Labour

Ifac report: Agree farm wages on ‘gross’ basis to save costs

Ifac report: Agree farm wages on ‘gross’ basis to save costs

Ifac has advised farmers to agree wages with their employees on a gross basis to avoid additional costs due to...

April 23, 2022

Attracting and keeping staff on dairy farms

Attracting and keeping staff on dairy farms

Attracting and keeping staff on many Irish dairy farms continues to be an issue as the busy spring-calving period approaches....

January 18, 2022

What kind of labour will suit your dairy farm best?

What kind of labour will suit your dairy farm best?

Labour continues to be an issue on many Irish dairy farms, with good help hard to find and even harder...

December 1, 2021

Department conducts review of non-EEA work permit scheme

Department conducts review of non-EEA work permit scheme

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is currently reviewing the occupations lists of a work permit pilot scheme to...

September 23, 2021

Dairy Focus: ‘Walk and Talk’ on Macra president’s farm

Dairy Focus: ‘Walk and Talk’ on Macra president’s farm

Earlier this week, John Keane hosted a Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Development Group (YFDG) ‘Walk and Talk’ on his...

August 23, 2021

Minister urged to ‘fast-track’ forestry legislation to ‘prevent infected timber import’

Minister urged to ‘fast-track’ forestry legislation to ‘prevent infected timber import’

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has been called on by Labour TD Seán Sherlock to “fast-track...

September 16, 2020

Consumers ‘can have cheap food or pay a fair price – not both’

Consumers ‘can have cheap food or pay a fair price – not both’

Consumers can either have cheap fruit and vegetables or pay a fair price to farmers and workers – not both,...

April 17, 2020

Fancy milking your herd 13 times per week?

Fancy milking your herd 13 times per week?

Milking your herd 13 times in a week may seem confusing for some, but it is common practice on many...

June 29, 2019

10% of farmers don’t finish milking until after 9:00pm – study

10% of farmers don’t finish milking until after 9:00pm – study

A recent Teagasc study looked at the milking time distributions on Irish dairy farms. 37 commercial dairy farmers were involved...

July 16, 2018

What sets the most efficient dairy farmers apart?

What sets the most efficient dairy farmers apart?

Results of a Teagasc study, which analysed labour issues on 38 dairy farms – with herd sizes ranging from 60...

July 14, 2018

‘Perfect storm’ for agricultural workforce

‘Perfect storm’ for agricultural workforce

The ability of agricultural industries to attract the people they need to sustain themselves is a concern shared in most...

July 10, 2018

Dairy focus: Two generations drive toward 300 cows in Co. Sligo

Dairy focus: Two generations drive toward 300 cows in Co. Sligo

Farming in Easkey, Co. Sligo, the Dunphy family has overseen a major expansion of their dairy farm in recent years....

March 24, 2018

Employing non-EU labour within the dairy sector is a road to nowhere

Employing non-EU labour within the dairy sector is a road to nowhere

It’s preposterous that Irish milk producers should be calling for non-EU labour to make up the manpower shortages now apparent...

January 28, 2018

Entering the labour ‘red zone’ on a Co. Cork beef-to-dairy conversion

Entering the labour ‘red zone’ on a Co. Cork beef-to-dairy conversion

Established in 2011 by the four west Cork co-ops – Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird – Shinagh Dairy Farm is...

January 26, 2018

Are you spending too long working with your cows?

Are you spending too long working with your cows?

Since the abolition of milk quotas, the Irish dairy herd has undergone considerable changes; farmers are now milking more cows...

January 19, 2018

Dairy labour crisis: Creed ‘willing’ to consider non-EU work permits

Dairy labour crisis: Creed ‘willing’ to consider non-EU work permits

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed is “willing” to consider labour permits for non-European Economic Area (EEA)...

January 17, 2018

‘Irish dairy labour shortage at crisis point’ – McCormack

‘Irish dairy labour shortage at crisis point’ – McCormack

At the age of just 40, Pat McCormack is the youngest ever president to take the helm at the Irish...

January 10, 2018

5 hacks to take the pressure off next spring

5 hacks to take the pressure off next spring

The mayhem associated with calving a large number of cows over a short period of time is fast approaching for...

December 30, 2017