Virtual dairy training course now open for applications

09 Jul 2020

A specialist business course for aspiring dairy producers, which offers expert training and a networking opportunity, is now open for applications.

The Entrepreneurs in Dairying (EID) course is designed to offer specialist instruction focusing on business efficiency and the key factors involved with working and running a dairy farm, as well as providing delegates with the ability to network and form mentoring partnerships.

Virtual training

The 10-day course, delivered between October and December 2020, will, this year, take the form of live virtual training rather than through a classroom. And this means that potential students can apply regardless of their geographical location.

The training will cover topics such as understanding the milk market and supply chain, tax and trading, people management, business planning, finance, and future opportunities.

Expert tutors

Expert tutors will cover each of the topics and this year sees the return of senior farm business consultant Tony Evans, succession planning expert Sian Bushell, and leadership and management expert Paul Harris. The course sponsors, HSBC, will be running a session looking at access to funding.

Applications are welcome from people of any age with some experience of dairying and from any background within or related to the industry.

The course, now in its seventh year, has seen more than 250 applicants successfully complete the training. The programme is managed by the RABDF in collaboration with AHDB Dairy, the NFU, and The Andersons Centre, and is sponsored by HSBC UK.

Application deadline

Applications must be in by August 31, 2020, with numbers restricted to 50. Applicants will be selected by the end of August.

The fee for attending the intensive training is £325, which will include a final two-day session involving a farm visit and a day at NFU’s Headquarters at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

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