We are pleased to announce our sponsors for this year’s UECBV European Conference & Annual General Assembly which will be held at the world-class Aviva Stadium located in the heart of Ireland’s capital city.

Dawn Meats is the supplier of choice to a range of leading supermarket, food service and restaurant businesses, exporting to more than 50 countries. As a family-owned business Dawn Meats remains true to its farming heritage through the close relationships it has forged with over 30,000 family farms from whom it directly sources grass-fed cattle and lamb for processing at its 10 Irish and 12 UK sites. Dawn Meats was established in Co. Waterford, Ireland in 1980, and has grown to a business with over €2bn inannual revenue, employing over 7,500 staff in twelve countries. The company works with some of the world’s leading food companies who are attracted by a commitment to sustainability and quality. Dawn Meats took full control of Dunbia in July 2020, following the successful joint venture that had been established in May 2017. The combined businesses in the UK and Ireland process approximately 1m cattle and 3 million sheep annually.

Visit our website: www.dawnmeats.com/

Established in 1954, ABP Food Group is a global food producer supplying high quality beef and lamb for the retail, foodservice, and production sectors, from 53 operating sites across nine countries. As one of Europe’s largest privately owned agri-food businesses we work with a network of over 45,000 farmers, across Europe.

As a market leader sustainability is at the heart of everything that we do and our meat processing is supported by three complementary divisions: renewables, proteins, and pet foods. This unique circular economy minimises the waste of by-products from meat processing by utilising them across all our divisions, thereby reinforcing our vision to secure a more sustainable future for everyone.

ABP has mapped the ‘Farm to Fork’ carbon footprint of its beef processing supply chain. Despite the fact that beef produced on farms across the British Isles is amongst the most sustainable in the world with a carbon footprint of half of the global average, 90% of emissions across the ABP supply chain are at farm level. The company has been conducting industry leading research with leading universities and research institutions to look at ways of helping beef farmers to reduce their environmental impact.

In a multi-year study carried out at its two Demonstration Farms in Ireland and the UK the company has focused on using a data-driven approach to improving the genetics available to the beef herd. Consequently, beef animals optimise their feed conversion ratio (grow faster) and are ready for slaughter at a younger age, thereby significantly reducing their emissions footprint. Results have consistently shown the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of beef, by optimising the age of slaughter and through better genetics and better feed efficiency. The findings include over six years of data involving 4,000 animals. The most recent update has found:

  • Average age of slaughter of cattle on the farm is 19 months for heifers and 21 months for steers.
  • There is 46kg more carcass weight at the same age within breed between the best and worst performing sires.
  • Returns to farmers can be improved by up to €200 between the best and worst performing sires.
  • The findings are applicable across different beef production systems.

Phase 1 of this research has been animal focused while the next phase is starting to look at a whole farm approach, with the help of independent experts in Ireland and the UK, capturing the latest thinking in animal grazing, precision agriculture, land management and biodiversity. The results of this work will offer farmers sustainable farming practices that give them a world beating competitive edge.


Kepak Group is a family- owned innovative meat company with a rich heritage of over 50 years of meat craft. From the establishment of a butcher shop in Dublin in 1966, Kepak has grown significantly and today the Group has a turnover of €1.75bn and employs over 4,500 people. Kepak operates 13 manufacturing facilities throughout Ireland and the UK with sales offices in Europe, the US and Asia. The Group markets a broad range of fresh and value-added meat products serving the foodservice and retail market with market leading brands Big Al’s, Rustlers, Celtic Beef and John Stone.

visit our website: www.kepak.com/

CSB-System SE is the leading IT specialist for the meat industry. We help our customers to become more efficient by digitalizing and automating their processes right along the supply chain.  CSB provides software, hardware, automation and business consulting – to join up the physical processes and the data flows inside your business. CSB business management software covers everything from rearing and slaughter line control to further processing, warehousing, sales order management, procurement and financial accounting. We create significant competitive advantages for our many long-standing meat industry customers by automating data capture and minimizing error rates. This means plans and decisions are based on accurate information which is available in real-time.

To find out more, come and talk to Dr Klemens van Betteray or Mathew Simpson at the UECBV conference or visit our website: www.csb.com