Dairy Pro takes operations in-house

Dairy Pro, the professional register for people working in the dairy farming industry, is to take its management in-house.

The training and development initiative was launched four years ago, and was initially run by BASIS, with its expertise in pesticide and fertiliser registration schemes. But with over 1,200 members and 75 industry training partners, Dairy Pro now believes it is time to manage itself. It has transferred management of the website and supporting database in recent months.

“Opportunities such as the recent adoption of a recommendation within Red Tractor Assurance that at least one person on an assured farm is a member of a professional development scheme, mean Dairy Pro was no longer such a good fit with core BASIS activity, which remains more focused on legislative spray and pesticide-handling compliance,” notes Dairy Pro Chairman David Cotton .

“Dairy Pro is increasingly being embedded in industry development initiatives such as Arla’s Sustainable Dairy Farming programme, as well as training programmes by the Co-operative, Sainsbury’s, and Nestlé. That’s why this is the right move at the right time, and we are very appreciative of BASIS’s support in both getting the scheme established and facilitating the transition.”

For BASIS, Stephen Jacob adds that the four-year collaboration has worked well. “We’ve seen how much more focused the dairy sector has become about professionalism – it’s happening throughout the food chain as customers demand higher standards and improved sustainability. With its rapid growth, now is a good time for Dairy Pro to start developing its own systems. We wish it every success.”

To mark the change, Dairy Pro is refreshing its website and adding new features, with more regular feedback to members and a higher social media profile. The new contact number is 02476 478681 and email address dairyproenquiries@ahdb.org.uk.

Posted on April 21, 2016 and filed under Livestock, UK Policy & Regulation.