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Fresh Start: seminar for dairy farming entrants

harper adams

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 rural communities.”

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 Numbers are limited to approximately 50, so prompt application is necessary.

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