Scottish Dairy Hub springs to life

A Scottish Dairy Hub has been launched to offer the country’s dairy farmers a trusted single point of contact for their enquiries.

The Hub has been established following a recommendation of the Scottish Dairy Review “Ambition 2025” report by James Withers current Chief Executive of Scotland Food and Drink. It is a joint initiative between the Scottish Government and DairyCo.

The Scottish Dairy Hub is an independent initiative that is unique to Scotland and will offer Scottish dairy farmers a conduit for reliable and accurate information.

Stuart Martin has been appointed as manager of the Hub and will work with both dairy farmers and stakeholders to deliver positive outcomes for the industry. Stuart’s background is principally in business development, and in the last 11 years has become fully briefed on issues surrounding dairy farming in Scotland both commercially and at farm level.

Stuart commented: “It will act as the one-stop shop for authoritative information, advice and training so it can proactively and reactively work with farmers in directing them to the best source of advice to improve business planning and technical efficiency.”

George Jamieson, Policy Manager for NFU Scotland, who has been involved with the initiative throughout, commented: “Scottish dairy farmers must be in a position to maintain and increase a competitive advantage and see a worthwhile return for their efforts. To do this we need a fit for purpose effective support structure, including a highly effective well-resourced, accessible transparent knowledge transfer service. Key to this is a proactive communications hub which can identify the right services, quickly and efficiently.”

For further information on the Scottish Dairy Hub contact Stuart directly on 07500 766 083 or meet him at the Royal Highland Show on NFU Scotland’s stand on Thursday June 19 and Friday June 20.