Over 300 new farm workers are to be recruited over the next year by FRS Farm Relief.

The expansion is in anticipation of a growth in demand for services.

This is because of increasing pressures on farmers because of growing herds as well as adapting to the needs of sustainability and other modern farming requirements, according to the business.

Milkers and general farm workers are in particular demand, the firm says.

FRS Farm Relief currently supports 5,000 farms around the country with a panel of 1,200 farm operatives.

"As we look ahead to 2023 we are expecting a further surge in demand, with many of the farmers we are working with indicating they want to increase their use of our services, while our regional offices are also experiencing a significant level of interest from further farms who are keen to benefit from FRS Farm Relief's assistance," said Colin Donnery, Group CEO of FRS Network.

"We are especially keen to talk to workers who specialise in milking as well as general farm work, as the feedback on the ground is that these will be the skillsets most in demand come 2023."

The company is launching the recruitment drive at the National Ploughing Championships, which got under way today.