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    Calf Rearing Manager

Reference no: 8HR1428
Posted: 12 Oct 2021
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Northland, New Zealand
Duration: Permanent- Full Time
Start Date: Jan 2022

Once in a while the opportunity of a career comes along…and if you are passionate about raising quality calves for both replacement and beef rearing then this is the chance for you. 

Mid North Farms is committed to sustainable and profitable farming in Northland and includes within its portfolio substantial dairy and beef units. Based at Awarua, on a drystock unit, the calf rearing facility will take about 2500 four-day-old calves from the dairy farms from both spring and autumn calving herds. 

On offer is the chance to run this significant operation, managing and co-ordinating all calf rearing activities.  This starts with working closely with dairy farm managers who are raising calves to four-days-old and then managing the transfer and ongoing rearing of the calves on-site at the specialist calf rearing facility.  The measure of your success will be healthy at-weight calves delivered on time and to budget. 

To achieve this, you’ll recruit and lead a team of specialist calf rearers and produce the daily, weekly and seasonal work plans.  Taking a pro-active approach to calf health and welfare needs will be second nature to you, along with a great understanding of what it takes to grow thriving animals that will perform well both as young and mature stock. 

Needless to say, you will have significant calf rearing experience, ideally already have been in a leadership or management role and will be ready to take responsibility for this significant and critical part of the Mid North Farm business.  From operational expertise to managing records, administration, planning and leadership, this is a role that will enable the job holder to demonstrate their expertise and contribute in a very meaningful way to the business. This is a hands-on role and will require a high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as patience and calmness. 

We would like the appointee to be part of designing and establishing the new facilities plus the management procedures and protocols for its operation. 

On offer are two housing options, one on farm and the other on a nearby farm and a remuneration package that will reflect your experience along with the potential opportunity for work for your partner to transport calves and milk to the unit from the supplying dairy farms within the Mid North Farms business. 

Want to know more? Take a look at the job description here and click Apply today to register your interest!