What to expect on-farm
There are many bonuses to working on-farm:
- You 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 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 work with different species and produce both meat and fibre as your outputs.
- Cheap accommodation is often part of your pay package.
- In the dairy industry there's a lot of potential to succeed.
- It takes you minutes to get to work each day with no traffic delays. 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 to 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 in all conditions; freezing cold, torrential rain or extreme heat.