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The Scottish Dairy Bureau

Glass of milk with blue backgroundIn January 2014, we announced the appointment of Paul Grant to lead on the Dairy Growth Board and he will officially take up post on 1 April. The Growth Board is just that, realising Scotland’s potential in the Dairy sector for Growth and aiming to unlock new market opportunities in the coming years.

The Scottish Dairy Bureau will act as the one-stop-shop for authoritive information, advice and training. It will direct dairy farmers to the best source of advice to improve business planning and technical efficiency.

Scotland’s Dairy Bureau will be established as a three year project from 2014-15 to 2016-17, funded by £50,000 from the Scottish Government to be matched by DairyCo in the first year to recruit a Dairy Bureau Manager and launch the Scottish Dairy Bureau. The Manager's duties will include marketing, managing and the launch of Scotland’s Dairy Bureau. It is the intention to fund the remaining balance of £100,000 in year 2 and 3 from the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) in 2015.

The Bureau will act as a new sign posting service facility in which training, information and knowledge for Scottish dairy farmers is collated and coordinated, and ensuring that there is coherent joined-up thinking and coordination across the whole Scottish dairy industry.

Scotland’s Dairy Bureau would coordinate activities through networking and building relationships across all the relevant sectors of the industry. It will offer interested parties a central hub to supply information direct to Scottish Dairy farmers such as what grants, services, training, and CPD is available from service providers, vets, colleges, commercial organizations, Lantra, SRUC etc. and would then keep a live database and a continually updated website.

This service would also help to identify training needs and gaps, feeding back to the policy makers, so funding is then targeted to meet market failure more precisely.

It will also provide an opportunity to monitor and review trends, needs and demands. This information can be used by the support sectors to quickly recognise and meet high demand areas ensuring skills gaps do not restrict the sectors development.