Farm Manager

The Farm Manager works with the farm owner’s policy guidelines and business plans including managing finance, cows, grass, recruitment and supervision of staff.

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Working as a Farm Manager would suit someone who enjoys working outdoors and handling animals. They would also need to be able to manage staff as well as a farming operation.

A Farm Manager is responsible for the financial and physical performance of the farm and as such will be highly skilled in all aspects of the farm business. On larger farms this will also include responsibility for recruiting and managing staff.

In this role you will be responsible for implanting the short and long term business plans of the farm owner. You will have responsibility for the financial and physical performance of the farm.



Farm Managers hours will vary depending on the season, but will often start around 5am and work through until late afternoon/evenings. They will often work weekends as well.

Chances of Employment:

The number of dairy farms in New Zealand has increased a lot over the last 10 years. This means that there are good opportunities for employment.

Personal Requirements:

Employers look for Farm Managers who are: Patient, adaptable and practical; motivated and able to follow a routine; able to work well independently and as part of a team; good at communicating with and managing people. You should be fit and healthy, with good stamina.


Farm Managers will generally earn an average salary of $69,000; this may include a benefits package including housing, meat and even power.



Useful Subjects to take at school are: agriculture, maths, accounting, biology or science and computing.

You will ideally have 3 – 5 years experience working directly on farm, having gained an overview of all the required elements needed for farm management. You will also have some experience of managing staff. It could be useful to have one or more of the following qualifications: National Certificate in AgriBusiness Management, Level 4; National Diploma in AgriBusiness Management, Level 4; Certificate in Rural Staff Management (or Similar); an agricultural science / management bachelor’s degree.