Luke Ryder

DAIRY ADVISER FOR THE NFU

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NAME Luke Ryder JOB Dairy Adviser COMPANY National Farmers' Unions (NFU) AGE 26 SALARY* Competitive *industry average

What do you do day-to-day in your job?

As a Dairy Adviser for the NFU, I deal in all areas of agricultural politics that relate to dairy farming. This means I cover lots of interesting areas such as milk prices, dairy contracts, cow health & welfare, environment, farm assurance, organics and funding for training & skills etc.

On a daily basis, I represent NFU dairy farmer members in meetings with MPs, government organisations, pressure groups and other industry stakeholders. I am responsible for lobbying government, interpreting policy changes and communicating developments and the work of the NFU to our members.

I am always on call to help with member issues which vary every day.
 

What other jobs have you had?

Prior to starting with the NFU I worked on a friend’s dairy farm whilst reading for my degree. I started my career in the NFU as a Graduate Trainee in September 2009. Prior to becoming the Dairy Adviser I held the position of Assistant Farm Policy Adviser working on bovine TB and cattle bio-security.
 

What other jobs or career path did you consider?

Farm consultancy or feed sales manager.
 

What qualifications do you have?

I have a First Class Honours in B.Sc. Agriculture (Livestock).  I also achieved A-Levels in English Literature (C), History (C) and Business Studies (D), as well as GCSE’s at school.
 

What do you like most about your job, and what’s not so great?

My job requires me to meet lots of new people and to be able to work with them (even if I don’t always agree with them) to get results on behalf of NFU dairy members and the industry at large. There are lots of challenging issues that mean I have to persuade & influence people. I enjoy promoting the GB dairy industry.  There is a lot of job satisfaction when members thank you for representing them and defending the industry.
 
I have attended several emotional meetings where members have either lost large numbers of cattle due to bovine TB or large sums of money due to their milk buyer going into administration.
 

What’s your long term ambition?

To continue to progress in my career and gain as much experience as possible.
 

What advice would you give people trying to get into agriculture?

Be confident in your own ability and your ability to learn. No one knows everything, jump at the chance of gaining new experience.

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