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Published 24 July 14

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The sign up deadline is fast approaching for applicants for Entrepreneurs in Dairying, the new business training programme commencing in September for aspiring dairy producers launched by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers in collaboration with DairyCo, the NFU and The Andersons Centre. 

Entrepreneurs in Dairying is offering specialist instruction accompanied by a unique mentoring scheme for those who wish to progress their careers and develop their own farming business. The programme is being run at three colleges with the following application deadlines: 

Cannington, Somerset                                         8 August

Newton Rigg, Cumbria                                        15 August

Llysfasi and Glynllifon Colleges, North Wales       30 August

Students will attend eight weekly training sessions delivered by national industry specialists accompanied by a local farming business. Areas covered will primarily focus on succession planning, and better business and financial management. 

Towards the end of the programme, each student will be offered the opportunity to be matched with a mentor who will provide help and guidance for the following 12 months. Each mentor will be fully trained as part of the Get Mentoring in Farming initiative in which RABDF is fully involved. 

RABDF policy director, Tim Brigstocke said: “RABDF has discovered first hand from its previous training and knowledge exchange activities that there is a need among people already working on farms, for example those five years out of college, herd managers and farmers’ sons and daughters without a future on the family unit. They are all keen to progress up the ladder, however to do so they require training in specialist areas such as how to farm in their own right through joint ventures or contracting arrangements and how to run a business. 

“Entrepreneurs in Dairying has been developed by RABDF to fill this apparent void, with the help of three complementary organisations: DairyCo offering field officer support and Dairy Pro professional status; the NFU, the voice of British farming; and The Andersons Centre with a proven track record of advising on the various available business arrangements. 

“Furthermore, we are fully aware that farming can be a lonely career and that our course participants would benefit from a ‘guardian angel’ to call up to discuss issues which will enable them to make better business decisions for themselves. One of the unique features of Entrepreneurs in Dairying is the offer of a specialist mentor, fully trained by RABDF in conjunction with the respective college, and matched to the needs of the individual student in their locality. We believe the opportunity for mentoring is an important element to business training which has been sadly lacking in agriculture whilst it is commonplace in other sectors.”