Monday, March 8, 2010

Labor Dissatisfaction

 The objections raised by hired help to labor on the dairy farm are the long hours, the steady, regular work, and to some extent, the nature of the work itself — or rather to the conditions under which it is done. To reduce the labor problem to the minimum, first of all the hours must be made as reasonable as in other types of farming in the same community. Arrangements should be made so that the milkers are through with their work as early as men doing field work. Some provision must also be made for regular time off by each laborer in turn. If the owner is doing his own work he should realize that he should follow the same practice himself and take some time away from his work, otherwise in time he will come to dread the monotony of it.
 The objections sometimes made to the nature of the work come almost, entirely from the conditions under which the work is done. If the cows are milked in a clean, well-lighted, comfortable stable reasonable hours, and modern methods of handling the manure and feed by overhead carriers are installed, the objections to the work will largely disappear. In most localities a man with a family, if provided with a comfortable house, may be employed by the year with the best satisfaction to both the laborer and his employer.


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