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Helping you find a career as a Farm manager

As a farm manager you will either work with animal production, crop or dairy production, though there is chance you could work with all three. Your job will be to implement strategies for maximum yields of produce, to carry out admin work, work with specialised machinery and manage any staff.


What does a Farm manager do?
You’ll need to:
  • Calculate a breakeven point in order to maintain farming production

  • Plan finances to ensure that you are cooperating with the budget

  • Do practical activities, e.g. drive tractors, feed livestock, operate machinery

  • Advertise the farm’s product

  • Check stock and order supplies when necessary, e.g. fertiliser and seeds

  • Run regular maintenance checks on farm buildings, machinery and equipment

  • Organise training for new staff members

  • Maintain and monitor the quality of yield

  • Stay on top of weather forecasts and make contingency plans when necessary

  • Ensure that products are ready for deadlines

  • Review the current government legislation to ensure that your farming activities are compliant

  • Monitor animal health and welfare

  • Maintain an understanding of pests and diseases, e.g. their causes and treatment

  • Apply health and safety regulations across the estate

  • Aim to and maintain biodiversity on the farm

  • Stay on top of financial records
What skills and interests should an Farm manager have?
  • A knowledge of food production, e.g. awareness of the market, food standards and sustainability

  • Great organisational and time-management skills

  • The ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • Management abilities

  • Strong numerical aptitude

  • Happy to be out in harsh weathers

  • A full driving licenses

  • Motivation

  • Negotiating skills

  • IT skills

  • A commitment to animal welfare

  • An understanding of the environmental impact on farming

  • Care and attention to the impact of farming on the local environment.
What hours does a Farm manager typically do?
This is a very hands-on job and you may be on call day and night. The work pattern is seasonally influenced often with 16+ hour days at peak times, e.g. harvesting and lambing.
What environment is a Farm manager based in?
A farm! You can expect a lot of outdoor work, as well as indoor admin work.
How much does a Farm manager travel?
Travel during the working day may be necessary, but it is not likely to be every day. Additionally, where farming companies and growers have interests abroad then there may be opportunities to work abroad.
How much does a Farm manager get paid?
Starting out as an assistant farm manager or a trainee may expect to start on salaries of £20,000 to £22,000. Once you have finished your training, salaries can range from £23,000 to £35,000.

With a large amount of experience (more than ten to fifteen years) that you can expect to earn £50,000. If you then move on to a more advisory role, then pay may reach £70,000.
Perks & benefits
Often farm managers will be offered the following benefits:
  • Private health insurance

  • Pension scheme

  • The option to work at home

  • A vehicle

  • A company phone

  • Performance bonus
What qualifications does a Farm manager need?
Experience is likely to be of a greater value to employers than qualifications when it comes to this field. However, a degree proves that you want to deepen your knowledge and you are likely to experience opportunities for work experience while pursuing a degree in farming.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Agricultural engineering

  • Crop management

  • Farm business management

  • Horticulture

  • Land/estate management
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