As operations manager you’ll be responsible for ensuring the business runs efficiently and that all parts are working towards achieving goals and targets. You’ll have sound financial, strategic and farm system capabilities.
Operations managers are in charge of farm management and often responsible for planning, reviewing, executing and reporting against the overall business goals.
You’ll develop, implements and monitors policies for feeding, including cropping, pasture (management and renovation) and supplement.
You’ll set milking policy, with the aim of driving efficient work routine, and production. You’ll develop and communicate the milk harvesting policy for the farm; and monitor and analyse milk production results and milk quality, and takes appropriate actions.
You’ll set a health, calving and mating plan, and evaluates outcomes and take appropriate action.
You are responsible for wages, recruitment, employment law and liable for any legal oversight.
You’ll set, manage and monitor environmental and effluent management plans.
You can identify key risks to the business, sets business performance targets and goals; and analyse benchmarking results to improve farm performance.
Dairy farming is many jobs.
Operations managers are often associated with a large-scale dairy farming business that have a number of farms.
Operational roles are strategic in nature and are directly responsible for returning farm/shareholder profits and ascertaining long term farm viability.
With over five years’ on-farm experience, having worked effectively as farm manager, you will have gained expertise in all the required elements needed for productive farm management.
You will also have considerable experience in managing staff, and be able to communicate effectively at all levels of the business.
Training and study
The following formal and informal training is additional to the experience you’ve gained and training and study you might complete in a previous roles.
Polytechnics: Wintec, Ara, EIT, SIT, Toi Ohomai
- Diploma in Agribusiness Management – HR Module
- Resource Management & Planning Module
- Business Financial Planning and Management Module
- Mastitis Management
- Effluent Management Planning
- Farmers as Trainers
- BAgSci, B Ag, BVetSci, BCom
- AgriOne Short Courses
- Tactical Risk Management
- Farming Systems
- Precision Dairying
- Online Discussion Group
- Regional Groups
- Annual Conference
- Financial Capability
- Water Efficiency on farm
- Building your Team Webinar
- Dairy Days DVDs
Given the high level of skills and experience needed, it is not unusual for many operations managers to move straight to farm ownership.
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