Overview of the Strategic Dairy Farm Programme

Published 11 October 17

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What is an AHDB strategic Dairy farm? 

Farms that provide a platform for farmer-to-farmer learning, accelerate the uptake of knowledge and showcase best practice. They act as a focal point for regional and national discussions, openly sharing performance data and the impact of changes to farming or business practices.

The farms reflect one of two production systems - all year round or block calving (spring or autumn) - demonstrating what is possible through both systems and publishing key performance indicators so others can benchmark their own business performance.

Programme aims:

The programme aims to improve business resilience and performance through increased uptake of business management skills, tools and information. Demonstrating how technical performance can be improved through the adoption of best practice using an evidence based approach and the latest research outcomes.

Who are our strategic dairy farmers?

Farmers who are top operators in either production system who have a clear strategy with defined goals and measurable targets. They are willing to disclose information, open up their business to scrutiny and share decision making with other farmers. They will be open minded, receptive to new ideas and willing to embrace change.

What are the benefits of being a strategic dairy farmer?

Sharing your financial information will help keep you on track and boost your technical performance, profit and long-term sustainability and improve your business decision making.

You’ll have the opportunity to access specialist expertise and resources, and liaise directly with prominent UK researchers. This will keep you up to speed with CPD, innovation and new developments and allow you to interact with people across the dairy supply chain.

Strategic Dairy Farm Selection

One of our Knowledge Exchange Managers will visit nominated farms to gather background details and ensure they understand what’s involved and the commitment - normally three years. A selection panel will use a standardised scoring criteria to judge each farm and make a decision. 

Farm Excellence Platform

The Strategic Farms are part of AHDB’s wider Farm Excellence Platform, which inspires industry to improve performance and succeed through knowledge exchange.

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