Workforce shortage hitting farmers hard

SHORT STAFFED: Alvie dairy farmer Brooke Lane says dairy farmers across the south-west are struggling to find relief milkers and farmhands. While the problem is historical, Brooke says a lack of backpacker workers had dramatically reduced the labour pool.

A shortage of relief milkers and farmhands is putting Colac district farmers under pressure, forcing them to consider tough calls to protect their businesses.

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