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Farm Manager

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€18k > 52 
Farm Manager
Salary Range
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€18 - 52 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Farmers

Also included in this category:

Agricultural technicians; herd managers

Number Employed:

84,500

Part time workers: 14%
Aged over 55: 54%
Male / Female: 92 / 8%
Non-Nationals: 1%
With Third Level: 11%
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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and manages the running of a farm.


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1Total Records: 3

Denis Reidy
Farmer - Dairy  
Denis works as an Assistant Farm Manager just outside Cork. He comes from an agricultural background and completed the Advanced Certificate in Farm Management course run by Teagasc and certified by FETAC.
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Bryan Daniels
Farmer - Dairy  
After completing his Leaving Cert in Kilkenny College, Bryan went to Kildalton College to achieve an Certificate in Agriculture, and subsequently a Certificate in Farming. Coming from a farming background, Bryan has achieved several awards for the quality of his Farming.
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Kieran Magee
Farm Manager - Dry Stock  

Kieran Magee is a Dry Stock Farmer working in Gigginstown, Co Westmeath. He spent two years in Ballyhaise Agriculture College (Cavan), doing a Vocational Certificate in Agriculture. This was a FETAC accredited course run by Teagasc and recognised all over the world. He then took a 4 year Farm Management Course in Kildalton Agriculture and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, run by FETAC in conjunction with Teagasc.

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The Work header image

Farm managers are responsible for making the daily decisions required for the smooth and efficient running of a farm. The manager is also involved in forward planning and policy decisions.  
 
Farm manager  is a progression from herd manager taking on more responsibility requiring a greater skill set. You are responsible for all aspects of production, stock, environmental and staff management. You have a significant level of farm management responsibility and will generally be involved in the budgeting process. You regularly communicate with the farm owner.

Farm management is essentially commercial, and making a profit is the central aim so budgeting, keeping careful records of financial transactions and making decisions about sales and purchase of farm equipment, agricultural products, crops and livestock, are important elements of the manager's work.  

Although they are, in theory, practical managers rather than administrators, farm managers have to handle paperwork. Depending on the size of the farm they may have the assistance of clerical and secretarial staff. Supervisors are often employed to give instructions to farm workers and to ensure that work is proceeding satisfactorily. The farm manager also handles matters of recruitment and dismissal. To cope with problems, farm managers need a good understanding of practical farming.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.

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Determine types or quantities of crops or livestock to be raised, according to factors such as market conditions, federal programs or incentives, or soil conditions.

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Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.

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Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.

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Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for farm or ranch products.

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Hire, train, or supervise workers engaged in planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, or marketing crops, or in raising livestock.

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Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.

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Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.

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Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.

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Monitor pasture or grazing land use to ensure that livestock are properly fed or that conservation methods, such as rotational grazing, are used.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The ability to relate well to people is as important as an interest in agriculture because you will have overall responsibility for staff. Forward thinking, target driven individuals with good interpersonal skills suit this role.

Farm Managers must be capable of carrying out the normal routine duties on the farm and must be able to interpret market demands and fluctuations. They must have detailed knowledge of farm accounting, farm planning and farm financing.

Essential Skills 

  • Administrative herd and farm recording
  • Nutrient management planning and soil fertility
  • Using reports to review farm performance and target improvements
  • Financial management - understanding and maintaining cash flow records
  • People - supervise and organise work rotas including daily duties
  • Farm (e.g. food safety, hygiene, environmental) and industry (e.g. quality, milk composition) compliance
  • Responsibility for grassland, herd management (including nutrition), and milking operation
  • ICT skills are increasingly valuable.


Entry Routesheader image

Recommended qualifications:

  • Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
  • Level 7 or 8 degree (majoring in Agriculture)
  • 3 to 4 years on-farm experience.

In terms of continuous professional development, suggested training includes business management, strategic planning and human resources and team leadership.

To progress to becoming a farm business manager or owning your own dairy business, you should develop the specific competencies and experiences necessary to fulfil this role.

Agricultural colleges offer relevant courses. Teagasc offers a range of courses at different levels. Check the course lists on this page.

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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