Free business support for Yorkshire Dales farmers

Upland farming in Coverdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Farmers in the Yorkshire Dales are being urged to sign up for free business support funded by The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.

The programme includes a series of five business skills workshops to help farmers review their performance and identify improvements and opportunities for the future.

Farmers are also supported in completing a benchmarking tool and receive one to one advice on-farm to help them implement what they have learnt.

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The programme is open to farms whose main enterprise is either livestock or dairy and the whole family are invited to attend the workshops.

The Farmer Network is coordinating the programme for farmers around Kirkby Stephen and in Swaledale and is wanting to recruit 20 farmers for each area before October 15.

Farmer Network manager, Adam Day, said: “This is a crucial time for farmers to look at their business situation.

“The Agriculture Bill includes the phasing out of direct payments by 2027 which, on average, account for 91 per cent of profit for LFA Grazing livestock farms rising to 114 per cent for mixed farms.

“The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is a valuable opportunity for farmers to get free support to help them review their businesses and make them more resilient in an uncertain future.”

Farmers can get more information at meetings on:

  • Monday 8th October starting at 7pm at the Bolton Arms, Downholme, DL11 6AE
  • Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 7pm at Kirkby Stephen Auction Mart Canteen, CA17 4QL

To book a place at one of the above meetings contact the office 01768 868615 or for more details about the programme, contact Carol Moffat on 015396 21602 mobile: 07917 666 514 or email

Places allocated on a first come first served basis.