Young people seeking a career in dairy farming will be able to
explore how to achieve that first rung on the ladder at a seminar
organised by the Fresh Start initiative, to be held at Harper Adams
University College on Friday 24 March.
Entitled A Future in Dairying: Opportunities for New Entrants and
staged in association with the Royal Association of British Dairy
Farmers, Andersons the Farm Business Consultants and HAUC, the
seminar is being organized by Fresh Start, an offshoot of Sir Don
Curry’s Policy Commission designed to find ways of linking
new entrants with dairy farmers considering retiring - two groups
that have a common agenda.
“There has never been a better time for young people to get
into dairy farming,” explains RABDF’s chairman, Tim
Brigstocke who will address the seminar. “Until very recently
entry has been limited by the three main requirements: land, cows
and quota. However things are changing. Quota is no longer a major
investment and cows are relatively cheap. Land availability does
remain a problem, however opportunities are emerging under the
new payment regime as those nearing retirement are considering
quitting and a range of new arrangements are being established.”
“This seminar is designed to help new entrants progress their
ambitions and ensure there is succession in to the dairy sector,
and also help those wanting to exit with dignity. Young people
are essentially our life blood and they help to maintain vibrant
The seminar will also feature Tony Evans of the Anderson Centre;
HAUC’s principal, Wynne Jones; Rural Support West Midlands’ Jenny
Salt and Fresh Start chairman, Denis Chamberlain.
Attendance is by invitation only from Fresh Start’s Steve
Lindsay on 07775 544344 or Steve.Lindsay@barclayscorporate.com.
Numbers are limited to approximately 50, so prompt application
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