Dairy farmers can prepare their businesses for a long-lasting future through a free training scheme.

The Prince’s Dairy Initiative is offering practical workshops where farmers with small or medium-sized herds can boost their businesses and technical skills while meeting like-minded producers.

Local dairy experts will lead the sessions, covering topics such as herd health, soil, nutrition and finance.

To join the scheme, farmers must have fewer than 200 cows, supply milk on a standard contract and not already be regular members of a discussion group.

See also: How to prepare for the milk price downturn

Meetings will start in November and will be held in:

• Camborne, Cornwall

• Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria

• Leek, Staffordshire

• Leyburn, North Yorkshire

• Welshpool, Powys

Twenty places are available for eligible farmers from the surrounding area.

Those interested should come to introductory meetings in each region in September and October, where they can sign up.

For more information, contact Hannah Noble on hannah.noble@bitc.org.uk.

Entering its third year, the Prince’s Dairy Initiative has helped 125 farmers so far.