I'm not sure as dairy farmers we work as hard as we think


There are some people that work very hard. I can appreciate that farming is often a lot of hours, but it isn't sustainable 365 days a year.

A lot of farms seem to make their own lives very complicated. I used to see this a lot. The professional dairy boys, I'd rock up on farm between 9-10 and the place would be deserted- all in the house having breakfast, sleeping or whatever.

Other farms, running around like flies until lunch time. I think it's hard to recognise how to value your own time but this has been brought into focus more these days because of the acute shortage of labour these days.

There is a happy medium and I do think farming has a lot of offer the average joe but you need to attract them from the web/job centre and away from the rest of the economy. For starters, there is hardly a massively busy commute to a farm, never any parking issues and none of it needs to be strenuous these days really. I knew some farms where all the staff had breakfast either in their own accommodation or in the big house at the farmers table FOC. Free food at work is a big win for many. You're doing well to get a free cup of tea out of the NHS.
Good job I describe us as crofters playing at dairy farming because we don’t fit your description of professional dairy boys 🤣 As for people complaining about a long commute its pretty simple...move closer to your job. Especially anyone who rents. I could probably rent my house out & rent a house in a nearby town for half the money. Financially it would make sense but it would be daft in my eyes.


There’s a ring road under construction in this necks of the woods. There’s widespread admiration/disbelief at how much work gets done on it every day. I don’t know what the digger drivers are doing at night but most of them can be seen fast asleep for hours by the road side. Sometimes they wake up and do 5 mins. Fair play, they’ll be getting a good wage. Who are the idiots again?


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On the flip side I've seen builders rock up at 9, drink tea till 10, set up to work for an hour, tea break at 11, work from about half 11 till half 12 then lunch, start again at about 2 before packing up at around half 3...

I think the industry is irrelevant. Some people work hard, some cruise along and some can't be bothered.

we’ve had exactly the same here a few weeks ago,rock up at 7.30- drink tea in van till 8.30,11-11.30 tea break,1-1.30 lunch time,3pm wind down 3.30 in van drinking tea,4pm on and gone 🙄

Bruce Almighty

Mixed Farmer
The big thing that I see is that there are a lot of people working very hard, doing long hours at tough physical jobs, BUT they do a week or a fortnight or a month like this then have a rest for two days or a week or whatever. They go away on holiday 2 or 3 times a year and have a fortnight off at Christmas.
Stock farming and Asian corner shops are about the only businesses that are based on the owner working 80hrs a week plus with no weekends off, no public holidays and if they are lucky reduced hrs on Christmas day. Its this grind that does the damage along with the physiological pressure of not being able to just stop for a couple of days.
Around here most of the Sikhs are from farming families in India which in my opinion is why they are so hard working.

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...