The circa 750 dairy farmer members of the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) will now be able to earn points on their professional development register each time they attend a TDSG workshop.
Launched five years ago, Dairy Pro is the main professional development register for the dairy industry and a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all training whether it’s finding events or recording attendance and learnings. It now has around 1,500 active members and 100 training partners, now including Tesco.
Nic Parsons, Tesco Dairy Agricultural Manager, explains that joining Dairy Pro will remain voluntary for the members of the TDSG group but participating producers will find it simplifies their record-keeping for training and development activities. It will also help them meet the Red Tractor recommendation introduced in October 2014 that at least one staff member per site should be a member of a scheme that records skills, development and training.
“Dairy Pro is a natural fit for our workshops, which we run on five or six different topics each year. Our milk suppliers gain recognition as a business for attending these courses on subjects as varied as lameness and responsible medicine use throughout the year. So it makes sense for them to receive third party endorsement for their efforts while they are meeting our own requirements for being part of the producer group.”