Dairy and pig sectors face labour uncertainty
The labour issues in the horticultural sector are replicated in Scotland’s dairy and pig industries.
NFU Scotland’s pigs committee chairman, James Wyllie, has appealed to fellow producers to be as prepared as possible for the unpredictable nature of Brexit by ensuring employees have registered for the EU settler scheme.
“We want our employees to stay with us – although I’m not sure sometimes why they want to stay in the UK after all this nonsense – so it is in our own best interest to check they have done so,” he stated in an online blog.
“You may also find during this same conversation that they have no intention of staying. The deadline is June 30 2021, so plenty of time left but, in my opinion, why wait? From a legal point of view, we can’t employ them after the deadline if they haven’t.
“It’s a really easy process, one that can be done from a mobile phone.”
Mr Wyllie has also prepared by stockpiling vet medication, securing artificial insemination supplies and storing soya.