Applications are now open for the Dairy Entrepreneurship Course

A specialist business course for aspiring dairy farmers offering expert training and a networking opportunity is open for applications.

The Entrepreneurs in Dairying (EID) course provides specialist training focused on business efficiency and the key factors involved in working and managing a dairy farm.

The course, now in its tenth year, also offers agricultural delegates the opportunity to network and form mentoring partnerships.

The course, which lasts eleven days, is delivered between September and December consists of face-to-face and live virtual training.

Farmers can select three sites for their training: Wales, the Midlands and the East; South, South-West and South-East; North, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The training will cover topics such as understanding the milk market and supply chain, taxation and trade, people management, business planning, finance and future opportunities.

Experts will cover each of the topics, and this year sees the return of senior agricultural business consultant Tony Evans of the Andersons Centre, succession planning expert Sian Bushell and leadership and management experts Real Success.

In addition, HSBC sponsors will host a session on accessing finance. The course saw over 400 candidates complete the training.

EID has been an integral part of the students, providing them with the necessary contacts and connections to start their own business, whether it be partnerships, joint ventures, rentals or expanding their existing businesses.

The scheme is run by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) in conjunction with AHDB Dairy, the NFU and the Andersons Centre.

The RABDF said: “Applications are welcome from people of all ages and backgrounds with some experience in the dairy sector. Applications should be submitted by September 10.

“The cost to attend the intensive training is £450 + VAT, including a final two-day session including a visit to the farm and a day at the NFU headquarters in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.”

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