Get in shape to manage risks

Published 1 February 17

Dairy farmers are being encouraged to attend one of a series of AHDB Dairy risk management workshops across England as part of a Defra initiative funded under the EU Adjustment Aid Scheme. Open to all livestock farmers in England, the workshops will support them to identify and mitigate the risks facing their business and they will be given an opportunity to sign up for a funded one-to-one on farm consultation to receive a personalised action plan.

Defra announced its plans at the end of last year on how to invest over £15m funding from the EU Commission in England, as part of a £25.6m package that comes through the EU Exceptional Adjustment Aid Scheme.

The funding is being used in several ways - including to help reduce ammonia emissions from farming and this series of workshops and consultations led by AHDB to help counter future volatility and support dairy producers who have been hit by recent market volatility.

Rachael Chamberlayne AHDB Dairy’s Technical Manager who will be one of the speakers at the workshops, said: “We all know that dairy farmers have had an extremely difficult time recently, which is why resilience and competitiveness feature heavily in AHDB’s strategy. This initiative is one way we can help farmers plan for the future and thrive in a post-Brexit world."

The initial workshop will cover setting objectives, defining a strategy, understanding the risks to their business and how to tackle them. Building upon this, farmers can then sign up for a free one to one on farm consultation and receive an individual report, which identifies clear steps they can take to improve their resilience and competitiveness.

While the initiative is primarily aimed at dairy farmers, beef, lamb and pork producers are welcome to get involved too. There will be around 50 workshops held across England throughout February, March and April with the first one being run in York on 9 February 2017.

“I encourage any livestock farmers or managers who are involved in long term planning and managing risk to sign up promptly as places are limited.” continued Rachael.

Farmers can find their nearest meeting by visiting dairy.ahdb.org.uk/risk.