One of the human costs of dairy sector labour shortages is staff and sharemilkers walking away from the sector in Waikato. Federated Farmers Employment spokesperson Chris Lewis, a dairy farmer from Pukeatua, says while the Government’s decision to allow another 500 international workers into Aotearoa to help out on dairy farms is positive it won’t solve the sector’s labour shortages nationally and in Waikato. He says one of the main problems in his area is that when you’re short-staffed it’s hard to provide a roster that’s attractive to prospective and current staff. Chris Lewis says based on the 1200 or so vacancies on the books nationally this week, he expects Waikato still won’t have the labour it wants even if it does get a fair number of the 800.