Working to create a profitable and sustainable dairy farming sector

About Us

Proud past,
bright future

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

We are committed to influencing and lobbying on the biggest issues

We know that having your voice heard is sometimes the most important priority. 

We will influence and lobby government and policymakers through our joint secretariat of the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) with Dairy UK, our Royal associations, our new Policy Conference held in association with The Trehane Trust, and our extensive reach into the dairy supply chain.


We believe in developing and nurturing young talent

We will not only encourage and develop the next generation of professional dairy entrepreneurs, but will draw in fresh talent with new ideas from outside the sector. 

2017/18 will see the launch of the Young RABDF Board, which will develop specific offers for dairy industry professionals age 16 to 27. 

Our annual agricultural and vet student awards will continue, and we will work with the National Land Based College, to evolve our dairy-specific education packages for school leavers and entrepreneurs.

We pledge to improve
business resilience

A profitable sector needs constructive, collaborative support and membership organisations that work together to deliver efficiency, increase access to resources and improve reputation. 

We organise a range of technical on-farm events with a difference. These are held in conjunction with selected partners such as AHDB and will be evolved to drill down further into the crucial areas affecting profitability. 

Our highly successful Women in Dairy initiative, managed alongside Promar and AHDB, will continue with a growing number of regional groups and the annual Conference each September.

We will identify and showcase ground-breaking innovation

New ideas should not just come from other farmers or dairy sectors in other countries; they should come from completely different industries.

The brand new mind-expanding one day Dairy-Tech event held in February at Stoneleigh will be a concept the dairy industry has not experienced before. It will focus on the science and technology of dairy farming, and the cutting edge tools to support a wide range of systems. 

RABDF History

Proud past, bright future

Proud past, bright future

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