£6.5m to help drive efficiency and profitability on Welsh dairy farms

Published 23 July 18

AHDB has secured £6.5m to deliver the Dairy Improvement Programme across Wales over the next five years.

The programme will prioritise herd health planning and monitoring as well as expanding AHDB’s strategic farm initiative in Wales.

The funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 was announced on the opening day of the Royal Welsh Show.

AHDB Dairy Chairman Gwyn Jones says, “This is fantastic news for dairy farmers and a game changer which will help to release the full potential of their dairy herds.”

Herd health plans, which set out disease prevention, detection and management procedures will be developed as part of the programme applying a new whole farm holistic approach to take into consideration other influencing factors such as nutrition, genetics and the suitability of buildings.

Dairy farmers in Wales will be able to access support to raise their awareness of disease control and preventative measures from autumn 2018.  

Gwyn continued: “Herd health and disease control underpin good performance on dairy farms and will help milk producers improve efficiencies and lift herd profitability.”

AHDB will also expand their strategic dairy farm concept in Wales to help farmers learn from each other through regular on-farm meetings and sharing key performance data.

“We know farmers learn best from other farmers and we will be working collaboratively with Farming Connect to make sure we complement their existing demonstration network and add value to delivery wherever possible” said Gwyn.

Details about AHDB’s strategic dairy farm programme can be found at ahdb.dairy.org.uk.


A Welsh language version of this press release is available on request. Please contact Menna Davies on 07875 098173 or menna.davies@ahdb.org.uk

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.