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Dairy Industry Standard Roles

The industry-agreed dairy farm role descriptions (DISR) create clear and consistent role expectations for employers and employees.

Developed in association with DairyNZ, Primary ITO, New Zealand Young Farmers, Dairy Women’s Network, Federated Farmers and the Primary Industry Capability Alliance, it describes the experience, level of supervision, skills, knowledge and attributes expected in the five key on-farm role categories. It also identifies opportunities for formal and informal training in each role.

This agreed standard role definition provides a common framework and language, that helps align various industry activities such as Primary ITO’s syllabus and training plans; farm role remuneration surveys; career advice support and resources; and farm staff recruitment, training and development.

To help you compare the skills that you or your employees have compared to those in the standard descriptions you can use the table below.

Development of the dairy farm role descriptions is just part of ensuring our industry is in good shape to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Tip: Why not use this table to improve efficiency and motivation on your farm by creating a Training Plan or Job Description for yourself and your employees?

Level of Supervision

Farm Assistant
Generally under full supervision

Herd Manager
Requires limited supervision

Assistant Manager
Requires minimal supervision

Farm Manager
Operates with minimal input from owner

 Business / Ops Manager
N/A

Skills, Knowledge and Attributes

 

Farm Productivity

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

Business Management

Human Resources

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

Natural Resources

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

Operating Environment (Infrastructure)

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

Training

This section outlines formal and informal learning opportunities that are available to address skills gaps in each of the standard role definitions.

  • Formal learning is defined as NZQA accredited
  • Non-Formal is defined as professionally delivered interventions that are not NZQA accredited (note, in some cases these may be credited against formal training).
  • Informal is defined as self-applied (eg printed or online documentation)

Formal Learning

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

 

Non-Formal Learning

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

Informal Learning

Farm Assistant

Herd Manager

Assistant Manager

Farm Manager

Business/Ops Manager

Supported by:

Primary ITO;   Dairy Womens Network;   NZ Young Farmers;   PICA;   DCANZ   Federated Farmers;