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Milk maids help improve D&G dairy industry

More than twenty women attended the first meeting Photo: NFU Scotland

A new group has been set up in Dumfries and Galloway to connect and empower women in the region's dairy industry.

Dumfries and Galloway Dairy Women's Network saw more than twenty women attend the first meeting, where they shared their experience and expertise.

The network is open to all women involved in the dairy industry, from farmers’ wives to milk recorders.

The group was set up by dairy farmer Tracey Roan, Boreland of Colvend Farm.

It is supported by NFU Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Regional Manager, Teresa Dougall.

The focus of the group's first meeting was to decide the purpose of the group and what they would like to see achieved in the future.

The women agreed to organise regular training, farm visits, meetings and social events to take place across the region and sometimes beyond.

What a great turn out for the first meeting, it was really positive and encouraging to have a room full of ladies who wanted to hear more about the Dumfries & Galloway Dairy Women Network.

With the meeting being very informal it allowed everyone the opportunity to chat about what they would like to get out from the network.

There is certainly going to be plenty of meetings planned for the next coming months from practical, hands on farm Calf Signal training to office-based book keeping and office management - there will be something for everyone.

We would like to thank everyone who came along and also to the Laurie Arms for hosting us.”

– Tracey Roan, Founder, Dumfries and Galloway Dairy Women Network

The need for the network was highlighted through Women in Farming and Agriculture Sector research from the Scottish Government.

The research showed a need for easier access to, and uptake of, practical training.

The NFUS Regional Manager for Dumfries and Galloway said:

NFU Scotland are delighted to be supporting Tracey and the network in moving forward.

It was fantastic to see such a good turnout at the first meeting with positivity and ideas coming through for its future.

The background of experience around the table was fantastic and can only help this network to grow from strength to strength.

Congratulations to Tracey on what she has achieved already."