Farm Managers – also known as Agricultural managers – are responsible for making sure that work happens on farm estates.
Farm managers need to have technical and practical competence, as well as the ability to make sound business decisions. Farms are typically run by management companies or single-owner farmers.
Employers of Farm Managers
A range of organizations employ farm managers, including:
- large estates;
- agricultural colleges;
- scientific research institutes;
- the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
- large food-producing companies;
- smaller farms;
- fresh produce companies;
- farm management companies.
- forward planning
- making policy decisions
- budgeting and maintaining accurate financial records
- organizing sales and purchases of livestock, farm equipment, crops and agricultural products
- handling paperwork and keeping administrative records
- recruiting, training/instructing and supervising farm workers
- making sure that work progresses satisfactorily
- ensuring compliance with government regulations and health and safety standards
- keeping an up-to-date knowledge of pests and diseases
- ensuring that the farm is profitable and meets projected financial targets
- organizing maintenance/repair of farm property, equipment and machinery
- advertising and marketing farm products or the work of the farmer
Previous hands-on farming experience and technical knowledge are as important as academic qualifications.
A degree is greatly valued and most farm managers hold at least a degree or a diploma in agriculture or a related subject such as:
- agricultural engineering;
- crop management;
- farm business management;
- land/estate management.
- knowledge of food production;
- organizational and time management skills;
- ability to work under pressure;
- supervisory skills and management ability;
- numerical aptitude;
- willingness to be outside in all weathers and patience to undertake all sorts of practical, sometimes repetitive jobs;
- full driving licence;
- self-motivation and the ability to motivate others;
- larger-scale business awareness;
- marketing skills;
- negotiation skills;
- genuine commitment to farming;
- IT skills;
- good technical knowledge.