Leading dairy farmer hosts farm open day focusing on training and staff development

A chance to hear from leading dairy farmer Robert Craig on how he attracts and develops first class employees will be one of the focuses at an RABDF farm open day held at his Cairnhead Farm, near Carlisle, on Wednesday 10 May.

Host farmer Robert Craig will be talking about the Cairnhead scholarship programme

Host farmer Robert Craig will be talking about the Cairnhead scholarship programme

Knowledge transfer, training and skill development will be the themes for the day, with other talks from LIC, Nestle and SRUC covering a diverse range of subjects from breeding to antibiotic use and benchmarking to apprenticeships.

Robert, former Dairy Farmer of the Year and Nuffield Scholar, says training of staff and developing the next generation are essential for not just dairy industry survival, but also future success.

He says: “It’s an area I am particularly passionate about, which is why I am going to talk about our scholarship programme which sends an aspiring young manager to a top New Zealand dairy farm for a year.  The recipient of the first placement benefited greatly from this scheme and is now my farm manager at Cairnhead.”

Robert has recently been co-opted to the RABDF Council and says he is thrilled to be able to promote the organisation’s new aim to create a profitable and sustainable future for the sector.  “This day should meet that goal in providing fresh ideas for existing and aspirational producers.”

Other speakers for the day include Nestle’s Mark North, First Milk’s Ian Critchley and Bess Jowsey who is a pasture-to-profit consultant at LIC. There will also be a presentation from SRUC on industry opportunities and the work of their Dairy Research Centre.

Admission is free for RABDF members or £7 in advance, £10 on the day, for non-members to cover costs.  To book your ticket and see the full programme please visit www.rabdf.co.uk/forthcoming-events/openday.  For further information visit the website or contact 02476 639317