Dairy Farm Manager

Dairy farm managers are responsible for managing all aspects of a dairy farm including farming operations, staff and animal care. They plan and direct all milking phases on the farm while ensuring animal health and safety. Dairy farm managers also perform administrative functions such as scheduling employees, purchasing supplies, performing payroll and preparing budgets as needed.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Perform daily care for dairy animals including feeding schedules
  • Plan and direct all milking phases on the farm and implement processes as required
  • Oversee milking operations and schedule
  • Organize the sale and collection of milk supplies
  • Maintain facilities, grounds and equipment
  • Assign staff roles and responsibilities
  • Treat and care for sick animals
  • Assist with the breeding and calving of dairy livestock
  • Prepare farm budgets that balance production and costs
  • Ensure that farm vehicles and equipment are well maintained
  • Train new employees on feeding, handling and other duties
  • Order feed, supplies and equipment for the farm, herd and employees
  • Discuss needs and problems with sales and service representatives
  • Work with outside contractors, farm advisers and veterinarians
  • Ensure the dairy farm follows all health and safety regulations
  • Stay updated on new farm technologies and dairy practices
  • Keep thorough records of vaccinations, illness, medications, breeding, etc.

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, particularly animal science and agricultural mechanics
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • business
  • personal finance

Education/Training Required:

Typically, extensive experience working on a dairy farm is usually required. However, an associate or bachelor’s degree in any livestock- or animal agriculture-related field or agribusiness would be an asset.

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