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.