A one-stop shop offering Scotland’s dairy farmers information, advice and training has been officially launched by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.
The Dairy Hub will provide bespoke advice to Scotland’s dairy farmers to improve on-farm efficiencies. It is a joint initiative between the Scottish Government and DairyCo, and was established in line with a recommendation from the Scottish Dairy Review ‘Ambition 2025’.
The service was officially opened by Mr Lochhead during a visit to AgriScot, where he also announced £25,000 Scottish Government funding for the Dairy Growth Board towards the development of a Scottish dairy brand.
The Cabinet Secretary said: “I am very pleased to officially launch Scotland’s new Dairy Hub, which is a great way for farmers to get advice on ways of managing finances and improving efficiency. Clearly, this is hugely important given current market conditions.
“Scotland’s lush grass and fresh air means that the cheese and milk produced here is among the finest in the world - and I want to see Scotland’s dairy sector flourish. The Dairy Hub will undoubtedly be a useful tool for farmers as they work towards achieving long-term stability and realising the sector’s full potential.
“It is important that we work with processors, as well as producers, as we work to strengthen Scotland’s dairy sector. I fully support the development of a Scottish dairy brand. It is an exciting opportunity for the whole industry that will enable us to explore new market possibilities.”
Dairy Hub Manager Stuart Martin said: “I would encourage all dairy farmers and industry service providers to come and speak to me to find out more about the Hub. Our aim is to be the one stop shop for dairy advice and support so we are keen to help with any question you may have.”
DairyCo’s Head of Extension, Jon Parry, added: “DairyCo is delighted to jointly fund and support the Hub, quick access to reliable good quality information and advice will help ensure a vibrant and sustainable Scottish Dairy sector”