Ask AHDB – Dairy Levy Increase Proposals

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TFF

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AHDB’s Dairy Sector Council would like your questions about proposals to improve services and deliver more by increasing levy rates from the start of the 2024/25 financial year.

Sector Chair Lyndon Edwards will be taking part in a Q and A session, responding to questions from levy payers, at AHDB’s ‘Funding Your Future’ livestream event on 9 November.

Lyndon is an experienced organic dairy, beef and arable farmer with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. He has a passion for sustainable agriculture and holds numerous industry roles.

You can find out details of the proposals for the Dairy Sector here: Funding Your Future 2023 – Dairy | AHDB

The Sector Council are proposing an increase in levy rates to:
  • Increase consumer marketing campaigns
  • Increase education work with schools
  • Highlight the low environmental impact of Dairy production
  • Stimulate more export demand to grow overseas sales
The Dairy Live Q and A session will start at 12:00 GMT on 9 November. Any questions not responded to on the day will be answered after the event and shared in this thread.

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Chris F

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We’re working with AHDB to get as many questions from farmers regarding the proposed levy increases in each of the 4 sectors. As per the Defra Q&A threads we have run before, these will run with the same aims. This thread is only for questions, all commentary will be deleted.

Please read all the questions and use the upvote or downvote buttons to indicate which questions you agree with as opposed to asking the same question twice. This will allow AHDB to understand which questions are most important to farmers.

The thread is open for questions now and will close at midnight on Tuesday 7th November. The Q and A’s are being held on the 9th November and the AHDB are aiming to answer all questions on the thread after the event if they aren’t covered in the live Q and A. The livestream will be included in this thread and also ran in the header of this section on the 9th November.

Please take some time to read the information relevant to your sector and then ask your questions below.
 

sjt01

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Mixed Farmer
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North Norfolk
As all the useful functions that DairyCo used to do are now carried out by our milk buyer/cooperative, and our excellent local representative has now left, I see no justification for a levy funded body. What are you doing that the likes of Arla and Muller are not doing, which might justify a levy at the existing level, let alone an increased levy?
 

Hesstondriver

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Huntingdon
question :
We are seeing reviews in to the RT assurance for Grains and cereals, when can we expect similar levels of burden reduction within Dairy sector ?

How quickly could the requirement for RT Dairy Farms required to be RT for beef be removed?

Does the ADHB fully understand the connection between uk feed mills requiring all grain to be RT and the knock on cost consequence to the UK livestock sector including Dairy?

@Chris F Feel free to consolidate and or paraphrase , but i think you'll guess the theme !

edited to make them leading questions ;)
 
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sjt01

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Mixed Farmer
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North Norfolk
question :
We are seeing reviews in to the RT assurance for Grains and cereals, when can we expect similar levels of burden reduction within Dairy sector ?

How quickly could the requirement for RT Dairy Farms required to be RT for beef be removed?

Does the ADHB fully understand the connection between uk feed mills requiring all grain to be RT and the knock on cost consequence to the UK livestock sector including Dairy?

@Chris F Feel free to consolidate and or paraphrase , but i think you'll guess the theme !

edited to make them leading questions ;)
Arla farmers should also get an answer to why Red Tractor is needed when Arlagarden is so much more relevant.
 

Hesstondriver

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Huntingdon
Arla farmers should also get an answer to why Red Tractor is needed when Arlagarden is so much more relevant.
So the question to Adhb here should be :

why do you continue to endorse RT when the supply chain has its own bespoke accreditation?

or

how much longer are you going to continue to endorse RT when the supply chain has its own bespoke accreditation?
 

Chris F

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Hammerwich
A reminder that this thread will close for questions at midnight tonight (Tuesday) but you can continue to upvote and downvote as that helps AHDB organise the questions for answers and what farmers most want to know.

Hit "watch" to make sure to get a notification when the AHDB start answering the questions (button at the top of this page).
 
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