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AHDB Strategic Dairy Farm network recruiting producers

AHDB Dairy is looking to build the network of Strategic Dairy Farms (SDF) across the UK.


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AHDB Dairy senior knowledge exchange manager Izak van Heerden says being a strategic dairy farmer could be for you if you are a passionate farm operator and want to learn, as well as willing to share best practice ideas to help build a stronger dairy industry.

 

Mr Heerden said: “The objective of the SDF programme is to improve farm business resilience and performance by providing tangible examples, evidence, benchmarking and the latest research outcomes to deliver new business management skills and capabilities for farmers to adopt.

 

“For the SDF programme itself, we are looking for top performers with a good geographical spread of farms across Scotland, England and Wales.

 

“One of the greatest benefits of working with real farms is the sharing of experiences and outcomes in the true commercial environment.

 

The SDF programme typically lasts three years, and forms part of a national network to highlight best practice for the chosen production system.

 

The farm must be able to accommodate open events involving an invited audience, as well as feature the host farm story and project messages.

 

Events usually attract 15 to 50 producers and may happen three to four times over a 12-month period.

 

Mr Heerden added: “If you are looking to challenge yourself and your business, feel ready to take on a project management framework to scrutinise the farm, as well as learn from new ideas and embrace change, AHDB wants to hear from you.”


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For an informal discussion, to register interest or make an application, please contact KEDairyAdmin@ahdb.org.uk or 024 7647 8684 by 27 October 2017.

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