Senior Shepherd - Central Hawke's Bay

  • Rural Directions
  • Omakere, New Zealand
  • Oct 08, 2021
Full time Drystock

Job Description


Knobloch Farming Limited is a family owned business, located 20 minutes east of Waipawa, in the highly desirable Omakere district. The 2,312ha property encompasses 4 blocks that are run as one unit, it is a semi-intensive sheep, beef and deer farming operation with both breeding and finishing, currently running 20,000 stock units.


The position of the Senior Shepherd is to assist management with carrying out the day to day operational aspects of the Knobloch Farming business, with the key objective being to maximise the productivity and profitability of the property through sustainable farming practices.

The infrastructure on this property has been developed to a high standard, allowing this role to have a priority towards stock work with some general work to be completed when required.

There is a small inclusive team at Knobloch Farming. There will be times when you will work autonomously, making decisions and communicating these back to the team.


Along with relevant experience and a passion for the industry, the successful applicant will have:

  • A minimum of 4-5 years’ farming experience.
  • Excellent stockmanship skills, with a capable team of 5 working dogs
  • General skills experience, such as fencing & yard work.
  • Computer literacy - The farm is using FarmIQ for recording and reporting; experience with this system would be advantageous however not essential as you will be trained on this.
  • Good communication
  • Time management skills
  • The ability to be a self-starter and also work as a team player


Included in the competitive remuneration package, there is a recently built, warm, 3-bedroom home. There is a full deck along the front which the master bedroom and lounge open onto, and also a free-standing fire with wetback.

Knobloch Farming Ltd is located in the farming district of Omakere in Central Hawke’s Bay. It is a commutable distance to Waipawa, Waipukurau and Hastings. Pourerere Beach is a 15 minute drive away. Due to the location, there are multiple work and school options as well as plenty of recreational activities on offer.


To view a Job Information pack please visit (if the link doesn’t work please copy it into your web browser) or give the Rural Directions team a call on 06 871 0450 for a confidential chat (Ref# 799625).

Applications close Sunday 31st October2021

Due to border restrictions, we may only be able to consider job seekers currently residing in New Zealand with full work eligibility, or NZ Citizens/Residents returning home in 2021.