About Us

RABDF is the sole UK charity focused on the unique needs of milk producers. We are the only national dairy membership association with the freedom and capacity to lobby. We have unique relationships up and down our whole supply chain, giving us far reaching impact. And we are the only dairy organisation holding a Royal Warrant, with the influence and access to funding that brings.

Times have changed and like our members, we have been forced to take a long, hard look at our activities. This has meant a switch to areas where we can offer genuine and sustained value – on our own or with others. We believe these changes offer exceptional value to RABDF members. We hope you agree.

RABDF will now focus on four areas and all future activity will fall within this framework:

  1. Influencing and lobbying
  2. Developing young talent
  3. Improving business resilience
  4. Identifying and showcasing ground-breaking innovation

Our History

RABDF was founded in 1876 as an independent organization dedicated to the interests of dairy farmers, the improvement of dairy stock, dairy produce and the dairy industry of the UK and the establishment of the Dairy Show. 

Initially membership was concentrated in the South of England and included dairy farmers, vets, consultants, herd managers and members of the supply trade.

RABDF was registered as a charity at a very early stage and was appropriately based at offices in London, where the Dairy Show was held for almost 100 years at Olympia... read more


We believe every UK dairy farmer has the right to a profitable and rewarding future