Farmers need to step up and accept the role they have in inspiring young people in the Dairy Industry.
You can blame drought, price, DA and anyone else but yourself, but when so many backpackers are milking or 60 year old couples have milked everyday for the last year, why are millennials not interested in working on Dairy farms?
At the end of the day what can you say you have done to add value to your staff and their lives, how have you inspired the next generation?
The problem is people, are you making the industry attractive, are you treating staff how you expect to be treated?
Yes. Our employees are very happy and publicly say so on fb. We look after them and comply with laws. We take the pressure on ourselves (as should be - its our business), and they see it. No amount of sugar coating hides the fact that the hours are long (Pretty much EVERY DAY FOR 20 YEARS) and margins challenging.
Our kids have seen it from the inside and although many farmers kids enjoy the actual work it again comes back to $ and hours. Tbe rush to the mines was due to $, not because everyone suddenly loved mining. They dont want to live the life their parents have. Perhaps millenials are thinking of their future and dairying is not easy to move from employee to owner due to the large capital investment required. I imagine there are dodgy employer farmers same as eg cafe owners. But this is bigger problem than a few bad eggs. Id love to add even more value to our employees but that requires us to be paid more for the milk.
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