The agriculture industry has around 150,000 businesses – that’s 6% of all UK businesses – and 660,000 employees. The industry includes livestock businesses such as managing dairy cows, cattle for beef, sheep for wool and lamb, pigs and poultry. It also includes managing crops, for example businesses who deal with wheat, oats, peas, oilseed rape and grass for your livestock.


What we do for you


As a business with an invested interest in this sector, we work hard to create opportunities for you to make the most of available training. After all, businesses who train their staff are two and a half times more likely to succeed than those who don’t.

By working together, we can:

• Give you the skills to meet the future challenges

• Make sure your people have the right skills to help business grow

• Help find funding that’s available for you

• Help you find the training and development you need

• Make your voice heard to the powers that be

• Help you keep your workplace safe.


How You Can Get Involved

There are so many ways you can get involved, anything from taking a short survey to discussing agriculture issues with others in the industry. Any time you can give will really help to make sure the agricultural livestock industry can be the best it can be.

Help Starting up your Agricultural Business

Have you just started in your business and become self-employed?

Got a lot of questions about Income Tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses?

If so, this e-learning course is for you. It explains and guides you through everything you need to know to get started. There are some useful tips from others who have been where you are now, just starting and needing some help.

View more information here

Industry Links

• National Association of Agricultural Contractors

• Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers

• National Beef Association

• National Sheep Association


• English Beef and Lamb Executive

• Home Grown Cereals Authority

• British Potato Council

• Horticulture Development Council

• National Farmers Union


• Landex

• National Federation of Young Farmers' Club

• British Wool Marketing Board

• Poultry People

• Sustainable Food

• Scottish Crofting Federation

• Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Association