Policy change on foreign herdsmen

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DAIRY farmers can now employ herdsmen from outside the UK and Europe after a change in policy designed to help safeguard the future of the industry.

In his first ministerial decision, Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand has altered the policy on issuing work permits for herdsmen after hearing that Island farmers are struggling to find local, UK or EU staff. Farmers in the UK are also struggling to find skilled native herdsmen.

Jersey dairy farmers will now be able to apply for permits for skilled herdsmen from outside the EU if they can show that they have tried to find staff from Jersey, the UK or the rest of Europe.

Senator Le Marquand said that he hoped the decision will help ensure there are enough herdsmen to maintain high levels of milk production in Jersey.

Pictured: The policy change is in response to a shortage of skilled labour in Jersey and the UK

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