Farm Manager (Livestock and sustenance farming)

Job Summary

To ensure the smooth running of a farm by overseeing operations and making sound business decisions. The farm manager will work with animal production & crop production, Our Livestock on the farms are Fish, Chicken while crops are vegetables and fruits. The Farm Manager is expected to implement strategies for maximum yield, organize farm administration, work machinery and manage any associated businesses and staff. The farm will run in high-quality produce farmed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements

RESPONSIBILITIES:

As a farm manager, you will plan:

  • finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters 
  • undertake practical activities operating machinery, feeding livestock, or spraying  fields 
  • market the farm's products 
  • buy supplies, such as fingerlings, feeds, fertilizers, and seeds 
  • arrange the maintenance and repair of farm buildings, machinery, and equipment
  • plan activities for trainee staff, mentoring and monitoring them
  • maintain and monitor the quality of yield, whether livestock or crops
  • understand the implications of the weather and make contingency plans
  • make sure products are ready for deadlines, such as outlets and markets
  • ensure that farm activities comply with government regulations
  • monitor animal health and welfare, including liaising with vets
  • maintain knowledge of pests and diseases and an understanding of how they  spread and how to treat them 
  • apply health and safety standards across the farm estate 
  • protect the environment and maintaining biodiversity 
  • keep financial records up to date 
  • apply for funding  

Supplement farm income with other activities, which might include: 

• providing bed and breakfast  

• training on poultry and fish farming 

• special herds not available on the farm 

• farm shops selling the farm's own and other locally-sourced produce • Snail farming 

• processing own products 

Working hours 

You'll be on call day and night, seven days a week. The work pattern is seasonally influenced, often with 16-hour days at busy times, such as harvesting and processing.

Seasonal labor can reduce your direct involvement in the day-to-day work on the farm. It can also be possible to build up a management team with different people having advisory and consultancy input to lighten the load. 

What to expect:

  • The work may be highly stressful due to factors beyond your control.
  • Fluctuations in market prices can make long-term forecasting difficult.
  • Although much of the work can be office-based, many work activities will be outside. 
  • You should be prepared for an element of isolation.
  • Travel during the working day may occasionally be necessary. 

Qualifications:

  • Previous hands-on farming experience and technical knowledge are as important as academic qualifications.
  • However, a related degree is greatly valued  

Skills:

You'll need to show evidence of the following: 

  • knowledge of food production and an awareness of customer demand, food  standards, and sustainability 
  • organizational and time-management skills 
  • the ability to work under pressure 
  • supervisory skills and management ability 
  • numerical aptitude 
  • willingness to be outside in all weathers and patience to undertake all sorts of  practical, sometimes repetitive jobs 
  • a full driving license 
  • self-motivation, with the ability to motivate others 
  • larger-scale business awareness 
  • marketing skills 
  • negotiation skills
  • genuine commitment to farming 
  • IT skills 
  • good technical knowledge 
  • a good understanding of modern farming methods 
  • a commitment to animal welfare 
  • an understanding of the ways in which farming impacts the environment.

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