The Dairy Farm Role Descriptions Guide defines on-farm roles and describes the experience, level of supervision, skills, knowledge and attributes expected in the five key on-farm role categories:
- farm assistant
- herd manager
- assistant manager
- farm manager
- operations manager/business manager
The guide identifies opportunities for formal and informal training in each role, helping both employers and employees to create training plans.
The job descriptions have been developed in association with DairyNZ, Primary ITO, New Zealand Young Farmers, Dairy Women’s Network, Federated Farmers and the Primary Industry Capability Alliance (PICA) and are supported by all the dairy companies through DCANZ (Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand).
The dairy industry standard roles will be used consistently to align activities such as Primary ITO’s syllabus and training plans, farm role remuneration surveys, career advice and resources, farm staff recruitment, training and development.