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The IFA Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin.

The IFA Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin.

The IFA Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin.

The IFA is set to launch a new helpline to assist farmers with employee issues on their farms.

Since the abolition of milk quotas, increased production and workloads have seen many dairy farmers employing a labour unit for the first time. 

It is estimated that 2,300 full-time equivalent labour units will be required by dairy farmers over the next eight years. 

To meet this challenge the IFA is developing an exclusive service with new Meath-based company HR Duo, providing a human relations helpline, available for IFA members from this April.  HR Duo's software automates day-to-day HR practices.

The company also has a team of HR experts available 24/7 to offer advice. IFA director of organisation James Kelly said HR can be a very complex area.  "This initiative is intended to help farmers concentrate on day-to-day operations, while having their HR requirements looked after by professionals," he said.

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