A new YouGov survey commissioned by the RABDF suggests that only 4% of UK adults would consider all key aspects of working on dairy farms personally acceptable, casting doubt on whether future restrictions on accessing labour from the EU can be solved by recruiting from the domestic workforce.
Insights into the current global milk market and accessing finance are just two of the topics at this year’s Women in Dairy conference on 20th September at Sixways Stadium, Worcester, delivered by a stellar line-up including CEO of First Milk Shelagh Hancock and head of agriculture at the Co-op Ciara Gorst.
A new Business and Policy Conference is to be held in London on Wednesday 18 October, announced the RABDF today (5 June). ‘Scoping the Future’ will be the theme of the event, which will focus on the UK dairy industry post-Brexit and herald a return to RABDF’s popular conference format which offers leading farmers opportunities to rub shoulders with policy-makers and supply chain leaders.
Identifying marginal gains and shaping the future will be the main themes of the day when 2016 RABDF/NMR Gold Cup winners Roland and Simon Bugler open the gates at Pilsdon Dairy Farm on Wednesday 28 June.
Farmers are being urged to be vigilant for signs of Bluetongue virus (BTV) and consider vaccinating their livestock after BTV-8 was detected in cattle in a previously disease-free area of northern France.
RABDF has confirmed that the 2018 Cream Awards will move to Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, as part of the event’s plans to tie in with RABDF’s new flagship Dairy-Tech event. The Cream Awards ceremony will now take place on the evening of Dairy-Tech (Wednesday 7 February).
Dr Dick Esslemont was announced yesterday (27 April) as the recipient of the RABDF Princess Royal Award in a presentation by Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace. The award is one of the highest accolades within the dairy industry and is awarded each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sector throughout their lifetime.
Major changes have been announced to the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup, the UK dairy industry’s flagship award, to ensure herds across the whole range of management systems can compete in this annual competition on an equal footing. This is the first major overhaul in the almost 100 years of the popular contest.
Richard Beattie, a final year BSc Agriculture student from Harper Adams University has been crowned this year’s RABDF Dairy Student after beating four others in the final round at the Farmers Club, London on Friday 7 April. He was presented with a £1,000 cash prize and trophy by competition sponsor, Mole Valley Farmers.
Rain or shine, farmers get up before dawn to care for their cows. Processors and manufacturers adhere to stringent rules to ensure that consumers can pick up a wholesome bottle of fresh milk from the shop every day. Vets will drive up to the farm in the middle of the night should a cow require urgent care.
Stand space bookings are now open for Dairy-Tech, the brand new technical one-day event announced earlier this month by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF). Held on 7 February 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, Dairy-Tech will be a new concept for the dairy industry, focusing on science, technology, and the cutting edge tools to support a wide range of systems.
The Trehane Trust are hosting their Annual Scholars' Dinner on Tuesday 17th October, the evening before the inaugural RABDF Annual Dairy Business & Policy Conference, held in conjunction with the Trehane Trust.
The conference will be a business and political event, aimed at influencing and inspiring leading farmers as well as policy and decision makers. The theme is "Scoping the Future of the UK dairy industry post-Brexit". The inaugural conference will be held in conjunction with The Trehane Trust.
Dairy-Tech is tailored for the new generation of dairy farmer, manager and technician: showcasing ground-breaking technology, inspiring uptake of the latest science- and field-based skills, introducing a fresh range of innovative products and services, and pioneering new global concepts in management efficiency