ENGLISH DAIRY farmers have been invited to tune in for financial advice in an upcoming webinar.

Rural business advisor Simon Haley will be offering free advice on how to access official funding in the first in a series of practical webinars organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.

On Thursday, May 21, Mr Haley will talk through a range of opportunities available to the English dairy sector, including the latest round of Countryside Stewardship Grants; The Countryside Productivity Scheme, as well as funds such as the Henry Plumb Foundation.

He will also share some savvy ways that dairy farmers can tap into funds they may not have been aware of.

Mr Haley commented: “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.

“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," he continued.

RABDF managing director Matt Knight urged farmers to tune in to the webinar: “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.”

Farmers wishing to watch the webinar live at 11 am on May 21, and ask questions, need to register for the free event at rabdf.co.uk/forthcoming-events/funding-webinar

The RABDF is running three other webinars including:

May 26, 11am – Optimising mastitis treatment for your farm with Kath Aplin, Boehringer

May 28, 11 am – Health and safety on the farm with Cari Beard, The Farm Consultancy Group

June 4, 11 am – Maintaining productivity from pasture through the summer with grazing expert, Piers Badnell.