Farmers may have to pay essential workers up to $40 an hour when the borders re-open. The border opens to vaccinated skilled workers on March 13, but they must be earning one and a half times the median wage. Federated Farmers national intensive winter grazing spokesperson Jason Herrick says the requirement could push wages up from $27 an hour for foreign staff now, to $40 an hour. While he says it is great the borders are reopening he reckons its just another attack on farmers and the primary sector and many will carry on under staffed through another calving and another winter rather than to pay those wages, and that’s a real concern for their mental health.