industry is secure and we will continue to listen to their feedback to ensure we are delivering real value for money."

The Government has also agreed that Mr Saphir will serve a further 12 months as Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The extension to Mr Saphir’s appointment means he will remain in the role until 31 March 2025.

Approved changes to levy rates from April 2024

Beef & Lamb (levy rate last set in 2011)

Cattle (excluding calves)

  • Producer – £4.05 to £5.06/head of cattle
  • Slaughterer/exporter – £1.35 to £1.69/head of cattle


  • Producer – £0.08 to £0.10/head of cattle
  • Slaughterer/exporter – £0.08 to £0.10/head


  • Producer – £0.60 to £0.75/head of sheep
  • Slaughterer/exporter – £0.20 to £0.25/head of sheep

Cereals & Oilseeds (levy rate last set in 2011)

  • Cereal grower – 46p/tonne to 58p/t
  • Cereal processor (human/industrial) – 9.50p/t to 12p/t
  • Oilseeds – 75p/t to 94p/t
  • Cereal buyer – 3.80p/t to 4.80p/t 
  • Cereal processor (feed) – 4.60p/t to 5.80p/t

Dairy (levy rate set more than 20 years ago)

  • Dairy farmer – 0.06p/litre to 0.08p/l

Pork (levy rate last set in 1996)

  • Pig producer – £0.85 to £1.02
  • Pig processor – £0.20 to £0.24

Further information

Read our Sector Plans

Find out more about why the levy is being increased