Pay rates for dairy employees just the tip of the iceberg as labour shortage sees milk pool shrink

Marian Macdonald
By Marian Macdonald
Updated May 5 2022 - 5:05am, first published 5:00am
DAIRY JOBS DESPERATION: Attracting labour is now the number one challenge for the Australian dairy industry, leaders say.

Dairy farmers are so desperate to attract the right people to milk cows and manage farms, they're paying well above award rates and poaching employees from each other but labour is in such short supply, many are simply burning out.

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Marian Macdonald

Marian Macdonald

National rural property writer

Writing for farmers in the Stock & Land, The Land, Queensland Country Life, Stock Journal and FarmWeekly, farming in Gippsland.

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