While many people who choose to go dairy farming want to own their own farm one day, there are now many opportunities for career progression and participation in the farm business.

As well as on-farm career opportunities, there are also a number of options for those looking to become a rural professional or get involved in the extensive science, technology or research work undertaken within the industry.



On-farm options:

  • Farm assistant
  • Herd manager
  • Farm manager/senior herd manager (large farm)
  • Operations manager
  • Contract milker
  • Variable order sharemilker
  • 50/50 sharemilker
  • Equity manager and farm owner

Near-farm options:

  • Research scientist
  • Consulting officer
  • Farm advisor
  • Rural banker
To help plan your career in the New Zealand dairy industry, use the following information:
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