Entrepreneurs in Dairying

Published 27 July 17

This business training programme for aspiring dairy producers is organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers in collaboration with The Andersons Centre, AHDB Dairy and the NFU. 

Now in its fourth year Entrepreneurs in Dairying has seen over 130 applicants successfully complete the course, all from varying backgrounds within or related to the industry.  The course has been integral to several of the students, providing them with the contacts and connections to go on and establish their own businesses, whether it be share partnerships, joint ventures, tenancies or development of their existing businesses.

The 2017 course will return again this autumn, with the first session at all of the colleges generally beginning early to mid September. 

The course will run at Bridgwater and Taunton College, Cannington, Somerset; Coleg Sir Gar, Gelli Aur, Carmarthenshire, Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire and SRUC, Barony Campus, Dumfries. Students will attend 8 training sessions including two full days on finance. 

The programme

  1. Introduction, staff management and communication skills
  2. Optimising your milk price
  3. Finance Course – 2 full days
  4. Your business plan
  5. Financing your dairy business (two full days)
  6. Contracts and price management
  7. Challenges and opportunities
  8. Final session  (full day)

The above sessions will be held at the host college apart from the final session which will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Dates for each session depend on the college hosting the course, please use the links below to download the information pack.

How to apply

Application packs will be available for the below early summer 2017. 


£375+VAT per student

Please note that there may be financial assistance available. This will vary depending on the host college. Please contact RABDF for more information contact Victoria Chomiak victoriachomiak@rabdf.co.uk or call 02476 639 317.