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Business leader offers free advice to help UK dairy farmers tap into funding

13 May 2020

A top farm business guru will be offering free advice to dairy farmers on how to access a host of funding opportunities in the first in a series of practical webinars organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF).

On Thursday 21 May, Rural Business Advisor Simon Haley, will talk through the range of funding opportunities available to dairy farmers. These will include the latest round of Countryside Stewardship Grants; The Countryside Productivity Scheme as well as funds such as the Henry Plumb Foundation.

He will also offer some savvy ways farmers can tap into funds they may not have been aware of.
Mr Haley said: “Money has never been at a lower rate to borrow and in this webinar, I will be encouraging farmers to think outside of the box.

“Not only will I detail the schemes and loans on offer, but I will also explain how they can apply for them, what information they need to apply and how they can benefit their farm.”

Mr Haley will be encouraging farmers to think strategically about how certain funding schemes can be used.

He added: “The new bounce back loan announced by the government may not be something farmers have thought about applying for, but it could be a clever way of funding some capital expenditure with low rates of interest.

“There has never been a better time to borrow money," he said.

RABDF Managing Director Matt Knight said the webinar should be one every farmer tunes into.

“Dairy farmers are under so much pressure. So, even if they only take away one tip from the webinar that can help them better their business then it is time well spent,” Mr Knight said.

Farmers wishing to watch the webinar live at 11 am on 21 May and ask questions can register for the free event here


The RABDF is running 3 other webinars including:

  • 26 May 11am – Optimising mastitis treatment for your farm with Kath Aplin, Boehringer
  • 28 May 11 am – Health and safety on the farm with Cari Beard, The Farm Consultancy Group
  • 4 June 11 am – Maintaining productivity from pasture through the summer with grazing expert, Piers Badnell.


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