BPEX appeals to industry to get involved and secure a share of £90 million

BPEX appeals to industry to get involved and secure a share of £90 million

According to BPEX the livestock industries have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a share of the Agritech Centres for Agricultural Innovation funding totalling £90 million – but time is running out for people to get involved.

The Government funding is available to produce a game-change in UK agricultural science and the delivery of that science to producers.

The opportunity to participate with other companies in this industry-led initiative has to be finalised by mid-March for the application to be submitted.

“We are looking to develop a final bid from genetics through to product evaluation and food safety for pigs, eggs, poultry, sheep, beef and dairy” says Andrew Knowles, head of technical for BPEX.

The opportunity would allow the industry to upgrade existing facilities and invest in essential new equipment to undertake world-class research in the UK to keep the industry ahead of the game.

Application for a share of this money to create a Livestock Centre is being drawn up and expressions of interest have already been sent in and accepted.

The application covers pre-competitive on-farm and post farm-gate research, succession training in skills for the future and Knowledge Exchange. BPEX’s plan also includes networks of applied demonstration and practical replication of trials through networks of the AHDB, vet groups, producer groups and within company trial farms.

To be part of this Centre please call Andrew Knowles 07771 911891 or Sam Hoste on 07981 961062.

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