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unlacedgecko

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Obviously a temp job leading up to Xmas, but this is what other industries are offering. How will livestock ag compete?
 

shearerlad

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Obviously a temp job leading up to Xmas, but this is what other industries are offering. How will livestock ag compete?
Move into the 21st century.

Agri undervalues labour so much, and then moans about not being able to attract or keep people. You’ve just got to read threads on here and Facebook regarding lambing labour etc to see the attitude of people
 

unlacedgecko

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Move into the 21st century.

Agri undervalues labour so much, and then moans about not being able to attract or keep people. You’ve just got to read threads on here and Facebook regarding lambing labour etc to see the attitude of people
I agree entirely. But how will livestock ag pay that labour and then retain economically viable?
 

Anymulewilldo

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Move into the 21st century.

Agri undervalues labour so much, and then moans about not being able to attract or keep people. You’ve just got to read threads on here and Facebook regarding lambing labour etc to see the attitude of people
That’s why we buy machines, job won’t stand lots of paid labour. Machines don’t want holidays, paternity, maternity, sick pay, days off. Then folk moan there’s no work in agriculture! We’ve been pushed down the mechanisation route since the war!!
 

unlacedgecko

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@unlacedgecko ’s FB post being one of them 🤣🤣🤣 I had a few people send that to me
No undervaluing of labour there. I was making it clear in my own unique style that I wanted a professional and experienced contractor with trained dogs, rather than someone who's watched lambing live and fancies a go.

Such contractors were invited to pm me with their rates. I put the onus on them to value their labour.
 

Mc115reed

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No undervaluing of labour there. I was making it clear in my own unique style that I wanted a professional and experienced contractor with trained dogs, rather than someone who's watched lambing live and fancies a go.

Such contractors were invited to pm me with their rates. I put the onus on them to value their labour.
I thought the post was perfect to be fair… I wish I’d put a similar post last year when I hired my lambing staff… she got a sharp awakening from what she’s seen as lambing on Instagram that’s for sure
 

AftonShepherd

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Hang on ...... isn’t this one isolated short term contract working in a warehouse doing crap repetitive sh!t.

If £26 an hour becomes the standard wage for any basic jobs there are a lot more industry’s ahead of ag that are going to sh*t themselves.
I've often said I love the lifestyle that farming gives me, even when the weather's at its worst, but if it was £26 an hour long term it might not matter how crap and repetitive it was ...
 

Anymulewilldo

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This last 12 months there have been many occasions I have thought “I’d be better selling all the sheep and cattle, and take these short term jobs at brilliant money until they run out.” Unfortunately it’s not just a job you can jump in and out of! 😂😉
 

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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