Anyone with a dairy farm could write a book about staff – the good, the bad; the helpful, the hopeless; the workers and the shirkers.
Dairy farm work isn’t for everyone. It requires early starts and long days but it does pay well and, through the sharemilking system can lead to farm ownership.
The large numbers of conversions to dairying in the southern South Island has created a lot of new jobs and in spite of the number of unemployed people it’s not always easy to find people willing and able to do them.
The solution is often overseas workers.
People question why foreigners should get work ahead of New Zealanders.
The answer is, just as some Kiwis are preferred to locals when they’re overseas, some foreign workers are better than the locals here.