DairyNZ is relieved the Government has listened to its call to allow more dairy farm assistants into New Zealand in January 2022. However, CEO Dr Tim Mackle says more workers are needed and DNZ Federated Farmers and the Dairy Women’s Network are continuing to push for another 1500 dairy international workers to be let into the country for the 2022 dairy season. The workers will help alleviate crippling staff shortages that are having a serious impact on farmer wellbeing. Dr Tim Mackle says it is vital to avoid the third year of staff shortages on our dairy farms.