Essentially a Stock Manager’s job is the next step up from Shepherd, and carries the responsibility of looking after stock and carrying out stock management. The Stock Manager will assist the Farm Manager or Owner.
A Stock Manager must enjoy working with and caring for animals. This means everything from animal health to pasture management to ensure animals are appropriately cared for. You’ll need to love working outdoors and with other people. A good team of dogs is a definite advantage.
A Stock Managers job varies from day to day and may include some or all of the following jobs and more: Organize feed budgets; stock rotation and management of staff; maintaining buildings, yards and fences; monitoring animal health; coordinating lambing, tailing, scanning, shearing and mustering; training and working your own dogs.
You could be expected to work anywhere between 40 – 50 hours a week, often starting around 7 and finishing at 5. This may be longer during busy seasons. Weekend work can also be expected.
Chances of Employment:
There is a general shortage of young, passionate Sheep and Beef employees in New Zealand, so chance of employment will be high.
Employers are looking for managers who are: caring towards animals; confident and willing to work hard, independent and adaptable; practical and responsible ; good communicators and managers; well organised, with good planning skills. You should have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, and be in good health.
A Stock Manager will earn on average between $51,000 and $60,000 a year, and other extra benefits may also be received such as housing, petrol, power, meat, vet bills for working dogs and even some meals. You could earn up to $92,000 depending on the size and scale of your farm.
Useful subjects to take at school are: agriculture, horticulture, workshop technology, maths, english and science. There are no specific requirements to becoming a Stock Managers, but generally you would have to work your way up from being a Shepherd. A Degree or Diploma could help to equip you with the skills and knowledge to win a job as a Stock Manager.