Outsourcing of labour set to rise in dairy farms
There will be an increase in the outsourcing of seasonal tasks on dairy farms, a Teagasc financial specialist has predicted.
As concerns over farm labour shortages continue to spiral, Teagasc's Kevin Connolly, says it's time for dairy farmers to explore supports outside the farm gate.
"There will be more outsourcing of basic jobs on the farm, fertiliser spreading, AI, silage, spraying - a lot of that is going to take off in Ireland.
"You'll see guys specialising in services for a dozen or 20 dairy farmers in their area on a regular basis. They will buy the machinery and they'll be running their own little business," he said.
Although Mr Connolly says farmers have traditionally avoided looking for outside help because of costs, he believes this attitude will have to change.
"They think they are saving money but they are actually spending more time on jobs that they could easily outsource.
"Farmers are under stress, dairy farmers in particular, and they are putting a lot of that stress on themselves to drive on while milking 50pc or 80pc more cows. That is not sustainable.