Online help with people management

Published 28 September 10

With the revised Agricultural Wages Order due out shortly, DairyCo has launched a new People Management section on its website to help dairy farmers ensure they're doing everything right.

"Employing and managing staff can be one of the most stressful parts of being a dairy farmer," says Kate Cross, DairyCo product manager. "This new section has been developed specifically to help farmers manage all aspects of these sometimes tricky tasks.

"The new area is extremely comprehensive, with various sections to help you employ the right staff, employ a student or give you useful information on using self-employed staff. The People Management section also links you in with the DairyCo labour management templates which provide sample vacancy and employment documents. These range from sample recruitment adverts to a disciplinary policy and a holiday entitlement calculator."

The website also has information on subjects such as benefits in kind and appraisals as well as links to useful organisations like Business Link and the HSE.

"Labour accounts for the second highest cost in producing a litre of milk so it makes sense to get the right people and retain them as happy, motivated staff," says Kate.

The information can all be reached via the Farm Info section of the DairyCo website,



Date 28 Sept 2010


For further information:

N:        Helen Fina

T:        02476 478696



DairyCo's aim is to promote world class knowledge to British dairy farmers so they can profit from a sustainable future.


To achieve this DairyCo aims to:

  • Ensure farmers have access to world class information needed to improve competitiveness, GHG reduction and productivity
  • Ensure farmers have access to direct and indirect support to help them improve their profitability through better business management
  • Ensure that dairy farming is reducing its impact on the environment
  • Ensure farmers understand the benefits of breeding and use the related tools


DairyCo is funded entirely by milk producers, via a statutory levy on all milk sold off-farm, at the rate of 0.06p per litre.  This provides an annual income of around £6.5m.


DairyCo is a division of the statutory levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB