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 sixth year Entrepreneurs in Dairying has seen over 200 applicants successfully complete the course, all from varying backgrounds within or related to the industry.  The course has been integral to 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 2019 course will return again this autumn with revamped course content. The first session at all of the colleges will begin in September and the programme has been extended to five colleges: Bridgwater & Taunton, Somerset; SRUC, Scotland; Gelli Aur, South Wales; Myerscough, Lancashire (new!) and Llysfasi, North Wales (new!).

The revised course content means that participants will attend six training sessions at the college including two full days on finance, plus a final two-day session at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire including a farm visit.

The programme

  1. Understanding the Milk Market, delivered by AHDB and hosted at a local processor

  2. People Management

  3. Tax and Trading Structures

  4. Finance (two full days), with Tony Evans from Andersons

  5. Business plan and funding your new business

  6. Succession Planning & Future Opportunities, with Sian Bushell Associates and Tony Evans from Andersons

  7. Final session (two full days) including a farm visit and day session at NFU, Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire.

All courses start in September 2019. Dates for each session depend on the college hosting the course and appear on the application forms below. 


£375+VAT per student

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

How to apply

Please use the buttons below to download the relevant application form:

Programme Organisers

Host Colleges