Welsh dairy cows©FLPA/Rex

Arla has partnered with the professional development register Dairy Pro to offer its member’s formal recognition for training and development.

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Arla dairy farmers involved in the Sustainable Dairy Farming Growing Together programme will be able to register all their development activity through the Dairy Pro scheme.

The programme, which involves a series of on-farm practical workshops, will be independently assessed and Dairy Pro points awarded to members attending the workshops.

Vicky Porteus, Arla’s senior manager for quality assurance and sustainability, said the partnership was a logical progression.

“Dairy Pro will give formal recognition to the training and development delivered, and convey the professional standards of our members to customers and consumers.”

John Allen from Kite Consulting, which is working with Arla to deliver the programme, added: “The workshops will be looking at sustainably increasing milk solids production, improving feed efficiency, gaining from genetics and reducing antibiotic use.”