Dairy and pig sec­tors face labour uncertaint­y

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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.

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