“We’ve got lots of vacancies and we can get people into work — many of them immediately.”
Jones said there were more than 600 jobs available in the dairy industry at any point in time and many were filled by international workers.
“As these people may temporarily slow — we need local people who want work to come forward.
“There are many opportunities and we are in touch with hundreds of potential employers.”
Heartland Immigration said dairy farms should now move quickly to keep any migrant workers they had.
Limitations around international travel meant many scheduled arrivals of workers destined to work in dairy farms’ upcoming Gypsy Day move might not be available, Heartland Immigration managing director Mary Noonan said.
“There are a lot of people already here on work visas — the industry needs to ensure visas are renewed to keep experienced workers on our farms,” Noonan said.