General Manager

General managers are responsible for managing and carrying out duties associated with the long-term and day-to-day duties of commercial farms involving animals and livestock. They lead operations by directing and coordinating activities such as animal care, farm maintenance, payroll and record keeping. General managers have a strong understanding of all operations on a farm and will assist when needed.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Lead and manage the overall operation of a farm
  • Develop quality working relationships with all team members
  • Schedule employees based on their respective departments and strengths
  • Perform price negotiations with venders, suppliers and retailers
  • Monitor and maintain animal health
  • Make recommendations on the best practices for cattle raising, growth and health
  • Understand financials and ensure that the farm is running according to budget
  • Plan and assist in management of the slaughterhouse, processing and packaging facilities and related infrastructure
  • Assist with practical duties such as driving tractors, operating machinery and feeding animals
  • Purchase supplies necessary for the farm
  • Manage the regular maintenance and repair of facility equipment
  • Solve problems as they arise and help farm staff
  • Ensure that operations follow applicable health and safety standards
  • Develop positive relationships with vendors and suppliers
  • Create work schedules and provide clear definition of roles, responsibilities and expectations
  • Hire, lead and supervise farming team members and related subcontractors

Recommended High School Courses:

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

Education/Training Required:

A degree is not required to become a general manager; however, previous hands-on farming experience is necessary. In some cases, an associate or bachelor’s degree in animal science, agricultural business, farm business management or a related field is beneficial.

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