Strategic Dairy Farm

Published 3 October 17

Strategic Dairy Farms give farmers the opportunity to benchmark their own businesses, both physically and financially against performance measures KPI’s from other farms and target areas to improve their own results.

Part of AHDB’s new Farm Excellence Platform, the farms will harness the benefits of ‘farmer to farmer’ learning and accelerates the uptake of knowledge. The overall aim is to improve farmer’s business resilience and help them to remain competitive and sustainable over the long term.

As well as regular on-farm meetings, farmers can access key performance indicators and business tools which enable them to identify areas for improvement on their own farm.

You can read more about the last meeting and key performances figures at our existing Strategic Dairy Farm at Houghton Lodge here.

We’re currently recruiting additional Strategic Dairy Farms to support and build on our work around Optimal Dairy Systems.

Houghton Lodge Farm, Leicestershire Chance Hall Farm, Cheshire
Tom And Partners Assess The Cows Low Res Tom & Karen Halton Low Res

Spring block calving, 650 cows, 428ha


Next meeting in March 2018.

All year round calving, 530 cows, 223ha


Launch meeting tbc.

Dichetts Farm, DevonCould you be our next Strategic Dairy Farm?
The Tucker Family Low Res  SDF Grey

Spring block calving, 240 cows, 182ha


Launch meeting tbc.

We’re building our network of Strategic Dairy Farms and are looking for passionate farm operators who will be open, receptive and share best practice to get involved.


If you’re a top performer, operating either a tight block (Autumn or Spring) or All Year Round calving system then it could be you. To find out more click here and apply here.