The trade body plans to run benchmarking exercises and business masterclasses similar to those already carried out in red meat and cereals.
A separate study will compare efficiency levels at UK processors with those abroad. News of these initiatives will delight farmers’ groups.
In its strategy document, A Vision for the Dairy Industry, the NFU has called for milk processors to improve their efficiency and benchmark their costs against EU rivals.
It claimed: “There is a feeling among farmers that too often it is they that have shouldered the burden of reducing costs.”