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Dairy Farm Manager

Dairy Farm Manager

Dairy Farm Manager

Ngāi Tahu Farming, Ōtūkākau

Closing Date : 27 Jan 2019

Love Dairy? Love People? Love Whenua? Are you our next Farm Manager?

Kia hiwa rā!

We believe in growing and farming the most sustainable products for the betterment of people and the planet. This is an opportunity for you to join our journey.

Our kaupapa (purpose) is based on the values and vision of Ngāi Tahu iwi and is best represented by the Ngāi Tahu proverb 'when land and water are sustained the people will prosper' Toitū te Marae o Tāne, Toitū te Marae o Tangaroa, Toitū te Iwi.

Ngāi Tahu Farming is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the most significant whenua (land) footprint for Ngāi Tahu whānui spanning almost 100,000 ha of farm and forestry land in Te Waipounamu (the South Island).

Our Dairy team consists of eight Dairy Farms and five Dairy Support Farms on 3450 ha of irrigated pasture at Te Whenua Hou (Eyrewell), half an hour north of Christchurch. Each of the farms operates a 64 bale fully automated rotary shed, utilising the Protrack management system, fully pivoted irrigation system, which also spreads effluent, and utilises a number of other best-practice technologies.

We currently have a permanent full-time opportunity for an experienced Dairy Farm Manager to join our whānau as our current Farm Manager Jeff has decided to pursue another role which will lead him to herd ownership. Farm Ōtūkākau is located on Downs Road, North Canterbury. The Farm is 308 hectares, milking 1000 cows and has four full time kaimahi (employees) plus additional casual support when required.

What we can offer the successful applicant?

  • Farm systems which utilise best practice technologies and target top 20% performance;
  • 5 days on, 2 days off roster, 6 on 2 off roster during calving and mating;
  • Great opportunities for learning and career progression;
  • Competitive remuneration including health and life Insurance.

Our ideal candidate will have:
We look for people who have the personality and expertise that can help us adopt and contribute to a circular economy which puts sustainability and people at the heart of everything we do:

  • At least 3 years' experience as a Dairy Farm Manager in Canterbury under irrigation;
  • Used to working in a corporate Farming environment working as a team to achieve goals;
  • Good understanding of farm environmental plans and reporting would be advantageous;
  • A commitment to Ngāi Tahu Farming's quadruple bottom line;
  • An awareness and understanding of Ngāi Tahu values and a willingness to learn tikanga and te reo Māori.

Ngāi Tahu Farming is committed to kia hoki ora atu; ensuring everyone is home safe every day, so before starting with us, you will go through a range of checks, including drug and alcohol testing.

We will consider and actively encourage internal and external secondments. To apply, please follow the link below and submit your application online. For confidential enquiries, please contact Amanda Davison, People and Development Advisor on 03 974 0088 or

Please note: You will not be able to apply from a mobile device and your resume should not exceed 1MB in size.

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!

Job Details : Refence # 12922
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