Expert in animal by-products

Stephen Woodgate is managing director of Beacon Research Ltd., a UK based research and development consultancy. His original expertise was in animal (ruminant) nutrition, followed by a period of new animal feed product development. This area of work led him to join the rendering industry in 1984. His scientific background led to his appointment to the UK working group on BSE inactivation by EU rendering systems. He currently serves as Technical Director of European Fat Processing and Renderers Association (EFPRA).

Stephen Woodgate now has over 20 years of experience in many of the technical aspects of the worldwide animal by-products industry. In particular, he has been involved with the development of EFPRA’s Standing Technical Committee (STC) into a source of expertise that interfaces between industry, national governments and the EC. The overall objective is to ensure very high standards of human and animal health safety whilst maximising the economic value of animal by-products to the livestock industry. The key area of regulatory activity has been in relation to EU Legislators; DG Sanco [Animal by-products regulation and TSE regulation] and with DG’s Environment and Transport/ Energy in relation to uses of rendered products as energy sources.

Stephen also serves as a member of the scientific advisory panel (SAP) to the World Renderers Organisation (WRO) and is retained on the Technical Committee of the UK Renderers Association (UKRA).


  • 2003  Taylor, D.M and Woodgate S. L “Inactivation of transmissible spongiform  encephalopathy agents by rendering”.  OIE Scientific and Technical Review  Vol 22, ( 1) p 297-310
  • 2004  Woodgate, S.L. and J.T. van der Veen. “The use of fat processing and rendering in the European Union animal production industry”  in Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment, Vol 8 No 4, p 283-294
  • 2006   Woodgate, S. L. “What would a world without rendering look like” in Essential rendering: ISBN: 0-9654660-3-5  All about the animal by-products industries? p 277

Where am I?
Luciano Pinotti, University of MilanAshild Krogdahl, NVHIan Givens, Reading UniversityChris Knight, University of CopenhagenVincent Baeten, CRA-WDolores Pérez Marín, University of CordobaStephen Woodgate, Beacon ResearchJoop Luten, NofimaHans Dieter Hess, AgroscopeBart Van Droogenbroeck, ILVOJerzy Juskiewicz, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research Anna Haug, UMBMindaugas Malakauskas, LVAIonelia Taranu, INCDBNARodica Criste, INCDBNAAneliya Haritova, Trakia UniversityKris Sejrsen, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and NutritionRafael Codony, University of BarcelonaFrancesc Guardiola, University of BarcelonaKatri Ling, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicinePreben Bach Holm, University AarhusDavid Arney, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicineAna Garrido Varo, University of CordobaJaroslava Ovesna, Institute of Crop ResearchKevin Shingfield, MTT Agrifood ResearchNastasia Belc, Institute of Food BioresourcesRupert Bruckmaier, University of BernJohn Wallace, Rowett Research InstituteCornelia Metges and Harald Hammon, FBNJaap Keijer, WURAila Vanhatalo, University of HelsinkiJovanka Levic, Institute of Food TechnologyDavid Kenny, Institute for Food and HealthIsabelle Oswald, INRAMilan Marounek, Institute of Animal ScienceVeerle Fievez, Ghent UniversityMarcela Speranda, Faculty of Agriculture CroatiaKostas Mountzouris, Agricultural University of AthensIoannis Politis, Agricultural University of AthensMargrit Velik, Institute of Live Stock ResearchBegona de la Roza-Delgado, SERIDAJohn O`Doherty, Institute for Food and Health
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