This year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup Open Day on 18 June is set to see record breaking crowds flock to North Yorkshire’s Metcalfe Farms – whilst in part this is down to the profile and success of the overall business there is no doubt that the impressive 1,300 pedigree Holstein herd and dynamic line up of speakers are also set to be a huge draw.
Connect, share, inspire – these are the aims of the Women in Dairy initiative. The group started as an initiative in 2015 and is driven by the enthusiasm of the volunteer facilitators. In May 2018, building on previous collaborations, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health agreed a two year active sponsorship.
Queen’s University Belfast student Joshua Thompson was named this year’s Dairy Student Award winner at RABDF’s Dairy-Tech event earlier this month. The runner up was Steffan Rees from Aberystwyth University.
The Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) Shortage Occupation List (SOL) ‘call for evidence’, whereby stakeholders were encouraged to submit evidence online in relation to any job titles or occupations believed to be in shortage, is now closed. The MAC is an independent, non-statutory, non-time limited, non-departmental public body that advises the government on migration issues.
RABDF has expressed grave concerns about Defra’s Clean Air Strategy published this week, particularly the failure to acknowledge the impact productivity and system type can have on emission levels and opportunity to mitigate.
Ever wondered whether milk pasteurised and packed directly at your farm could help avoid the dependency on volatile milk prices currently faced by many farms? Direct Dairy, a Dutch start-up focusing on Ag-Tech and Food-Tech think their breakthrough concept could do just that. Talking in more detail at Dairy-Tech on 6 February they will explain how, by cutting out the processor, farms could allow themselves to produce this premium consumer product to a standard where they could sell directly from their farm to businesses and consumers.
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.