A specialist course for aspiring dairy producers offering training and networking opportunities is open for applications.

The Entrepreneurs in Dairying (EID) course offers specialist instruction focusing on business efficiency and the key factors involved with working and running a dairy farm, as well as providing delegates with the ability to network and form mentoring partnerships.

The 11-day course delivered between September and December consists of face-to-face and live virtual training.
There are three sites across the UK delegates can select for their training:

  • Wales, Midlands and Eastern;
  • 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, tax and trading, people management, business planning, finance, and future opportunities.

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

In addition, sponsors HSBC will be running a session looking at access to funding.

Now in its 10th year, the course has seen more than 400 applicants complete the training.

Applications are welcome from people of any age and background with some dairying experience. Applications must be in by September 10.

The fee for attending the intensive training is £450+VAT, including a final two-day session involving a farm visit and a day at National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Headquarters at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.