Block Manager - Salary Plus Overtime

  • Lone Star Farms Ltd
  • Middlemarch, Otago, New Zealand
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full time Drystock

Job Description

Block Manager

About the farm

The Wandle is situated 12 km north of Middlemarch, just over an hour from Dunedin. The farm runs approximately 17,000 stock units over 2500 hectares, ranging from tussock country to irrigated flats. This is a progressive business incorporating breeding stock along with several different finishing and value add enterprises on the 700 irrigated hectares. A large portion of the lamb finishing is part of the Headwaters Lumina lamb programme. We are a team of 6 permanent staff plus casuals.

About the job

This role will encompass management of a mixed dryland and irrigated Block plus input into the strategic running of the whole property. There is opportunity here for the successful candidate to further develop their pasture and stock management capabilities and chase performance in both these areas. We are seeking a dedicated Block Manager is keen to really drive performance on this block and work to improve the asset. There is a heap of opportunity within this business for someone to develop and round out their skillset in a short period of time.

Duties will include

  • Implementing the whole farm plan on your block
  • feed budgeting, record keeping, stock rotation planning
  • general stock work
  • farm maintenance and repairs
  • weed and pest monitoring and control

This position will work closely with the Stock Manager and other staff and would be expected to take a leadership role with junior staff.

About you

  • Energetic, positive attitude, excellent attention to detail.
  • Motivated to initiate and drive your own development.
  • Proven stockmanship with a sound dog team.
  • Competent with technology and record keeping.
  • Experience with feed budgeting and computer skills, or a willingness to develop these skills.
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to both understand and deliver instructions.
  • Enjoy seeing the outcomes of your hard work.
  • Forward thinking and well organised
  • Conscientious about Health and Safety best practice.

On offer

There is a primary school bus from the front gate, and secondary from Middlemarch. With one of our boundaries being the Taieri River and the other being the Rock and Pillar conservation area there are many recreational activities on our doorstep. Also, on offer is:

  • Ongoing training and support to enable career growth and development in all areas of stock, land, and people management
  • A fun and positive work environment
  • Competitive renumeration package plus overtime
  • Variety of work
  • Tidy 4-bedroom house
  • We share performance results with all staff so the whole team can appreciate the outcomes of their hard work

Lone Star Farms has health and safety management systems in place and provides a safe and drug free workplace.  The successful applicant may be required to undergo a pre-employment drug test.


Further information

Visit our website For more information on this role please contact Angus Barr on 0275094000.

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Applications for this position must have NZ residency or valid NZ work visa.