Farm Consultants help farmers develop their knowledge of soils, crops and livestock, to improve the health, quality and yield of livestock in a sustainable way. They also assist farmers with developing their financial and business management skills to increase farm profitability and growth. Farm Consultants will commonly specialise in specific areas of farming e.g. dairying.
Farm Consultants may do all of or some of the following and more: Visit farmers regularly; give advice on finances, business planning and farm management; take samples for soil and herbage testing and advise on fertiliser use; research to find info requested by farmers; supervise properties on behalf of absent owners; resolve and mediate disputes between farmers and sharemilkers or employees; organise stock to be sold and negotiate prices.
Is it for me?
If you enjoy working with people and are interested in the business side of farming but you don't want to be stuck in an office all day, farm consultancy could be a career for you.
How to get there:
It's preferable that you study the following subjects: English, agriculture, biology, chemistry, maths, computer studies are preferred subjects.
You will preferably need a tertiary qualification in agricultural science, commerce or management. It can also be very useful to have experience of on-farm work.
Hours may be irregular and long for self-employed Farm Consultants.
A new Farm Consultant may earn between $50,000 to $65,000 a year at the other end of the scale, a self-employed Consultant may earn more than $100,000 depending on the success of their business.
Chances of Employment:
Chances of getting a job as an agricultural/horticultural consultant are good due to a shortage of people in the role