Farm Manager

Job Description

Required Skills




Job Description:

  • plan finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters

  • undertake practical activities, such as driving tractors, operating machinery, feeding livestock or spraying fields

  • market the farm's products

  • buy supplies, such as fertiliser 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 auctions 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.


  • Bachelor's degree in agriculture, animal science or equivalent.

  • a knowledge of food production and an awareness of customer demand, food standards and sustainability

  • organisational 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 licence

  • self-motivation, with the ability to motivate others

  • larger-scale business awareness

  • marketing skills

  • negotiation skills

  • genuine commitment to farming

  • IT skills


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