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    Farm Manager - Maihiihi

Reference no: 8HR951
Posted: 5 Jan 2018
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Maihiihi, New Zealand
Duration: Permanent - Full-time
Start Date: 1st June 2018
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Are you up for a challenge?

  • Halfway between Otorohanga & Te Awamutu
  • Comfortable home with sleepout
  • Fantastic leadership opportunity

Our clients operate a progressive farming operation encompassing three separate dairy platforms and a number of support blocks.  The smallest of the dairy farms is managed independently, but they are now looking for a manager to oversee the balance of the business for the 2018/19 season.  There is a level of operational cross over between the farms, with staff and equipment utilised to ensure maximum efficiency for the entire business.  

So what does this mean for our new Farm Manager?  This role is more complex than your ‘standard’ Farm Manager role, and is definitely not for the faint of heart.  You will be responsible for a number of aspects of this farming operation, including:

  • the day-to-day management of a 700-cow, 240 ha milking platform, along with a further 220 ha dairy support land is the key focus for this role
  • a separate 400-cow farm that has a trainee manager in place – while the trainee manager has a good handle on things, he still requires support and mentoring from a more experienced operator
  • management of a separate, 62 ha run-off

What we’re looking for is an experienced Farm Manager who is a self-starter and has what it takes to look after this significant farming asset on behalf of the owners.  You’ll be fully supported by farm owners whose primary focus is your success.

Leading a large team, this is a role where your management and leadership skills will be as important as your technical farming knowledge – which needs to be top rate.  It goes without saying that you’ll have had Farm Management experience and you’ll be comfortable working in a mentoring and coaching space to upskill and develop the existing team.

The larger farm has a 50-bale rotary, with a large 5-bay shed close by and a number of other support buildings.  There is currently a 16-aside herringbone on the second farm, along with various other sheds and buildings that you would expect to see.

Thinking of applying?  You will need to be an organised team player who takes pride in their environment and job.  It’s great that you’ll want to be independent, but you’ll also have to prove you actively seek advice and assistance when it is required.

Are you likely to get the job?  The successful applicant will be the one who demonstrates the ability to add value and enhance the current operation, can retain and upskill an efficient and focused team and can lead from the front to achieve personal and business goals.

Applications Close 20 January 2017.