Farmer / Farm Manager
There are no set requirements. You’ll need practical farming experience, gained by working as a supervisor, dairy or arable unit manager, or assistant manager.
Most farm managers have a qualification in agriculture, like a foundation degree, HND or degree in a subject like agriculture or farm business management. As farms use technology/computers, good IT skills are advantageous.
- Budgeting skills
- Business management skills
- The ability to organise and motivate staff
- The ability to find and develop new activities to keep the farm profitable
- IT skills
You could work on one of the main types of farm – livestock (Animals), arable (crops) or mixed (animals and crops).
Day to day tasks may include:
- Keeping financial and stock records
- Setting budget and production targets
- Planning how the farm will run
- Buying and selling animals or produce
- Recruiting, training and supervising staff
You may do practical farm work, like looking after livestock, driving tractors and other machinery, or harvesting crops. You may also have responsibility for other areas like a farm shop, horse riding facilities or tourist accommodation.
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
Your hours will vary depending on the time of year. At busy times, you’re likely to work long hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends.
You’ll work in an office and also outside in all weather conditions.
With experience, you could move into other areas, like agricultural advisory work for government bodies, consultancy or teaching.