Managing and developing staff

Management of farm staff is a skillful job to ensure that they work in a safe working environment as well as contributing to the growing farming business. Having control over the workforce will make workers feel that they are in a safe environment where their contribution to the farm investment is paying off.

Businesses can claim £3000 for each new apprentice they take on

  • From 1 June-30 September employers of all sizes in England can now apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices
  • Businesses can apply to claim £3000 for each new apprentice hired as a new employee from 1 April until 30 September
  • Click here to find out more

AHDB Essential travel letter template for your employees, click here.

Adapting your staff team to the new normal

  • Remind the team to maintain hygiene and distancing as per Government guidelines
  • Review practices implemented at the beginning of lockdown
  • Plan how you are going to effectively manage the team in the medium and long term as rules are gradually relaxed

Do you have an induction process for new employees? Click here to see what Safe Ag Systems recommends when bringing on new farm workers.

Yellow Wellies health and safety guide for temporary workers

  • The Farm Safety Foundation has created a third in their new series of Staying Safe on the Farm – A Guide for Temporary Workers.
  • This simple guide highlights the key risks and dangers on farms today and outlines sensible ways to stay safe and farm safe.
  • Download below:

Worker Records

Keeping worker and employment records up to date is so important. Safe Ag systems have listed some important records that should be kept for employees, click here. Health records should also be kept up to date, click here.

Taking care of health and safety and mental health:

Training your team for business success – AHDB

Some skills that a farm manager should possess:

Citizens information provide information on employment, click here.

It is important to ensure you and your employees are aware of their rights, click here to find out more.

Joint farming ventures

  • Collaborative farming is where farmers join together to share their economic values, share skills and create a more social environment to work in. The below video explains collaborative business structures in farming.
  • Guidelines to forming a Farm Partnership, click here or download below. Further publications can be found on the Teagasc website: click here.
  • Further information on collaborative farming arrangements can be found at Teagasc click here.


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