Farm Managers are responsible for the planning and day-to-day management of farms, and need to understand the seasonal timing of tasks and duties. Farm Managers are often in charge of staff members and need to know about running a business as well as caring for stock.
Farm Managers can be expected to do any of the following jobs and more: pasture and stock management; hire and supervise employees and contractors; buy and sell stock; muster and shift stock; wean lambs; drench, dip dag and shear sheep; buy/make feed such as silage and hay; general farm maintenance and know how to handle and train dogs.
Types of Jobs:
- Farm Manager
- Equity Share or Lease Farmer
Is it for me?
Working as a farm manager would suit someone who enjoys working outdoors, handling animals and doesn't mind getting their hands dirty. A farm manager needs to be able to manage staff as well as a farming operation.
How to get there:
Useful subjects to take at school are: agriculture, horticulture, workshop technology, maths, English and science.
There are no specific requirements for becoming a farm manager but a lot of experience and farming knowledge is necessary; a qualification can also be of help.
Farm Managers hours will vary depending on the season (they're often a lot busier from Winter to Summer), but will often start as early as 7am and work through til late afternoon/evenings. They can often be expected to work weekends too.
Chance of employment:
There is a general shortage of farm workers and managers in New Zealand so chance of employment will be high.
What's the pay like?
A farm manager will earn an average of between $46,000 to $60,000. This may include benefits such as housing, petrol allowance, power and even some meals.