ONE of the most useful things to come out of the South Gippsland Dairy Expo last week was the launch of a Dairy Workforce Employment Pack by Dairy Workforce Coordinator for GippsDairy, Kylie Barry. The pack, which is the culmination of a project funded by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia, helps dairy farm operators with all they need to know about employing people on their farms. Are you ready to be an employer? What are the expectations of an employee? How much should I pay? Is the new employee going to be full time or part time? What’s the difference between being a contractor and an employee? Can I employ a relief milker as a contractor? The answer to that one is easy – no! But there are a lot of other pitfalls and traps to be aware of when employing people on the farm and this new information pack from GippsDairy can certainly steer you in the right direction. And, when in doubt, get familiar with ‘The People in Dairy’ website where you’ll find a wealth of information, including recruitment checklists, workplace induction templates and a wide selection of other helpful information. According to Ms Barry, speaking to a packed room at the dairy expo last week, family farm dairy farmers often don’t have access to human resource management advice and this was seen as a gap in the services available to them. Hence the dairy workforce project was initiated in March this year. And already it’s attracting some good feedback from farmers.