Short Courses

Entrepreneurs in Dairying:

A new business training programme for aspiring dairy producers has been launched by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers in collaboration with DairyCo, the NFU and The Andersons Centre. Called Entrepreneurs in Dairying, the programme will offer specialist instruction accompanied by a unique mentoring scheme for those who wish to progress their careers and develop their own farming business.

The programme will be run at three colleges from September 2014 – Cannington, Somerset; Gelli Aur, Carmarthenshire and Newton Rigg, Cumbria. Students will attend 8 training sessions held at the college.

See the full press release here.
The programme

  • World dairy markets and the UK position
  • Your career
  • The dairy supply chain
  • Sourcing finance
  • Your business case
  • Contracts and price management
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Personal development & mentoring

The above sessions will be held at the host college apart from the first session which will take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Dates for each session depend on the college hosting the course, please use the links below to download the information pack.

All students will be offered the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. The mentoring programme will be a one year commitment and will encourage students to progress with their dairy business. RABDF will be working with Get Mentoring in Farming to deliver this element of the programme.

How to apply
Application packs will be available to download shortly. Please click on the links below to download the application pack for that college.

Bridgwater College- Cannington Application Pack

Please note that there may be financial assistance available to interested students. This will vary depending on the host college. Please contact RABDF for more information.

If you have any questions about the course or would like more information on Entrepreneurs in Dairying please contact Emily Rowley by email to or call 0845 458 2711

Colliton Barton Training Centre

Working with colleagues at the Duchy College Rural Business School, Stuart Young Veterinary Services, and the Mount Veterinary Group of Wellington in Somerset, as well as others in the industry. The centre provides a training facility for the following groups:

  • Those working in the dairy and poultry industries
  • 6th form students considering a career in veterinary medicine
  • Undergraduate veterinary students requiring practical experience prior to qualification
  • Newly and recently qualified cattle & poultry vets
  • Smallholders and backyard poultry keepers

We offer a bespoke on-farm facility to enable the teaching of a variety of courses for the agricultural and veterinary sectors. Modern, comfortable accommodation and classrooms at the heart of a large working commercial Organic Dairy and Poultry farm provide the opportunity to study theory and practice hand in hand in the beautiful Devon countryside, 5 minutes from the M5 and 15 minutes North of Exeter.

For an up to date list of events please follow this link

Colliton Barton are working with Dutchy College to run a dairy apprenticeship – The dairy apprenticeship taster day starts on 22nd July 2014 but for more details follow this link.

The Dairy Management Academy:

Building a stronger industry through leadership excellence

  • The Dairy Management Academy is a joint initiative between the leading dairy consultancy business, Promar International, its parent company, the global breeding business Genus ABS and the largest UK specialist farm recruitment agency LKL Services. In addition, we work closely with many of the best dairy herds in the country
  • The Dairy Management Academy will develop your skills following a defined structure to equip you for a career in this exciting industry. You will be challenged to build your technical and business skills is a practical way and learn how to get the most from the specialist teams now required to deliver profitable milk production.
  • Module subjects include: nutrition, forages, condition scoring, staff management, fertility and genetics, grazing and management, finance, heifer rearing and business expansion.
  • For more information follow this link:

Or contact James Webster : or Patrick Spencer



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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.