NZ Dairy Summer 2021

74 | nzdairy DAIRY PEOPLE » Walsh Enterprises Walsh Enterprises expanding its staff Hugh de Lacy Bringing new staff aboard to meet increasing legislative demands is the biggest challenge to Walsh Enterprises’ operation of two selfcontained farms ten minutes apart at Kereone and Walton, near Morrinsville in the Waikato, according to operations manager Mike Garrud. Ever-expanding labour demands as a result of environmental and other government-driven changes will only make attracting good new staff all the harder, Mike says. “This increase in sometimes unworkable legislation causes stress and burn-out and my concern is that each farm will need more staff which, at the moment, are non-existent. “Better rosters will be needed, meaning staff will want to work fewer days/hours but for the same pay. “Most farms will need to employ at least one more staff member to help with relief and rostered time off, and the extra paperwork that is now required.” Mike taught biology for ten years at Matamata College until his parents-in-law, John and Alison Walsh, lured him onto the 193ha (160ha effective) home farm at Kereone, where 430 Friesians are milked twice a day through a 36-a-side herringbone shed. The second farm of 100ha (90ha effective) milks 230 Friesians twice a day through a 15-a-side shed while rearing 50 R1 and 50 R2 heifers. The home farm rears 100 R1 heifers which at the end of May are sent off to the 26ha young-stock block a further ten minutes away. Servicing the Waikato since 1932 Milking Machines | Water Pumps | Effluent Systems 12 Canada Street, Morrinsville 0800 HUTCHIES 57 Great South Rd, Taupiri 0800 488 244 Paul Steiner C o n t r a c t i n g L t d ◘ Drain Cleaning, New Drains & V Drains ◘ Bridge Installation ◘ Race Work ◘ Truck & Trailer Hire ◘ Tractor & Scoop Hire ◘ Excavator, Bulldozer & Grader Hire ◘ Site work & Demolition ◘ Effluent Pond Construction ◘ Cattle Underpass Installation ◘ Metal, Sand, Fertiliser & Lime Cartage FOR ALL DRAINAGE & EXCAVATION 13 Keith Camp Place, Morrinsville Ph: 07 889 3143 or 0800 763 869 | A/Hrs: 027 497 6386 Walsh Enterprises’ operations manager Mike Garrud says most farms will need to employ at least one more staff member to meet increasing legislative demands.