Entrepreneurs in Dairying

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 fifth year Entrepreneurs in Dairying has seen over 170 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 2018 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 four colleges, including Bridgwater, Cannington and Reaseheath, Cheshire with the other two venues yet to be confirmed, and attendees 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. 

  • Bridgwater and Taunton College, Cannington, Somerset
  • Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire



£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.


If you have any questions about the course or would like more information on Entrepreneurs in Dairying please contact Victoria Chomiak victoriachomiak@rabdf.co.uk or call 02476 639 317

Programme Organisers

Host Colleges