What to expect on-farm
There are many bonuses to working on-farm:
- You get to work outdoors and stay fit and healthy while you work.
- Your hours can be quite flexible and you can get paid a lot if you work hard.
- You get to learn a range of skills such as financial and business planning, human resource management, animal welfare, asset and machinery maintenance, pasture management and fencing.
- You get the opportunity to work with multiple species and multiple outputs production of both meat and fibre.
- You often get offered a house, on-farm, for minimal rent, or it can be included in your pay package.
- The dairy industry is booming at the moment and there's lots of potential to succeed.
- It takes you minutes to get to work each day with no traffic delays and it's a very practical and hands on learning environment.
- You can gain qualifications while you work, avoiding a huge student loan.
- You don't have get dressed up to go to work.
Of course with any job, there are the not-so-nice bits too:
- You can have very early starts, you don't always get the weekends off and sometimes you might not get a lot of time off during the busy season.
- You need to shower and wash your clothes regularly as the work can get pretty dirty at times.
- Young farmers often have to live alone and fend for themselves, including meal preparation and general household chores.
- You can often live in remote rural areas away from mates and parents.
- You have to work outside even if it's really cold, raining or super hot.