Pull The Udder One


This just in.

Would you like to milk the dole?

Via The Irish Farmers Journal:

The Irish Farmers Journal can exclusively reveal that a new programme is to target social welfare recipients to work on dairy farms.

­ This programme aims to address the labour shortage in the dairy sector and could see some participants earn up to €5,000 without affecting their current level of social welfare payments

With average dairy farm incomes predicted to reach €80,000 this year, the shortage of workers for expanding farms has hit crisis levels.

This initiative is aimed at people who are currently out of work, or are working part-time, or who are currently farming full-time but want to earn extra money.

This radical new plan is to be launched in mid-August – piloted in Waterford and Kilkenny initially. If successful, the programme will then be rolled out nationally in September.

­People who have no skills or experience of farm work will be trained up and placed on farms.


€5,000 for dole workers to milk cows ( Catriona Morrissey, Irish Farmers Journal)

Thanks Jamie Leonard

37 thoughts on “Pull The Udder One

  1. postmanpat

    Keep the scratch that the tax payer pays for and get paid more money that the tax payer also pays for. Free workers (profit) for farmers. So its a win-win for farmers and doleys.

  2. Hog

    “FIGHT!” …. why? It’s a sensible idea that benefits all parties, or is that not how we do things in Ireland?

  3. Brother Barnabas

    Read recently that certain animals can become sexually attracted to humans. Tends in particular to be the case with cows – and almost invariably to the person who milks the cow. To the cow, it’s essentially prolonged nipple tease / foreplay. Some may find that flattering.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark


        I laughed uproariously and now they all know I’m not really working

        1. Papi

          Very intrigued with the “Some may find that flattering” remark. Who? The Cow? the dole guy? Who?????

          1. Brother Barnabas

            If an aroused cow was to give you that look, you’d likely be flattered – and perhaps a small bit tempted (irishexaminer.com/farming/general/irish-dairy-cows-best-looking-in-europe-267166.html)

    1. Yep

      I had a cow chase me across a field when I was a kid. At the time I thought he had murder in his eyes but maybe I just wasn’t mature enough to know what true love looked like.

  4. Brother Barnabas

    Am I back I moderation, BS?

    That comment was based on a scientific study. You cannot argue with science.

    1. I'm "alright" Jack. Mad Jack is on annual leave.

      I’m in moderation since I got here. I thought it was the same for everyone

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            I’m picturing it now, rolled up shirt sleeves, up to his elbow in it like a young James Heriott….

          2. Brother Barnabas

            actually, on a serious note if I may, for anyone who has kids c. 10 years + who like animals, his books are brilliant. wasn’t sure how they’d be received but absolute winners.

  5. Kolmo

    No problem in Ireland gets solved quicker than a potential problem with beef industry profitability – if it’s under threat, by jeebus, it’s solved, and fair play to them for their organisational abilities and political sway – pity the same political will wasn’t excersised in sorting out maybe the housing calamity for the human citizens..dress up as a cow, and the politicians will line-up to sort any issues you might have..

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