At the second RABDF business and policy conference last week the overall consensus from speakers indicated the future, post-Brexit, was looking bright for the dairy sector when compared to its beef and sheep sectors counterparts for example.
The final report into migration from the European Economic Area, published last month by Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), has been heavily criticised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) for letting down the myriad of UK industries which rely on skilled manual EU workers, of which dairy farming is one.
The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has urged farmers to remain vigilant for bluetongue virus after the disease was successfully picked up in two cattle imported from France through our routine post-import testing regime.
This year’s Women in Dairy conference will see its speaker line up share their views and tips on how to break the barriers posed by the industry in order to have both successful and profitable careers and businesses.
Earlier this year Defra Secretary Michael Gove announced a new livestock traceability service. Industry stakeholders have been involved with the development of this service, which is overseen by the Livestock Information Programme (LIP), through a partnership called the Traceability Design User Group (TDUG).
A business course set up by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers offering individuals involved in dairying the opportunity to progress within the industry has seen many of its delegates successfully go on to do so after completing its sessions. The Entrepreneurs in Dairying course focuses on business efficiency and the key factors involved with working and running a dairy farm and also provides delegates with the opportunity to network and meet new contacts.