Fewer milkings appreciated by staff

Dairy assistant Georgia Berg is a big fan of lighter work rosters introduced by Lincoln...
Dairy assistant Georgia Berg is a big fan of lighter work rosters introduced by Lincoln University Dairy Farm after changing to 10 milkings every seven days. PHOTO: TIM CRONSHAW
One of the wins of a difficult season is that Lincoln University Dairy Farm has retained its valued staff.

That’s no mean feat in today’s tight labour market, where recruiting and keeping staff is a headache for dairy farmers.

The farm’s change from twice-a-day milking to 10 milkings in seven days this season has been appreciated by the team of manager Peter Hancox, second-in-charge Cody Mulligan and dairy assistant Georgia Berg.

Mr Mulligan and Ms Berg are staying on next season, attracted partly by the reduced hours and kinder rosters of the reduced milking.

Ms Berg said she was feeling fresher without the exhaustion of working on previous farms with longer rosters of more days on and fewer off under twice-a-day milking.

"It’s very much better for your own wellbeing and a massive change. I find too that because you’re rested you’re just more productive and in terms of the extra work you can get a lot more done even though technically you mightn’t be here as many hours."

Mr Mulligan said the 10-in-seven milking had been easier on the "body and mind" and a 12 days on and two days off roster probably wouldn’t have worked for his family.

tim.cronshaw@alliedpress.co.nz

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