Sunshine is certainly not what North America needs right now but for New Zealand farmers it is welcomed with open arms. Pasture sugar levels are low from lack of sunshine for the past month so cows are losing weight and there is less production. Both of these will give headaches later on in the season but these headaches are nothing compared to what farmers face in the future if they cannot attract the right people to run their farms.
I had the good fortune to speak to the year 12 Ag classes at Hauraki Plains College about the virtues of Dairy farming. One of the drivers for being involved with farming is that there is an ongoing requirement for food production as the worlds population climbs to the projected 8 billion people by 2025.
Robots can build cars but it will be a long time before enough robots can be developed to milk and manage the 250 million milk producing cows on the planet.
Unfortunately there is a lack of mentorship for young people to stay and grow in the industry. Farmers are not the best communicators and struggle with the younger generation. Without these young fresh thinkers staying in farming will not prosper in the future.
The farming workplace should be a fun environment. If it is fun then young people will learn and stay around and become an asset to your team. If you have the opportunity contact your local school and offer free training for young people to give them a taste of farming just like you were given when you were growing up.
If you are having trouble with staff then maybe it is time to reflect on your values and goals and you may just find that there is a simple solution to it all.