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Description: Farm workers do agricultural work with livestock, crops or machinery. This can require technology skills.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Farm managers organise the work on farms, or parts of farms, efficiently and profitably.
Salary: £20000.00 to £50000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Forestry workers work in forests and woodland, for instance planting, thinning, harvesting trees. They use heavy machinery.
Salary: £15000.00 to £27000.00
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
Description: Shepherds look after flocks of sheep, almost always outside in fields or on the hills. They look after all aspects of the flock – health and welfare, breeding lambing, feed, flock development. They maintain digital records of the flock.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable with weekends, early mornings and evening work.
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Description: A stockman takes care of the farm livestock which may be beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, poultry, see shepherd for sheep). It can also be with lesser known stock for instance deer. A stockman also maintains records of the stock and this may be electronically.
Salary: £13000.00 to £25000.00 average per year
Hours: Very variable, and can include early mornings, evenings and weekends.
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Description: Agricultural machinery operator, combine harvester driver, crop sprayer. Tractor drivers operate farm machinery used to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: 40 to 48 per week

Farmer / Farm Manager

Description: Farm managers organise the work on farms, or parts of farms, efficiently and profitably.
Salary: £20000.00 to £50000.00 per year
Hours: Variable

Entry Requirements

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.

Skills Required

  • 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

Typical Day

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.

Career Path

With experience, you could move into other areas, like agricultural advisory work for government bodies, consultancy or teaching.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor