Farm consultants help farmers develop their knowledge of soils, crops and livestock, to improve the health, quality and yield of livestock in a sustainable way. They also assist farmers with developing their financial and business management skills to increase farm profitability and growth. Farm Consultants will commonly specialise in specific areas of farming, e.g. Dairy, Crop, Sheep & Beef, Irrigation and more.
If you enjoy working with people and are interested in the business side of farming but you don’t want to be stuck in an office all day, farm consultancy could be a career for you.
Farm Consultants may do all or some of the following and more: visit farmers regularly; give advice on finance, business planning and farm management; take samples for soils and herbage testing and advise on fertilizer use; research to find information requested by farmers; organise stock to be sold and negotiate prices; work with farmers to increase the productivity on the farm, resulting in an increase in profit.
Hours may be long and irregular.
Chances of Employment:
Chances of getting a job as an agricultural/horticultural consultant are good due to a shortage of people in the role
A new Farm Consultant may earn between $50,000 and $65,000 a year, while at the other end of the scale a self-employed Consultant may earn $100,000+ depending on the success of their business.
It’s preferable that you study the following subjects; english, agriculture, biology, chemistry, maths, and computer studies.
You will preferably need a tertiary qualification in agricultural science, commerce or management. It can also be useful to have experience on-farm or in the Agri-Business sector.