QUALIFIED Cumbrian agronomist Helen Dent is leading the charge towards a sustainable dairy sector.

Helen, who spent several years as an agronomist, joined Kite Consulting as a senior consultant specialising in on-farm sustainability and soils/forage management, back in April of this year.

The young woman, who is involved in her own family arable farm in north Cumbria and her husband's 200-cow robotic dairy herd at Penrith, aspires to help agriculture to show its worth in the climate crisis and help prove the benefit of ruminant animals in farming systems.

Says Helen: “Ruminant farming is the keystone of sustainable farming production and soils play a crucial role in this,” she says. “Healthy, fertile soils drive efficient forage production and have a key role in carbon capturing.

“Above all sustainable farming needs to be profitable farming,” she adds. “I’m really excited to be targeting sustainability in the dairy sector, an area I’m passionate about.”

Helen is a BASIS and FACTS qualified advisor and the chair/founder of the Cumbrian Ladies in Agriculture discussion group who meet for farm walks and discussion evenings. Their next meeting is on August 17.

She is also an National Farmers Union (NFU) Next Generation Representative and NFU Net Zero Steering Group Member.

Helen has also been chosen as a finalist in the Cumbria Farmer Awards Women in Agriculture category with the Awards Evening taking place on Friday, August 18 at the Greenhill Hotel, near Wigton.