The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) will launch its training programme to boost co-operation between farmers at a conference on Wednesday 2 April.

Industry leaders, consultants and farmers, who have set up or run collaborative ventures, will speak at the event at the National Motorcycle Museum in Bickenhill, Solihull.

The RABDF secured £320,000 of funding from the government’s £5m Dairy Fund to run its Foundation For Collaboration training programme, which will help farmers work together in groups to grow their businesses.

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RABDF chief executive Nick Everington called the conference a “must-attend event” for dairy farmers looking to become more competitive and take on the challenges of the post-quota environment.

English farmers are eligible to take part and conference tickets will cost £35, or £25 for RABDF members.

Those interested should call project co-ordinator Lucy Mellor on 0845 458 2711 or lucymellor@rabdf.co.uk, or visit www.rabdfcollaboration.co.uk.


Line-up of speakers

  • NFU president Meurig Raymond
  • Dutch co-operative strategist Onno van Bekkum
  • Arla vice-president for milk and member services Ash Amirahmadi
  • Teagasc farm structures specialist Tom Curran
  • Leadership consultant Dominic Wilford
  • Promar International’s Neil Adams and Matt Incles
  • Burges Salmon’s William Neville
  • OMSCO’s Nick Saphir and Camgrain’s Philip Darke on the co-operative experience
  • Phoenix Milk’s Mike King and Chris Simmons, and Bowland Fresh’s William Slinger on setting up a collaborative venture