Bpex urges industry to bid for unique funding opportunity

Livestock industries have a “once-in-a-lifetime chance” to get a share of £90m government funding, according to Bpex.

The pig levy body said the money “is available to produce a game-change in UK agricultural science and the delivery of that science to producers”.

However Bpex explained that time was running out to access the Agritech Centres for Agricultural Innovation funding, as the opportunity to participate with other companies in the industry-led initiative had to be finalised by mid-March for the application to be submitted.

Andrew Knowles, Bpex head of technical, said: “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.”

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

Bpex added that an application for a share of the money to create a Livestock Centre was being drawn up and expressions of interest had already been sent in and accepted. “Our 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 the centre call Andrew Knowles 07771 911891.

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