In Summary - Herd Manager - Dairy
Herd Manager - Dairys typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Herd Manager - Dairy
Herd manager is an entry level managerial role where the individual has a significant level of responsibility for herd management. As herd manager, you may be required to work as part of a team to implement the agreed farm management plan.
Responsibilities with some guidance from the farm manager/farm owner include:
- Grassland management - grass measurement, budgeting, allocation
- Milking operation - ensuring clean hygienic milking equipment at all times, having a calm milking environment and good cow flow
- Stock management - implementing the agreed plan for calf rearing and breeding, recording health events.
- Machinery duties - spreading fertiliser/slurry, feeding
- Maintenance - fencing etc.
- Task supervision, direction of farm staff/casual staff/contractors where appropriate
- Herd recording and administration
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.
- Determine types or quantities of crops or livestock to be raised, according to factors such as market conditions, federal programs or incentives, or soil conditions.
- Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.
- Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
- Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for farm or ranch products.
- Hire, train, or supervise workers engaged in planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, or marketing crops, or in raising livestock.
- Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.
- Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.
- Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.
- Monitor pasture or grazing land use to ensure that livestock are properly fed or that conservation methods, such as rotational grazing, are used.
Interests - Herd Manager - Dairy
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Personal attributes required for this role include: ‘can do’ attitude, ability to use initiative and people skills.
- Milking operation
- Stock husbandry
- Herd health and welfare
- Grassland management
- Health and safety compliance
- Work organisation
- Task supervision
- Herd recording / administration
Entry Requirements - Herd Manager - Dairy
The recommended educational qualifications for this role is Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management programme) and Two years on-farm experience with high performance host farmers.
On-going personal development, knowledge and skills acquisition are essential. Suggested training includes: Macra courses, discussion group participation, attendance at Teagasc Open days/seminars/conference etc.
To progress to become a farm manager either on your home farm or via employment, you should consider taking the Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course.
Last Updated: July, 2015
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National Skills Bulletin 2018