THE GOVERNMENT has allocated £1m under the Agriculture Development Scheme to help the livestock and dairy sector adapt and prosper.

The ADS funds projects designed to help farmers and primary producers in England become more competitive and work together better through improved marketing.

The latest awards take the total amount in ADS grants since 2000 to almost £17m.

Junior DEFRA minister Lord Whitty said: “This money will go a long way to help dairy and livestock industries boost their profitability, competitiveness and long-term future.”

The grants were awarded to the Milk Development Council; Basco Data Ltd; Meadow Quality Ltd; Breeding Vision and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers.

The award to the Milk Development Council will create a national network of dairy best practice groups which will help dairy farmers develop business improvement plans.

Basco Data Ltd and Meadow Quality Ltd have been granted funds for projects that will help farmers breed – and the market recognise – higher quality livestock.

Breeding Vision will run a pilot project to meet retail needs by marketing a New Zealand composite breed of sheep.

AIMS have been granted funding to develop an accredited quality standard aimed at the small and medium abattoir sector.