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Responsible for care of the dairy herd and maintenance of all facilities related to dairy production.


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Herd manager is an entry level managerial role where the individual has a significant level of responsibility for herd management. As herd manager, you may be required to work as part of a team to implement the agreed farm management plan.

Responsibilities with some guidance from the farm manager/farm owner include:

  • Grassland management - grass measurement, budgeting, allocation
  • Milking operation - ensuring clean hygienic milking equipment at all times, having a calm milking environment and good cow flow
  • Stock management - implementing the agreed plan for calf rearing and breeding, recording health events.
  • Machinery duties - spreading fertiliser/slurry, feeding
  • Maintenance - fencing etc.
  • Task supervision, direction of farm staff/casual staff/contractors where appropriate
  • Herd recording and administration
 


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Personal attributes required for this role include: ‘can do’ attitude, ability to use initiative and people skills.

Skills required:

  • Milking operation
  • Stock husbandry
  • Herd health and welfare
  • Grassland management
  • Health and safety compliance
  • Work organisation
  • Task supervision
  • Herd recording / administration


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The recommended educational qualifications for this role is Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management programme) and Two years on-farm experience with high performance host farmers.

On-going personal development, knowledge and skills acquisition are essential. Suggested training includes: Macra courses, discussion group participation, attendance at Teagasc Open days/seminars/conference etc.

To progress to become a farm manager either on your home farm or via employment, you should consider taking the Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course.

Last Updated: July, 2015


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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