A scheme enabling dairy farmers and their staff to get recognition for their skills and achievements is being launched at Livestock 2012.
Dairy Pro has been devised and implemented by an industry steering group and is funded by DairyCo and Residual Milk Marketing Board funds. The aim is to recognise the broad range of skills that dairy farmers and farm staff have and continue to develop on a daily basis.
It is hoped Dairy Pro will become a recognised mark for professionalism in dairy farming, says Dairy Pro industry group chairman David Cotton.
"As dairy farmers we are constantly working to improve our farms, instigate new ways of working and keep up with the latest developments in technology and business management. Dairy Pro gives us a way to record those efforts by providing a register for farmers and staff who participate so that they have a tangible way of recognising that work."
"It doesn't matter what size of farm you have, or what type of system, as long as you are continuing to develop your skills, which we all are, then you can register your training, build your points and get the recognition you deserve."
Dairy Pro has been developed to recognise all the different areas that farmers operate in and to accommodate the wide variety of skills that they have.
"It's an inclusive scheme," says Mr Cotton. "It doesn't matter what size of farm you have, or what type of system, as long as you are continuing to develop your skills, which we all are, then you can register your training, build your points and get the recognition you deserve."
Dairy farmer Tom Rawson is the Dairy Pro industry group vice-chairman. He says the scheme will be extremely useful for a number of reasons.
"As a dairy farmer and an employer I'm constantly making an effort to keep up with the latest developments in dairying and I need to know that staff and prospective employees are doing the same. Dairy Pro will provide a credible platform for all of us to demonstrate and recognise that commitment to continuous development."
To join the scheme simply register at http://www.dairypro.co.uk. or visit stand BM231 at Livestock 2012, then look out for the Dairy Pro logo on stands and at demonstrations around the event where you can start to pick up points.
For more information on how to get the recognition you deserve visit www.dairypro.co.uk.
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