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Herd Manager
Job Type Full-time
Date Posted Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Closing Date Monday, 09 November 2020
Location Mt Hutt Foothills, Methven
Company Information Blackford Farming LTD
315 Blackford Road
Mt Hutt, Methven, Rakaia Gorge , 7782
Website: http://
Job Description We have a position available for a Herd Manager. The right person must be able to work well with others, have a positive can-do attitude who is eager to progress through the dairy industry.

Blackford Farming is an established family business. The farm is 303Ha, un-irrigated, with a 60 bail rotary shed, milking 1000 cows. The shed is fitted with ACR’s, auto teat sprayer and Protrac. All cows are wintered off farm. All young stock is off farm most of the time. We aim to rear 300 plus calves.

The farm is located at the base of Mt Hutt, 10 minutes from Methven, 40 minutes from Ashburton and 1 hour from Christchurch. We run a 6,2 roster for most of the season and a 6,1 roster during calving. The salary package includes, accommodation, firewood and wet weather gear.

You must have a minimum of 3 years experience within NZ dairy farming. The role requires you to have a good understanding of cowshed practice, animal health issues, pasture management as well as general day to day farming practices. A high standard of overall farm tidiness is required at all times.

You must be able to communicate clearly, work as part of a team, not be afraid to ask questions and show initiative when required. Honesty and reliability is also a key attribute. Tractor skills are required for feeding out silage and heavy rolling. Training will be given in this area.

We value our staff so encourage further training and development which includes Primary ITO and Veehof Courses.

(The applicant must be eligible to work in NZ. Must have a clean police record and clean NZ driving licence and be able to supply two references. We have a drug free work place, no alcohol or drug issues. Pre-employment drug testing may be required).

The house available is a 2 bedroom house. The house can come furnished or unfurnished.
Qualifications AgITO is encouraged. Veehoof foot trimming course.
Salary / Wages
How to Apply If you feel like you would suit this opportunity, or have any other questions, please send your CV through or give us a ring, we look forward to hearing from you.
Email CV To claire.mawle@hotmail.co.nz
Contact Phone: 0211594099
Contact Email: claire.mawle@hotmail.co.nz

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