It’s only with the support of our members, that we can bring significant change in agri-food. We seek to match the unique capabilities of our members with other partners to pioneer technology in the real-world and drive innovation.
Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university, creating leaders in technology and management. We work closely with business, industry and government across the world. Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we work with over 1,500 companies and organisations. We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. The Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.
Harper Adams University
Harper Adams University is the leading specialist university tackling the future development of our planet’s food production, processing, animal sciences, engineering, land management and sustainable business. Harper Adams University is doing this by delivering high quality teaching and applied research for the agri-food and rural sector.
The creation of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) took place in 2012 by merging SAC (the Scottish Agricultural College) with three respected partners (Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges). SRUC exists to deliver comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services is of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy-makers. Competing demands and addressing new opportunities means the future for land-based industries will be extremely challenging. The next generation of business leaders and policy makers will need to be highly skilled and knowledgeable to navigate their way through a complex operating environment. To achieve this, we will support land-based communities and industries by drawing on our accomplished history of more than a century of success. Strong in our heritage, yet stronger still as SRUC, we will strive to lead the way in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits while providing a strong voice for our rural industries.
The James Hutton Institute
The James Hutton Institute is a well-respected and globally recognised research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources. It undertakes research for customers including the Scottish and UK Governments, the EU and other organisations worldwide. The James Hutton Institute operates a commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited, which provides competitive advantage through science and technology, including consultancy and analytical services for research and commercial purposes. The Institute takes its name from the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment scientist, James Hutton, who is widely regarded as the founder of modern geology and who was also an experimental farmer and agronomist.
University of Edinburgh
As a truly global university, rooted in Scotland’s capital city, the University of Edinburgh aims to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world, delivering impact for society. We discover, develop and share knowledge. The Roslin Institute is a world-leading institute for animal research. Our aim is to enhance the lives of animals and humans through world class research in animal biology.
University of Lincoln
The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) as part of the University of Lincoln, aims to support and enhance productivity. Efficiency and sustainability in food and farming, through research, education and technology. LIAT brings together sector leading expertise in a diverse range of subjects, from agri-robotics to zoology. LIAT researchers are engaged in the development of technologies which add value or solve challenges across the food chain, ‘from farm to fork’, working with partners in industry and academia, locally, nationally and internationally. LIAT utilises the exceptional facilities across our three campuses in Lincolnshire delivering the world class research and higher-level skills the UK’s agri-food industries need now and in the future.
University of Nottingham
Future Food is one of the University of Nottingham’s Beacons of Excellence, established as part of an unprecedented and exciting investment in research and people.
University of Sussex
The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton. We have both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services.
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalising rural communities.
Beta Bugs makes better insects. Specifically, we are insect breeders. We create high performance insect genetics for the insects as protein sector using proven biotech and breeding strategies. Our current focus is on the Black Soldier Fly and it’s use as an animal feed, with a mission of doubling this industry’s productivity, enabling it to compete on price point with commoditised feed ingredients. In the long-term we will create the breeds of insects that will feed, fuel and supply the world’s growing livestock and human population.
The AgriTech Recruitment Company
Unearthing the Talent to Feed the World
As the AgriFood space becomes increasingly technology driven, organisations in this sector are suddenly faced with the challenge of recruiting specialists from other domains to drive their visions forward – Software Developers, Data Magicians, AI Specialists, Engineers, Scientists, Commercial staff with specific knowledge areas and more. Combining a background in tech recruitment with in-depth knowledge of the Agri world, we specialise in supporting such companies when it comes to finding & attracting these hard-to-find technical and commercial professionals, permanent and contract. Whether you’re an innovator in the AgriFood space seeking specialists to join your organisation, or an individual looking for your next career move in this arena, we’d love to hear from you.
Anthony Furness & Associates Ltd
Anthony Furness & Associates Ltd is a consultancy firm based on science and engineering research matters concerning agriculture and food security, with particular interests in electromagnetic interaction with biological systems. Anthony Furness has been a visiting Professor at Harper Adams University since 2012.
Catax are specialists in a number of areas of business tax relief, specifically Research and Development Tax Relief, Patent Box Tax Relief and Capital Allowances Tax Relief.
Our research shows that very few businesses in the Agriculture and Agri-Tech sectors are aware of the ability of R & D Tax Relief to help fund future innovation or the often significant sums of money available to them.
With over 10 years experience in specialist tax relief we ensure that you maximise your claim so that you receive either a cash refund or a reduction in your future tax liability, leaving you more funds to invest in your business.
Farm Africa reduces poverty in eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. They work in DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural areas.
They help farmers increase their harvests, build their incomes and sustain natural resources, partnering with governments and the private sector to find effective ways to fight poverty.
Westpoint Vet Group
At Westpoint Farm Vets we aim to provide the highest level of specialist farm veterinary service to keepers of food producing animals. To have a dedicated team of farm vets working in partnership with farmers offering our clients a range of benefits that will have a direct and positive impact on the profitability and efficiency of their farm, and the health and welfare of their animals.
Wyoming is a digital consultancy providing research, design, software engineering and data analysis to Medical, Veterinary, Agritech and Life Science organisations across the UK, Europe and North America. We have a wealth of experience in Animal Health, Veterinary and Agritech support. Our work includes consumer, veterinarian and producer-based digital initiatives to introduce new products & services, rethink propositions and drive demand, improve regimen adherence, enhance search tools and product selectors as well as clinical trials data management support. Two areas we specialise in are:
- Data science – transforming data sources into actionable information; wrangling complex data sets and gathering insight from these, normally in the form of visual decision-making tools such as dashboards.
- User Interface and Experience Design – turning complex requirements into slick interfaces for users at every experience level to engage, query and transact across a range of devices.
Vault IP is a UK based, boutique intellectual property law firm, created to provide a high quality ‘big firm’ service to our clients at ‘small firm’ fees. Our Chartered UK and European IP attorneys have a wealth of experience across engineering, manufacturing, materials and technology making us well placed to support the IP needs of agri-tech firms.
Please get in touch if you are looking for expert advice on securing protection for your trade marks, registering your designs, and filing patents to protect your inventions.
Engineering / Manufacturing
We are a group in innovators. Our vision is clear and simple – to transform ideas into commercial solutions.
We unlock opportunities and delivery results quickly. Our explosive and highly effective approach to problem solving is underpinned by our people – a close knit team of highly motivated, enthusiastic, and talented engineers, industrial designers and model-makers.
We have a bank of experience that enable us to iterate rapidly and deliver award-winning product designs and engineering outcomes for many sectors from: agriculture, life science, energy, consumer product, food and drink and aerospace.
We have a breadth of expertise which allied to our depth of engineering rigour produces winning results.
Agriculture is an area where we have built up an enviable track record of success.
Alltech Farming Solutions UK
We work hand in hand with feed, farm and food businesses to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through smart nutrition and scientific innovation. We are a family-owned and family-operated organisation with nearly 40 years of experience. Our 6,000-strong team spans more than 120 countries around the world and shares our vision of sustaining and nourishing the planet.
Aqua Innovation Ltd (AI) is a business specialising in the design and development of innovative solutions for the salmon farming industry.
Our objective is to give farmers the best environment to grow their fish. We have detailed knowledge and understanding of the aquaculture sector and the challenges faced by fish farmers including fish welfare and regulatory/environmental issues.
Through this we aim to find innovative solutions to combat these issues resulting in the opportunity to drive the growth of the sector forward.
AI are currently developing two separate systems with the aim of tackling waste management issues in the industry:
- A waste capture system able to be retro-fitted to existing salmon pens which will capture the waste (primarily food waste and faeces) as it drops out of the water column.
- A floating concrete contained aquaculture pen (Sea CAP) for growing salmon smolts up to harvest weight in a controlled environment.
Aqualife is a global leader in fish care and vaccination services. They work with clients around the world to deliver a range of professional services to the aquaculture industry. More recently they have created an engineering arm to the company developing technological solutions to aquaculture and agriculture challenges.
Cambridge Consultants is a leading global innovator for product development, engineering and technology consulting.
Working from their laboratories in Cambridge, UK, and Boston, USA, the team have all the in-house skills and facilities needed to help their clients develop novel product concepts and roadmaps, from initial idea through to volume production.
They’re not content in creating me-too products that make incremental change; their focus lies in helping companies break barriers, to achieve the seemingly impossible. They work with some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies as well as some of the smallest, most innovative start-ups who want to change the status quo fast.
CLAAS UK is responsible for the distribution and supply of all CLAAS machinery and parts in England, Scotland and Wales. It is important, therefore, to be very close to our customer. Our approach therefore, is a personal one with openness and trust shown to all our customers and dealers. In addition, we have one Harvest Centre in Bury St. Edmunds to provide “close-to-customer” service and parts support. The CLAAS dealer network today covers the entire country with 80 outlets specialising in Tractors and Green Harvest machines, with certain key dealers also specialising in the full range of CLAAS equipment including self-propelled Harvesting machinery. All dealers are trained to consult closely on every new machine purchase, to ensure that we are offering the correct package to our customer including the lowest cost harvesting solution, matched to a MAXICARE service contract where necessary, with excellent parts support.
Crover is centered around the commercialisation of the first ever technology for locomotion in bulk solids (e.g. sand, grains, powders). Crover’s first product is a small robotic device able to ‘swim’ through cereal grains stored in bulk (e.g. in sheds or silos) and monitor their condition. This helps grain-storekeepers identify critical conditions early and maintain the quality of their stock.
Denis Brinicombe Group
Denis Brinicombe Group are an animal nutrition manufacturing company focused on improving animal health and production through innovative applied nutrition solutions.
We work across various species enterprises including ruminant, poultry, equine, aqua, swine and game. Our UK manufacturing plants supply the domestic UK and Ireland market as well as globally to 6 continents.
Our internal R&D team focus is to utilise plant based compounds alongside traditional nutritional inputs to maximise output while reducing the reliance of antibiotics and chemical inputs.
As a primary manufacturer we take our technologies and apply them to various product lines to best suit the situation for the end user such as free, access, in water, premix or direct options.
Envirosystems (UK) Ltd
Envirosystems is a British family business which produces cutting-edge solutions for farmers, including recycled, hygienic livestock bedding, industry leading biological slurry and silage additives, and skin-friendly teat dips.
GaleBreaker Agri Ltd
Galebreaker products are at the forefront in natural ventilation and protection of Agricultural Buildings. Many years of experience have enabled us to develop a range of environmental weather screen systems which provide ideal housing conditions for healthy, productive livestock. Our systems provide variable ventilation, protection and light for the ideal environment. They also meet legislation requirements for keeping birds out of crop storage buildings and for milking parlours. For more than 30 years Galebreaker has designed and manufactured ventilation systems from our purpose-built factory in the UK. Our systems are designed to optimise natural ventilation for all types of livestock housing using the latest fabric and access technology to enhance housing conditions. Our products are based on strong, long lasting PVC coated fabrics with in-built UV protection. They can transmit light, enhance natural ventilation and at the same time protect against the worst weather conditions 365 days a year.
GEA has led the way in providing innovative solutions for farms around the globe since 1926. With their total solutions approach, they offer everything from milk collection and storage, (automatic) feeding systems, manure management, barn equipment, youngstock solutions including integrated farm (dairy) management tools, as well as sophisticated service concepts. From single products to complete integrated dairy systems, their state-of-the-art technology is developed and manufactured according to the latest guidelines and certified quality standards. GEA is an expert and reliable partner to dairy farmers around the globe, helping them to manage their future successfully and sustainably.
Established in November 1993, GRIMME UK is a sales and service subsidiary of the GRIMME brand, known for its potato, beet and vegetable equipment. Originally, GRIMME UK was set up to provide support to an existing dealer network throughout the UK mainland, but now works both in collaboration with a dealer network and in some areas directly with customers through GRIMME’s retail outlets in Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Scotland. The development of these sites has allowed GRIMME to offer a market leading service and parts back-up, something the company prides itself on. At its core, GRIMME UK aims to be an integral partner to every grower in the root crop and vegetable sector.
GRIMME UK is dedicated to supporting its customer requirements through its network in the UK offering innovative equipment and market leading service and parts back-up
Imaging Development Systems GmbH (IDS)
IDS stands for high-performance industrial cameras which open up new application areas for future-oriented image processing tasks in the field of agriculture. This includes, for example, plant growth monitoring, weed detection or the recognition of certain object conditions (e.g. whether containers are filled with or without soil).Three different product lines enable a limitless spectrum of applications: small, robust and easy-to-use cameras with different interfaces (USB, Gigabit Ethernet), powerful 3D cameras and cameras with artificial intelligence (AI). The latter are available as a particularly user-friendly end-to-end solution to create AI-based imaging applications in just a few steps. It requires neither special knowledge in deep learning nor camera programming. This makes it very easy to get started with AI-based image processing.
John Deere Ltd
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.
Robots that help farms grow.
Muddy Machines is developing small robots that help farmers with
labour-intensive field tasks, providing reliable access to ‘mechanical labour’ and
enabling a more sustainable future for farming.
Proteon UK Ltd
We use precision biology for microbiome protection to improve animal and human health, increasing environmental sustainability and eliminating the unnecessary use of antibiotics.
Our first product, BAFASAL® , is a feed additive that prevents and eliminates salmonella on the poultry farm. Our first aquaculture product, BAFADOR® , a feed additive prevents and eliminates opportunistic infections in the aquaculture pen while enhancing immune function. All of our products are designed so that in addition to their functional benefits they enhance on-farm productivity and increase the environmental sustainability of livestock production. All our products are organic.
Established over 140 years ago, supplying products to the Agricultural Industry, Ritchie has developed into a global supplier of high-quality products and services to a wide range of industries. Today Ritchie has state of the art, modern manufacturing facilities in Scotland, England and China. Ritchie customers are as diverse as our products, including multi-national blue-chip organisations as well as small independents. Products are delivered worldwide including the North Sea, Europe, West Africa, Caspian Sea, North & South America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.
SEM Energy Ltd
SEM Energy Ltd (SEM) is a solution focused, technology development company based in Aberdeen, Scotland, with a mission to minimize the impact of waste to the environment and create value from its waste co-products, contributing to the achievement of the circular economy. “Act Today. Save Tomorrow.” is the company’s philosophy. They are fully aware of the global waste and water problems and they believe that they have the capability to solve these now. Their drive is to share their beliefs on sustainability and to create an alliance that can enhance awareness of the global issues as well as to turn this into an opportunity to create sub-economies and wealth for future generations.
SmaXtec is a globally unique monitoring system that continuously monitors heat, calving, health status and feeding using unrivalled data
from within your cows. Providing you with valuable information on your cows’ health, reproductive status and feeding. With the unique smaXtec bolus technology you monitor your cows continuously and have all your cows in your pocket – no matter where and when.
UPL Provides crop solutions to support agriculture. Using our expertise in manufacturing, technology, formulation and registration UPL have developed an unequaled range of cost‐effective solutions. Our vision is to be an icon for growth, technology and innovation. Our mission Change the game ‐ to make every single food product more sustainable.
Managing resources, minimising cost, and maximising yields are at the heart of modern agriculture.
Wyld Networks provide low-cost, flexibly deployed, network infrastructure that ensures the transmission of data from sensors to farmers over long distances in often remote locations, where cellular coverage can be poor.
Wyld connects sensors and smart devices seamlessly to deliver data straight to a phone, tablet or PC.
Utilising wirelessly connected sensors, farmers can instantly collect data on soil temperature and moisture, pollution levels, weather conditions and rainfall, crop growth, livestock conditions, location data and more.
Using Wyld’s scalable mesh and low-power networking capabilities, farmers can implement solutions to increase their productivity, reduce risk and improve safety for workers, as well as control systems and equipment throughout an operation.
Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways. Building on more than 65 years of experience, we deliver quality medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, complemented by genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant.
Farmer / Land Manager
Angus Growers Ltd
Angus Growers Ltd is a soft fruit producer organisation based in Arbroath on the East Coast of Scotland, in the heart of the traditional Scottish berry growing area. The company is owned and managed by 18 growers, the majority in Angus, Perthshire and Fife, who grow a variety of fruits and other crops; we market their strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries. They specialise in producing fresh fruit for the major supermarkets, shops, restaurants and food and drinks manufacturers.
At present, Bardsley England grows 23k tonnes of fruit annually from 24 sites across 820ha of land which stands the business as one of the largest top fruit producers in the UK. The growing side is just one of the compliments of this group; a state of the art packhouse handles 35,000 tonnes of fruit per year. With the two businesses combined to bring a vertically integrated supply chain to customers, the key focus has become sustainability, environment and eliminating food waste, which is why they have turned their full attention to Ag Tech and applying it to their business. Developing an onsite, fully incubated Ag Tech arm within Bardsley England will enable to group to tackle some huge ambitions in paving the way for automated, regenerative agriculture. With the implementation of digital receptors, they will create feedback loops in order to generate intelligence. It is this intelligence which will aid the elimination of uncertainty within agriculture and in turn not only enable growers to produce fruit more efficiently but deliver a more nutritious product to the consumer.
Borders Estate was formed in September 2018 following the merger of the Eskdale & Liddesdale and Bowhill Estates.
Its 127,000 acres stretch from the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys in the Scottish Borders, running almost continuously into Dumfries and Galloway and to the England Scotland Border.
Cold Harbour Farm
We are a 300 hectare family run farm on the Yorkshire Wolds. The Dunning family have farmed in the area since 1770 and at Cold Harbour since 1889.
In 1993 Cold Harbour became a LEAF demonstration farm with the aim of demonstrating that intensive agriculture is consistent with caring for the environment.
The organic Eastbrook Farm covers some 1500 acres, in a long thin strip running from the top of the Marlborough Downs down to the heavy clay land of the Vale of the White Horse. We may be only half a mile wide, but it’s five miles from top to bottom. With the ancient trail of the Ridgeway dissecting the farm, and lots of footpaths too, it’s a great place to walk, ride and cycle across wonderful countryside, with heaps of wild flora and fauna, and all our fabulous livestock to admire too.
Elveden aims to be a world-class producer and purveyor of local and regional food excellence. Our reputation for wildlife conservation, in harmony with our farming practices, make Elveden an obvious choice for food with a unique story.
Frog Mary Green Farm
Our farm is an award winning arable & poultry farm in a wonderful setting in the South Somerset countryside. Having started from a green field site, we have spent the last twenty years growing and diversifying into the business we currently run, although never ones to sit still, we will always have plans to change and grow.
We offer a diverse range of farming & business operations, all of which are intrinsically linked by the same ethos – respect for the environment and sustainable activity. The farm is host to various events throughout the year that aim to educate, entertain and enlighten guests. There really is something for everyone at Frogmary Green Farm and plenty that will provide some food for thought.
Godminster Farm is set on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bruton in the heart of Somerset. The farm was registered organic in 1999 by our owner Richard Hollingbery whose environmentally friendly and ethical approach to farming meant organic was the only way. With 1300 acres of beautiful landscape, the farm not only homes 280 organic dairy cows but also boasts fruitful orchards filled with a variety of delicious fruits and herbs which are used as inspiration for many of the Godminster products.
The cows at Godminster Farm enjoy a simple and wholesome life and as a result produce a deliciously creamy milk. The freshness of the milk and the sustainable approach to farming is a major contributor to the delicious and distinctive taste of our award-winning Godminster cheese and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
‘Kaiapoi’ is Maori meaning ‘food over water’. We have imported Romney Rams from New Zealand to create the ultimate outdoor lambing ewe for the UK climate.
Rob and Jo Hodgkins set up Kaiapoi in 2013 with 200 ewes on 60 rented acres of grass. They have driven the business forward hard and now run 2250 ewes across 1000ac semi improved grassland and solar panels and farm 1600ac of arable crops around North Hertfordshire.
Kettle Produce Ltd
Kettle Produce Ltd was established in 1985 by two farming families from Fife, Scotland. They have a vast experience in vegetable production and have been growing in partnership since 1976.
There are now over 50 farmers growing in partnership with Kettle Produce Ltd. They supply a range of products that support the four main categories of the business. They are roots, Brassicas, salads and prepared vegetables.
The supply of vegetables from Kettle Produce Ltd isn’t confined to Scotland. In 2003, Kettle Produce Espána SL was formed as a joint venture based in Murcia, Spain. There are also several strategic supply partnerships with major growers in England, France, Spain and Portugal. In total, there are over 6,000 hectares of crops grown across the UK and Continental Europe.
Kettle Produce Ltd has two main sites of production, Balmalcolm and Orkie which are located two miles apart. The Balmalcolm site operations include Brassicas, salads and prepared vegetables and is also the centre for the administrative function. The Orkie site incorporates all root washing, grading and packing.
Mackie’s Westertown Farm
Home to Mackie’s of Scotland is Westertown Farm, a 1600 acre farm in Aberdeenshire, where the wind, land and cows help produce fresh milk and power for the business – including the byre, ice cream dairy and chocolate factory.
This has become our “Sky to Scoop” process for making Ice cream where the wind provides power for the farm that grows the crops to feed the cows who make the milk (and cream) to make Mackie’s ice cream. It’s a wonderful environment and we’re committed to keeping it that way, both visually and by adopting ‘green’ working practices.
Mountfair Farming is an agri-business specialising in contract farming & farm management services in the Scottish Borders & North Northumberland.
Our aim is to maximise income, increase long term productivity and sustainability for the landowners whilst using a sustainable and environmental approach.
Overbury Farms is Cotswold arable farm with sheep on Bredon Hill on the Worcestershire Gloucestershire borders.
Part of family owned Overbury Enterprises, the farm covers 1,565 hectares and surrounds the picturesque villages of Overbury and Conderton.
RAU Manor Farm
Incorporating a range of different farming systems, our farms demonstrate a mix of enterprises run on a commercial basis.
The University farms are based at two locations in close proximity to the campus. Coates Manor Farm and Harnhill Manor Farm total 491 hectares in size (1,200 acres), and offer very different farming systems. There is also an equine enterprise providing a stabling and livery facility at Fossehill Farm. All the enterprises are run on a commercial basis, and our students benefit through access to their physical and financial data.Coates Manor Farm is predominantly arable cropped, with some pasture land supporting the equine activity.
We currently grow feed and milling wheat, oilseed rape and spring malting barley.
Shimpling Park Farm
The family have farmed here for four generations, and since 1999 we have farmed organically for our family as well as helping like minded neighbouring farmers who share our passion for soils, the countryside and naturally good food. With a motivated and enthusiastic team we aim to farm leaving our soil in good heart for future generations.
Upper Nisbet Farm
The Neill family took on the tenancy of Upper Nisbet in May 2000. They run 300 Limousin-cross cows on 438ha. They farm 242ha of cereals, and all progeny from the suckler herd are finished on home-grown fodder and sold live throughout the year mostly to local butchers.
- Abbey Farm
- Barnburgh Grange
- Bielgrange Farm
- Conon Brae Farms
- Enfield Farm
- Logierieve Farm
- Luncarty Farm
- Maiden Castle Farm
- Parkend Farm
- Steanbow Farm
- Stratton Farm
- Yatesbury House Farm
Industry Representative Body
Agriculture Horticulture and Development Board (AHDB)
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain to help the industry succeed in a rapidly changing world. We want to create a world-class food and farming industry, inspired by and competing with the best. Our purpose is to make our agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity.
Black Country Growth Hub
The Black Country LEP Growth Hub is the first point of contact for any query from any business in the four local authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We put you in touch with the relevant business support providers who will be able to help with your query. Growth Hubs are funded by central government to provide a free and impartial signposting service for businesses.
CENSIS is the industry-led Innovation Centre for the economically important and highly diverse domain of Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and their applications. We are one of eight Innovation Centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The common aim of Scotland’s Innovation Centres is to help businesses large and small increase the pace of innovation – and, in turn, help the Scottish economy to prosper.
Innovation for Agriculture
Innovation for Agriculture connects farmers with farming research. They work with leading agricultural researchers, businesses, landowners, and farmers to develop the knowledge and technologies that will make modern farming more sustainable, resilient and productive. Specific areas of interest include precision livestock farming, antimicrobial reduction and soil and water.
Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is a professional membership organisation with grades for all those working, or with an interest in, engineering, science and technology within agriculture and the environment. A registered charity working for the public benefit, IAgrE brings together academics, practitioners and industry to share knowledge and promote professionalism in the advancement and application of technology in the land based sector.
Intertek is a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Through jts global network of state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading technical expertise they provide innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification services to customers.
Intertek provide a systemic approach to supporting its customers’ quality assurance efforts in areas including: R&D, raw materials sourcing, components suppliers, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and retail channels, consumer management and agricultural commodities.
Intertek’s teams are also able to assess batteries and energy storage systems from button cells through multi-megawatt stationary installations and everything in between.
They can ensure that your electrical and mechanical products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. And hold the expertise to provide seamless support across a global network of linked and agri-dedicated offices.
Intertek can provide innovative solutions, wherever you are, worldwide.
Knowledge Transfer Network
Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is Innovate UK’s network partner. We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines deep knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. We help business to strengthen the economy and improve people’s lives by capturing maximum value from innovative ideas, scientific research and creativity. We are Innovate UK’s network partner. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential collaborations, horizon-expanding events, bespoke support and innovation insights relevant to your needs. We also work with a variety of other partners to contribute to UK growth through innovation.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. We work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.
Medicines Discovery Catapult
We are a national facility connecting the UK community to accelerate innovative drug discovery. Funded by Innovate UK, an agency of the UK government, we are an independent not-for-profit company. We bring together a fragmented sector of industry, academia, charities, technologists, services, finance companies, SMEs and start-ups. Together we turn good science into new, high-value products and services that are used to improve productivity across the sector.
Milk Suppliers Association Ltd
The Milk Suppliers Association (MSA) is a Co-operative made up of 131 dairy farmers based throughout South West Scotland that supply approximately 210 million litres of milk per annum to a creamery in Stranraer owned by Lactalis. Lactalis is a leading global dairy business and the largest European milk processor. The creamery at Stranraer produces a range of cheddar cheeses under the brands Seriously Strong, Galloway and McLelland. Cheese is also supplied to retailers for their individual own label brands.
National Farmers Union
Today, the NFU is the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture with members covering two-thirds of the agricultural land in England and Wales. You can rest assured that the NFU will continue to be champions of British agriculture with the same conviction and passion we have shown during the last century.
At NFU Mutual, we do things differently. We take the time to understand the needs of our customers, offering personal face-to-face service through more than 300 local branches. And, because we’re a mutual, the people that matter to us most are our customers. When we started in 1910, our aim was to encourage farmers around Stratford-upon-Avon into the newly established farming union through cost price insurance. Before long, the business expanded beyond its Midlands home, establishing branches across the United Kingdom. As farming diversified, so did we. Growing beyond agricultural insurance we used our life assurance, investments and pensions expertise to provide individuals and businesses with our renowned customer service. Today, our people continue to build relationships with their local communities, taking the time to understand their individual needs so that we can offer the insurance cover appropriate to them.
We are the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS). We are Scotland’s experts on co-operative and collaborative strategies, structures and management. We provide a comprehensive range of development and consultancy services, supported by The Scottish Government.
Satellite Applications Catapult
We are a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, the Satellite Applications Catapult works with businesses, researchers, investors and end-users to develop new satellite-based products, services and applications, translating ideas from concept to market. We achieve this through our international, multi-disciplined team consisting of scientists, Earth observation experts, analysts, designers, project managers, developers and domain experts. A background in the space or satellite sectors is not essential. But if you want to be part of our dynamic mix of staff which is helping the UK capture 10% of the £400Bn global space market predicted by 2030, we want to hear from you! We want you to benefit from the world-class facilities and the amazing team we have at our disposal and help us continue achieving great things.
Scottish Pig Producers
Scottish Pig Producers is a co-operative that markets pigs for its 110 dedicated farmer members and forms an essential part of the supply chain to Scotland and Northern Ireland’s pig processors and UK retailers. Established in 1979, the group is focused on quality of service to producer & processor and has a track record of pioneering new product lines working closely with supply chain partners.
The Soil Association Charity was formed in 1946 to pioneer a better world – one where we can all farm, eat and live healthily in balance with the environment. Today, we’re still dedicated to making positive change happen through our charity. We’re farming, growing, buying, cooking and eating. We’re campaigning, lobbying and certifying. We’re running research programmes that pave the way for change. And we’re inspiring millions of people to take their own step towards a sustainable future. Through our trading subsidiary, Soil Association Certification, we work with over 6,000 businesses – including farmers, growers, foresters, caterers, food processors and manufacturers. The way these businesses operate achieves real change in the world – they farm without chemicals, make and serve healthier food, and educate their customers.
The Douglas Bomford Trust Ltd
The objective of the Trust is to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, and competence in the application of engineering and technology to achieve sustainable agricultural, food and biological systems for the benefit of the environment and mankind.
2 Sisters Food Group
We are one of British business’s most compelling success stories of the past 20 years. More than 23,000 colleagues drawn from 36 nationalities help to make a mind-boggling array of some of the finest food in Britain at over 40 manufacturing sites – from pizza to pies, from poultry to puddings, from ready meals to ranges of soup. We started out from very humble beginnings in the early 1990s, and from there 2 Sisters has grown to become one of the leading food manufacturing companies in Europe, producing great quality, great value food. We have a strong UK presence in poultry, red meat, chilled and frozen food categories, as well as being a ‘big brand’ favourite with Fox’s Biscuits and Goodfella’s Pizza. We are also committed to delivering the highest quality products to the British public and to our retail and food service customers. Our customers include Aldi, Asda, Co-op, KFC, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
AB Agri Ltd
AB Agri is a £1.2 billion animal nutrition and agricultural services business, part of Associated British Foods. We operate across the agri-food supply chain from research to retailer, straddling high performance compound feeds and feed co-products from the food, drink and biofuels industries, feed micro-ingredients, analytical and consultancy services, livestock and poultry marketing. AB Agri began in 1984, working with British Sugar to take bi product from sugar factories and convert it into nutritious and cost-effective animal feed. The business has rapidly expanded through acquisition, technological expertise, nutritional innovation and market development. AB Agri now employs more than 3,000 people and supplies products and services to farmers, feed and food manufacturers, processors, and retailers selling products in more than 70 countries.
AJ & RG Barber Ltd
AJ & RG Barber Ltd have been making farmhouse cheddar in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833. Milk is supplied from the Barber’s home farms, plus 140 family dairy farms from across Somerset and Dorset. In addition to the Ditcheat processing facility, Barbers also process milk at their site at Ford Farms, Dorset. Barbers have built on their long heritage to develop a range of authentic farmhouse cheeses that are marketed in the UK and exported across the world. Barbers are proud sponsors of the Agri-EPI Centre and purchase the milk from this ground-breaking facility.
Bakkavor Foods Ltd
Bakkavor Group is a leading provider in the fresh prepared food market, specialising in developing private label products for top global grocery retailers and well-known international foodservice operators. In the UK, our customers include some of the UK’s best-known grocery retailers including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons, who sell our products to consumers under their respective retailer brands. We also have operations in the US and China, supplying fresh prepared food products to both retail and foodservice customers and a procurement office in Spain.
Potatoes are our business…and have been since we opened our doors way back in 1968. With sites in Lincoln, Scotland and the South West, we work with some of the country’s most progressive growers to make sure we always bring our customers Britain’s best potato crop. It’s made us a leader in our field. Today, this privately-owned company boasts excellent financial performance year on year, with high levels of investment. We’ve enjoyed considerable success and not just in our core business of fresh potatoes; we’re now making a significant impact in providing innovative, high quality prepared vegetable products. So it’s not surprising that we attract talented people who help us to help our customers grow, wherever they are in the country.
Davidson Brothers (Shotts) Limited
Davidsons are committed to providing their customers with safe, sustainable and high-quality animal feed to add value to their businesses. They are a family business and it is important to them that they provide a safe and rewarding workplace for their team. They are dedicated to delivering excellence in our Customer Service, High Quality Feeds, Product Innovation, Investment within People and Partnerships with Customers & Suppliers.
Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd
At Dawnfresh we’re renowned for salmon, and especially our trout, but we do a lot more. We pride ourselves on the best quality fish and seafood products. We farm, process, innovate and add value. We work with the best retailers in the UK, and export to markets across the globe.
ED&F Man Liquid Products UK
ED&F Man Liquid Products UK is the leading supplier of molasses and liquid products for animal feed, fermentation and other industrial uses. The organisation specializes in the sourcing, shipping, storage and distribution of molasses, molasses blends and liquid products. Innovation, efficient logistics, quality control and service, makes ED&F Man Liquid Products the number one choice in the bulk supply of molasses blends and related liquid products to feed manufacturers, farmers and industrial users.
ForFarmers (Lochem, the Netherlands) is an internationally operating feed company that offers Total Feed solutions for conventional and organic livestock farming. ForFarmers gives its very best “For the Future of Farming”: for the continuity of farming and for a financially secure sector. By working side-by-side with farmers ForFarmers delivers real benefits: better returns, healthier livestock and greater efficiency.
Our vision is to be the first choice for innovative high-quality feed and livestock products, focused on improving animal performance and customer profitability. Our core business the supply of animal feed to dairy, beef, sheep, pig and poultry farmers was established in 1977 and continues to operate from its original Aberdeenshire base in Turriff. Initially, we traded in the agriculturally productive area of north-east Scotland but since then we have expanded our business and now trade throughout the UK. Our focus lies with innovative, performance-led nutrition and we are renowned for our on-farm nutritional services and technical support. We are continually involved in research, with some of the UK’s leading institutes and on farm, aiding the development of new products. 19 Country Stores throughout Scotland from the Shetlands to the Borders, complement feed sales with a range of animal health products, equipment, clothing, pet and equine goods supported by advice and assistance from qualified, knowledgeable staff. Compounds and blends are manufactured from five feed mills and blending plants whilst the Harbro complete on-farm services division provides milling, mixing and processing.
We specialise in providing independent and practical support to farmers throughout the UK. We provide farmers with practical, unbiased information and support based on our own trials and investigations. The range of services includes technical notes and reports based on our own practical farm-based research, field scale evaluations, surveys and product comparisons; comprehensive dairy herd costings and analysis; on-farm consultancy advice and training workshops.
MACKIE’S vision is to be a global brand from the greenest company in Britain created by people having fun. We produce award winning dairy ice cream using renewable energy produced by our three wind turbines. We also produce Mackie’s crisps. These are made in Scotland with locally farmed potatoes & natural flavourings, cooked to perfection using our unique cooking process.
McCain Foods GB Ltd
At McCain Foods we know the importance that food plays in people’s lives – the power it has to uplift and bring people, families, businesses and communities together. Guided by our purpose to bring enjoyment to people’s lives through great tasting food, we believe that working together with our teams, business and community partners will bring sustainable growth and positive change – today, tomorrow and for generations to come. As a privately-owned family company with over 60 years of experience, a presence in over 160 countries and a global team of 21,000 people, our values and culture are at the heart of everything we do. Our product quality, people and customer dedication help us achieve global sales in excess of CDN $9.5 billion. Through our investment and innovation, we continue to be a global leader in prepared potato products, including our famous French Fries and appetisers. We are passionate about supporting and developing our people-providing opportunities to grow and learn in their roles, as well as building careers for the long term.
Muller Wiseman Dairies
Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller which employs 24,000 people throughout Europe. In the UK, Müller develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of branded and private label dairy products made with milk from more than 1,650 British farmers. The Müller brand is ranked at No.9 in The Grocer’s Top 100 list of Britain’s Biggest Brands and is also the 7th most chosen brand in the UK, picked from shelves more than 230 million times each year.
We are one of UK’s largest privately-owned fresh meat companies. Our purpose is to produce the highest quality innovative meat products for the UK and export retail market, by working in partnership with farmers producing livestock to the highest of welfare standards and using efficient and sustainable processing systems. Scotbeef has been built and grown on strong values that have been embedded through four family generations and still sit at the heart of the organisation. Proud of our reputation for producing the highest quality products, is acknowledged with our continuing partnership with the major UK retailers that exceeds 55 years. Through continued relationships built over the generations Scotbeef has been one of the UK’s leading export companies, supplying Beef and Lamb into Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. This continual growth in export markets was recognised when the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, was received.
Volac International Limited
Volac is a fast-growing, ambitious international dairy business. We are world leaders in dairy nutrition and our mission is to develop great products that advance the health and performance of consumers and farm animals. Our heritage as an innovative family business inspires us to confront the challenges in our world. We care deeply for our customers and enjoy helping our partners and communities prosper, so together we can contribute to a sustainable, healthier future.
Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer is a leading British retailer bringing quality, great value food, clothing and homeware to millions of customers around the world.
Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869. Today that means making our customers’ lives better and easier every day by offering great quality and service at fair prices – across food, clothing, general merchandise and financial services – whenever and wherever they want to shop.
One of the world’s largest retailers of consumer goods from food to fashion. Serving customers, a little better every day in our stores and online is at the heart of everything we do. Founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen using the £30 he received on leaving the Royal Flying Corp, we’ve come a long way from his small market stall in East London. Today over 400,000 colleagues work across our stores, office, distribution and customer engagement centres in the UK, Europe and Asia.
The team at Farming Online create decision support systems, using ML techniques and smart phone technology, for actors in the food supply chain. They deliver for key international companies and work alongside research stations in the UK & abroad. Farming Online were finalists for a USAID Data-Driven Farming award for their work on using satellite imagery to support small holders in Nepal. They are part of AI for Earth – a community using ML techniques designed to solve environmental challenges.
GEOPERFORMA LTD is a recently formed Oxfordshire based SME focusing on providing innovative geospatial solutions to different sectors by leveraging agile techniques to adapt and develop services and products for their customers.
Trade in Space
Trade in Space develop satellite-activated smart contract solutions. Our tools enable satellites to become autonomous trade brokers and deal-makers; and from a legal stand-point, to act as trusted regulatory auditors. Combining these technologies enables us to create global in scale, peer-to-peer trading systems and new routes to market for Agri-Traders regardless of their size, and at all parts of the value chain. In November 2018, Trade in Space won the Blue Sky Thinking Fintech Award, supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Times, Dell Technologies and FWB Park-Brown.
Founded in 1977, afimilk Ltd. (S.A.E. Afikim) has become a global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced computerized systems for the modern dairy farm, and for herd management. The company , since its inception, has been a leader through innovation: afimilk introduced the world’s first electronic milk meter more than 30 years ago, the first pedometer to monitor cows, the first dairy farm management software and the first online milk analyzer (AfiLab). These tools have enabled farm managers to improve performance and maximize efficiency, ultimately increasing profits. Afimilk systems and products are in use worldwide. The company is active in more than 50 countries: thousands of farms, hundreds of thousands of milk meters, millions of pedometers. Afimilk leading product line, is an automated modular system for intensive dairy farm management. The fully integrated software program, AfiFarm, collects information about each animal, builds a database and generates reports. This gives the farmer real-time information about herd health, milk quality and other critical factors, and enables well-informed decision-making.
Our world is changing. Faced with severe climate changes, redistribution of rain and fresh water scarcity, millions of farmers are closing down their livelihood and migrating to the cities to look for work.
ALVÁTECH is the outcome of 25 years’ experience in agronomy projects worldwide. Our advanced yet affordable technology is allowing farmers to use water with higher salinity for irrigation and livestock, save on fresh water, grow more and faster and avoid environmentally damaging and costly alternatives. Our EMF Active Water system is successfully working in 11 countries around the world.
Agsenze monitor animal welfare using custom developed bioacoustic and machine vision technologies that provide previously unavailable levels of insight and actionable feedback to Agribusinesses.
Altar brings precision agriculture to small- and medium-sized farms. The company is active in autonomous drones with embedded AI, Insect Farming and Digital Data Platforms. Altar is a tech-for-good innovation startup working at the intersection between technology and research to bring effective solutions to Societal Challenges. We aim to break the silos between Data Analytics & Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioural Science, Gamification and other established and emerging technologies to help society in general.
Aquapulse® is a natural, non-chemical water technology which delivers environmental, sustainability, hygiene and commercial benefits to agriculture, fish farming and horticulture.
- Dairy – benefits so far identified include enhanced milk yield, naturally clean water systems, enhanced live weight gain and increased fertility.
- Grown produce – enhanced root development, reduced inputs, more consistent batch colour, improved crop quality, & crisper fruit & vegetables.
- Fish farming – reduction in ammonia and nitrite levels, reduced feeding requirements, and enhanced natural fish growth & development.
- Egg production – increased productivity, reduced breakages & seconds, more uniform size, & naturally clean, maintenance – free water lines.
Antobot develops highly integrated commercial-grade universal Robot Control Units (uRCUs), both hardware and software, for intelligent mobile robots. With its universal, configurable and reliable design, uRCU could be applied to a very wide range of mobile robotics applications, particularly suitable for off-road and harsh environment in the agriculture environment.
We take a sophisticate and all-in-one design to meet the needs of the most demanding agriculture robotics applications. The core hardwares (RTK GNSS, IMU, High Performance Computing, e-motor controller etc.) that usually spread over a few stand-alone modules are fully integrated. Compared to the existing market solutions, our uRCU has significant advantages in performance, size, reliability and durability. The uRCU has embedded functional safety mechanisms, capable of achieving at least ASIL B level requirement according to ISO26262. It is fully compatible with ROS/ROS2, and it supports multiple agency systems. It is affordable and easy to use, providing a great platform for the agriculture robotics companies to build their specific applications, such as harvesting fruits, monitoring or weeding the fields.
We are positioned as a Tier1 supplier to robotics companies and can offer hardware, software, and full application solutions as needed by our clients.
Chordata was founded in 2018 to bring together specialists in biosensor and tracking technology; data science, connectivity and machine learning; needs analysis, user experience design and impact evaluation to develop transformational solutions to improve animal health and wellbeing.
We work with veterinary scientists, farmers, producers, pharma, policy-makers and animal feed manufacturers to co-develop effective technology.
Chordata Precision Livestock Farming is a transformational system to provide new information and insights into the metabolic health status of dairy cows – to increase wellbeing, reduce anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and support sustainability goals. Our system combines a biosensor capable of detecting blood-based and ambient biomarkers; a wearable for movement, activity and behaviour, a cloud analytics platform to create insights and simple to use applications for farm managers and vets. The system can integrate with farm management systems and ingest data from other wearable technologies already deployed. Chordata PLF is currently in development and will be ready for market in 2021.
Delta-T Devices Ltd
Established in 1971, Cambridge based Delta-T Devices designs and manufactures research-grade measurement and monitoring instruments for environmental science. Our main areas of focus are agronomy, plant physiology, eco-physiology, data logging, meteorology, soil moisture, solar energy studies and environmental monitoring. Delta-T Devices is a co-operative company, owned and managed by the members who work within it. Co-operative working creates a highly professional environment in which all Delta-T Devices staff participate in the challenges of the business and benefit from its success. Delta-T Devices takes pride in operating at the cutting edge of the environmental technology arena and maintaining the strong customer-oriented focus that has always been central to its philosophy.
Earth Rover Ltd
Earth Rover is a UK start-up aiming to provide the first robotic agriculture system that is genuinely viable for farmers. We are driven by the need to bridge the gap between today’s farming methods and the autonomous farm of the future. We call our approach the “pragmatic transition”: combining best-in-class technologies with existing equipment to deliver working applications — such as scouting, weeding and selective harvesting — that help farmers improve productivity.
Elysium is an Anglo-Macedonian, regional, food security initiative developed to assist countries primarily in the near East – through the application and furtherment of Precision Agriculture.
Manufacturer of electronic process control equipment for agriculture – the dicam range. Mainly used for climate control in livestock production but also applied to crop storage, ruminant feeding, ruminant lighting and feed mill control. Specialising in remote data capture and provision of real-time management decision support tools – Barn Report Pro. In business 40 years and market leader in UK pig production environmental control. Exports 20% of production for use in the US Swine Industry where it has been established for 24 years. Currently developing next generation dicam2 control with partner business Dicam Technology Ltd.
We are the agricultural technology experts, on your side, working to improve the efficiency and livestock productivity of your farming business. Greengage was founded in 2008 and is based on site at the Roslin Institute Edinburgh University. Our presence at the university’s campus for veterinary studies, demonstrates our focus on delivering innovative and applicable technologies to the agricultural sector. We work for farmers improving the overall well-being and productivity of their livestock.
IMV Imaging (BCF Technology)
We are world leaders in veterinary imaging including ultrasound, X-ray, digital image management (PACS), CT and MRI. Established in 1983, our global headquarters are located in Scotland, with additional offices in Ireland, France, North America, India and South Africa along with an extensive distribution network. Now part of the IMV Technologies Group, we are widening our offering to the entire reproduction management sector. The BCF team has reached over 100 employees worldwide and we remain committed to our core values of Partnership, Innovation and Learning.
MagGrow, an Irish company set up in 2013, employs over 30 people and has operations in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australasia, and Europe. MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology that signiﬁcantly reduces waste associated with conventional pesticide spray applications, delivering your important plant protection products where they matter the most.
MagGrow has many other beneﬁts, such as a signiﬁcant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour. The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be ﬁtted to a new or existing crop sprayer.
There is an increasing demand for food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable approach to primary food production. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs and satisfaction based on results.
Agricultural activities contribute directly to climate change, primarily through emissions of methane and ammonia arising from rearing livestock, spreading manure and growing rice.
Unlike many other systems, whose measurements would be affected by inclement weather, MIRICO’s instruments provide an advanced measurement capability under a wider range of environmental conditions, enabling accurate and continuous measurements over agricultural facilities.
Oxi-Tech Solutions Limited is an emerging UK technology company that is commercialising its unique and disruptive technology applications for water disinfection. We are currently developing environmentally responsible disinfection systems to address unacceptable problems facing the Food, Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Horticultural sectors, including health and animal hygiene.
We have developed a revolutionary system that removes the use of many aggressive chemicals and the 250L plastic barrels that are commonly associated with bulk chemical solutions hat are harmful to both the environment and to workers. Our technology creates the most powerful industrial oxidant in use today, Dissolved Ozone, in a very effective, controllable, and efficient way.
We believe our technology is the cleanest and the most environmentally responsible solution for the management of clean water within important production processes. Current activities have seen a 100% reduction in chlorine-based disinfectant use in the dairy parlor, whilst delivering low Bactoscan readings and reduced levels of mastitis.
Our solutions are tailored for each site application, retro-fittable to try to avoid disruption to processes, remotely controllable, and together provide generation of endless amounts of low cost, environmentally sensitive disinfection, made in situ, and on-demand, using only water and low voltage electricity.
Each installation can be remotely monitored for the users’ comfort ensuring far fewer breakdowns and disruption to production.
Peacock Technology Ltd
Peacock Technology is an engineering consultancy and research incubator specialising in electronics and automation for progressive companies so they can bring their innovations to life through our expertise, passion and standards. We aim to be recognised as one of the leading electronics and automation innovators in the UK, using our professional skills to build award-winning products for ourselves and our partners. Based in Scotland, we have worked on projects throughout the world.
Small Robot Company
Reimagining farming with robotics and artificial intelligence
Small Robot Company is reimagining farming with robotics and artificial intelligence. Its vision is to make food production sustainable.
Its farmboçts Tom, Dick and Harry will plant, feed and weed arable crops autonomously, with minimal waste. Small Robot Company will integrate Rootwave’s weed zapping technology to make autonomous non-chemical weeding a reality; using precision to deliver an increased yield with minimal chemical usage.
Its first commercial service for weed mapping recently launched, with weed zapping trials to follow in 2020.
Customers include Waitrose and the National Trust.
Our mission is to empower sustainable livestock farming practices by building the world’s first livestock service marketplace. We are a precision engineering and data intelligence company that aims to empower livestock farmers and the entire livestock value chain which currently struggles with many data silos. We bring together farmers of all sizes with service providers who can offer competitive pricing for services by leveraging the Smartbell data platform. We believe the data generated and collected by farms should work to empower their decision making and improve their profit margins.
Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd
Founded in 1989, Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd has in-house manufacturing equipment for electronics board and full test facilities. We run an ISO9001 Quality System to monitor all processes. We have been involved in several H2020 projects and currently involved with an EuroStars project for intelligent spaying and will shortly start an Innovate-UK project for the mining industry. We are small a team of twelve people with 100’s of man-years of experience. The focus of Sundance is Multiprocessing Technology and our keyword technologies/interest are:
- Vision System and sub-components for safety
- Advanced Sensor technology for monitoring
- Robotics electronics for control and unmanned vehicles
- Deep Learning and Edge-AI
The Climate Corporation
FieldView is Bayer’s digital farming platform. FieldView unlocks the real power of your farm data – bringing it to life interactively on one screen and in real time. This allows quick, accurate analysis to make the best decisions possible: whether that’s choosing next year’s varieties, understanding the performance of different fungicide applications or managing harvest.
FieldView is powerful yet simple to use and compatible across most equipment. It allows instant in-cab analysis and remote live metre-by-metre monitoring, seamlessly including past data. All this means faster, more accurate planning and analysis which pays off in lower costs, higher yields and better performance.
V-Farm is a Coventry-UK based company, providing a fully controllable, completely bespoke vertical farming concept. The V-Farm system uses the latest hydroponic technology, LED lighting and bespoke ventilation equipment in order to provide a truly sustainable growing solution fit for the 21st Century, whilst delivering optimum Return On Investment (ROI).
At ZIVA Robotics we are on a mission to make data collection more accessible. Our first product is a multi-terrain, ruggedized vehicle for security and inspection. ZIVA can be rapidly deployed as mobile CCTV to conduct remote site inspections and gives owners peace of mind, knowing their property is safe and accounted for. This saves costs associated with false alarms by filling the gap between static cameras and expensive manned patrols. Using our experience in security data collection we have found modern farmers are beginning to rely more and more on data. By working with soft fruit growers to automate their data collection we can help predict and improve yields inside polytunnels.
AgSpace Agriculture Ltd
Over the past ten years we’ve helped agri-businesses benefit from big data, online precision farming and bespoke digital agronomy products, so they can seamlessly connect their business with thousands of farms and use technology to help farmers grow more. Our products are Contour and GRID: Contour is our farmer facing interface. It provides real time, secure advice from agronomic experts to farmers, along with the satellite imagery and data they need for better decision making. GRID is our financial partner facing interface. It lets farmers and financial partners grow together by establishing trust at a distance. Connecting innovator and investor, lender and borrower in ways that previously have not been possible.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
AWS is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 175 fully featured services from data centres globally. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster. Companies of all sizes across all industries are transforming their businesses every day using AWS. Learn how AWS enables innovation in the agriculture industry with our blog posts. Visit our website to find out how companies are using AWS to grow and contact our experts today to start your journey to the cloud.
Concept Dairy is on a mission to transform the dairy industry to give farmers economic stability and sustainability. We have developed a technology to create pricing transparency across the dairy sector. We work with three core customer groups:
- Farmers: For the first time, farmers will be able to lock-in their future milk price when they choose and take control of their own milk prices
- Co-Ops & Processors: We work with you to help you understand and mitigate your financial risk
- Dairy end-users – retailers, FMCGs: We help connect you to farmers via the Co-Op for better long-term milk pricing.
Dark Horse Technologies
Dark Horse Technologies are an AgriTech start up who have developed proprietary remote-sensing wheat yield predictors and disease diagnosis engines.
Deep Planet is building a multipurpose machine-learning platform that leverages satellite imagery and other geospatial data sources to provide actionable insights. The company is funded by the European Space Agency BIC and the Copernicus Incubation Programme which help fund start-ups and research teams to commercialise space technologies. We use our novel and transformative products, made possible by rich geospatial data, machine learning algorithms, computer vision and inexpensive cloud computing, to drive benefits for societal good. Deep Planet provides solutions for precision agriculture, deforestation, water and gas monitoring. Our forecasting and monitoring analytics platform can identify early signs of crop stress, detect soil moisture levels, predict crop yield, monitor land coverage, identify tree species, forecast future water levels, monitor gas emissions and track commodity and inventory levels.
Glas Data Ltd
Glas Data’s vision is to unite the technological aspects of food production for the benefit of the entire sector and ultimately, the end consumer. Glas Data’s dashboard – GlasCore – takes an entirely new approach to agri-data collection with enhanced automation, offering an intuitive agricultural management solution that enables agri businesses to aggregate, compare and analyse data from ANY source. Simple and intuitive design brings the power of big data analysis and predictive farming to the agricultural sector and across the food supply chain. Saving time, whilst increasing yields, productivity and profits.
Hectare Agritech Ltd
Hectare is an ambitious agritech company entirely focused on exploiting current inefficiencies, and deficiencies, in the farming industry supply chains and has three principal products: SellMyLivestock, Graindex and FarmPay. Our ambition is for Hectare to become the dominant ‘go to’ portal for commercial farmers and their supply chains, firstly in the UK and then overseas.
Hummingbird Technologies is an artificial intelligence business, using imagery and data analytics from satellite, drone, plane and robot technology, along with proprietary algorithms, to provide farmers with high-resolution maps of their crops at critical decision-making junctions in the season. Hummingbird uses the most advanced machine learning and computer vision techniques, delivering actionable insights on crop health directly to the field. Hummingbird offers a range of different services across crops such as Cereals, Potatoes, Soybean, Sugar Beet and Oilseed Rape/Canola. These services include crop stress detection, detection of diseases, weed grass mapping, nutrient management mapping as well as yield prediction and plant counting in row crops.
lceRobotics is the global leader in the use of wearable sensors and cloud based analytical systems for the management of dairy cows and beef animals. Our sensors remain the gold standard sensor in the research community and since the introduction of CowAlert, the first cloud-based health and welfare monitoring system for dairy cows, the acceptance and capability of this technology is developing rapidly.
CowAlert is the most advanced dairy monitoring system available. lts lameness monitoring, automated mobility scoring and lying time alerts are all unique and sit alongside a highly accurate heat detection system. These powerful tools allow significant reductions in the cost of production and offer a strong ROI to farmers. The associated cloud platform also provides the supply chain with a very powerful tool. The data from participating farms can be shared with processors, vets, Al services and consultants increasing efficiency and transparency.
As well as these industry focused products CowAlert for Researchers has just been launched. CowAlert remains unique in its ability to store raw data collected from the animals permanently for retrospective analysis. Researchers can now examine historical data from any participating farm potentially changing the way in which research can be carried out.
Kilimo IoT LTd.
We provide services and hardware in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector, with a focus on precision agriculture. We have developed an intelligent, scalable, and easy to use IoT platform used for provisioning sensors from which we acquire useful data. We use Low Power Long-range communication systems which is cost-effective for our application.
Using the data collected, our system generates useful insights which the farmer can use to; improve productivity, increase environmental sustainability, enhance crop yield and increase profits from their smart farming operations.
Landmark Systems Ltd.
Landmark Systems is the market leading provider of farm business management software, designed to provide farmers with easy-to-use tools that help them stay compliant and make the right business decisions.
KEYPrime Accounts and KEYPlanner are two legacy products, helping farmers to not only submit VAT returns but also get a real grip on essential management information, budgets and forecasts.
Geofolia, Landmark’s crop recording and mapping solution with mobile App is the comprehensive package allowing farmers to import recommendations from their agronomist, manage stocks, record and report field activities from the office or the tractor cab.
Cattledata with the commended Cattledata Mobile App allows cattle farmers to keep herd records up to date from anywhere, make direct submissions to national databases and pedigree societies with ease.
Landmark products are designed to make essential farm technology accessible to all farmers, with a UK based, experienced team on hand to help when needed.
Mantle Labs Limited
We process billions of pixels of image data simultaneously from multiple satellites to provide a data cube of the earth. We look at vegetation health, soil moisture, climate impact and human activities on the surface of the earth. Using proprietary petabyte scale deep learning engines, we are able to provide high resolution data, every day, anywhere on the globe. No cloud gaps, actual measurements, daily.
Mapcite have created an AI/Machine Learning detection platform that can process captured images from thermal or standard aerial imagery (e.g via drones). This Machine Learning platform is currently trained for cattle detection, with uses for other livestock possible. Mapcite also providing easy to use software tools to visualise the location of the detection as part of the solution.
Myfugo Innovations Ltd
Myfugo is an Agri-technology company that seeks to use technology to enhance smart- farming. It offers a Web and USSD platform and IoT smart collar that assists dairy farmers with data-driven insights to help increase farm productivity and profitability by realising shorter calving periods and better animal health.
It also provides farmers with micro-loans to ensure they meet short term needs such as Artificial insemination services, disease treatment and urgent purchases of various inputs based on its alternative credit score card.
Its record keeping feature allows dairy farmers to track milk yield, diseases, vaccinations, pregnancy checks and calvings.
24/7 global farm optimisation and welfare service supporting all technologies deployed on farm in real time and ensuring good animal welfare and optimal performance is achieved and recorded in real time 24 hours a day.
Priceless AI is democratizing the access to state-of-the-art image & video object detection for AgriTech use-cases. We help farmers, producers and other AgriTech startups leverage advanced Machine Learning and Deep Learning technology to solve their specific needs. Examples include:
- Fruit farms: fruit identification, counting and sizing detection from Drones cameras with the goal of helping farmers and the rest of the supply chain have a better harvesting estimates.
- Food processors: produce size, colour, weight and internal or external defects detection using low-latency models.
- Livestock farms: animal identification, size and weight detection.
- Ag robots & drones startups: Image & video object detection as a service allowing AgriTech startups to focus on their core value proposition. Priceless AI builds the Machine Learning algorithms and operate the needed AI infrastructure so you don’t have to.
Reselan is a process development and implementation company,with the purpose of improvingenvironmental and economic performanceof businesses and other organisations. Reselan also provides technical and scientific adviceand support, process optimisation, projectmanagementand trouble shooting services, including the use of the TRIZ method.
RHIZA, the first Digital Agronomy brand on the UK market was launched in March, 2019. As a step forward from the precision farming solutions, RHIZA is now extending the offering to digital agronomy tools and technologies.
RHIZA brings together the combined strengths of SoilQuest and IPF which is already in use on over 500,000 Ha of arable land across the UK.
We work incredibly closely with leading farmers and agronomists. Our years of experience with creating management zones based upon in-field soil variations, puts RHIZA in a unique position to maximise the benefits of digital agriculture.
RHIZA also incorporates many years of R&D, agricultural satellite imaging and analysis – including the only radar-derived crop growth models, and the highest resolution (3.5m2) and best image frequency available – which is why we will continue to lead developments in the future. Every account is assigned to a dedicated and qualified account manager from day one to tailor a package completely personalised and adapted for the needs of each farm.
SoilEssentials Ltd, the leading Scottish precision agriculture specialists, are based near the foot of the Angus Glens and make it their business to make a farmer’s life easier and more profitable by farming smarter. The two directors, Jim Wilson and Robert Ramsay, each have a working farm in Angus and a firm passion for all that is precision. With a heritage in farming practices, the ability to use and test their innovative products in-situ, is so important. With an extensive product and service portfolio, SoilEssentials Ltd complement this with their status as authorise Trimble dealer for Northern UK.
We are a leading full fibre broadband provider in the South West of England – providing cost-effective, super-fast broadband to rural areas. The company is born out of a farm and retains a strong link with agriculture. Many of our people are from farming backgrounds and many of our customers are farmers. Our expansive fibre network covers most of Dorset and is growing into neighbouring counties. We are also currently experimenting with how we can provide 5G as a product offering to farmers.
Venture Capitalist / Private Equity
DC Thomson Group
DC Thomson is a private company and one of the leading media organisations in the UK. It is headquartered in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in the world-famous Fleet Street. The company publishes newspapers, magazines and has diversified into new media, digital technology, retail and television interests.
The DC Thomson Group includes global genealogy company Findmypast, leading IT business services provider Brightsolid, premium gifting business Wild & Wolf multimedia studio Beano Studios and, alongside DC Thomson Media, magazine publishers Puzzler Media and Shortlist Media. DC Thomson Ventures is the venture capital arm of the company.
On 6 October, we bring together the brightest minds during our Annual Conference. Industry expert Phil Wilkinson will join us as panellist for Session 4 'Agri-food Supply Chain, Retailer, Processor ... and Consumer Perspectives on AgriTech' More info: https://agri-epicentre.com/agri-tech-connect-2020/ #virtual
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