Funding change for the Scottish Dairy Hub to take effect in 2019

Rachel Martin Agriland UK

From February 4, 2019, NFU Scotland will replace AHDB as one of the funders of the country’s Dairy Hub, with AHDB recruiting an additional person to work with Scottish dairy farmers.

Operating for five years, the Dairy Hub is a free-to-use, confidential and reliable service that helps dairy farmers to resolve any queries they might have about their farm, their business and the wider market for milk and dairy.

Established in 2014, the hub has been joint-funded by AHDB and the Scottish Government and was established as a key recommendation of the Scottish Dairy Review ‘Ambition 2025’.

The level of enquiries from dairy farmers means it has easily exceeded its initial targets and has become a valuable resource for Scottish dairy farmers from Shetland to Stranraer.

The Scottish Dairy Hub will remain open, providing impartial support to all dairy farmers and all organisations, supporting the industry across the dairy sector.

AHDB will now reallocate the funding to create a new dairy-focused role in Scotland. This second knowledge exchange manager position means the industry will have the support of two dairy experts who will work with farmers across Scotland on business and technical improvements. Recruitment for this role will begin immediately.

The switch in funding comes after NFUS and AHDB reviewed how best to work together to achieve a sustainable and profitable future for the Scottish dairy industry.

This fits well with the direct support and assistance the union provides to farmers and crofters. This allows AHDB to concentrate its resources on working with farmers to improve the resilience of their businesses, which underpins the dairy sector’s ability to compete, grow and become sustainable.

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