Block Manager (Waituna West) – Meads Farming Ltd

  • Rural Directions
  • May 10, 2024
Full time Drystock

Job Description

+        Located in the Manawatu, 25 minutes north of Feilding

+        Career progression and further responsibility available withing the business.

+        For further information on this role please visit



Meads Farming Ltd is a third-generation family-owned farming operation, running a mix of sheep, beef breeding and finishing with a small component of arable cropping, located in the Manawatu district. 

The farming business currently runs approximately 18,000 stock units across three blocks which are all within 25 minutes of Feilding. The three blocks are fully integrated, with the Waituna West block (1000ha) operating mainly as the breeding operation and feeding the progeny into both the Cheltenham (230ha) and Halcombe (540ha) farms, as they are principally finishing blocks.

Waituna West is 1000ha of easy hill country and is located 30km north of Feilding in the rural farming area of Waituna West. This farm is easy rolling hill country and has excellent stock handling facilities, very sound infrastructure, and good quality machinery for all farming operations.



Our clients are looking for a Block Manager that enjoys a semi-intensive farming environment with support from farm consultants, established networks and progressive thinking within the business.

Reporting directly to the Operation Manager, the Waituna West Block Manager will have day-to-day operational responsibility of the block which will require you to have strong stock and pasture management skills. You will also be responsible for growing out replacement ewe hoggets to targeted mating weights, requiring you to have strong attention to detail around feed management.

You will be working closely with the Operations Manager in all matters of policy and planning, including a monthly staff meeting where all team members are involved. A keen interest in the other two blocks is also expected.


Our client is looking for a Block Manger who is a good communicator with strong time management skills. Along with a willingness to learn the below are also key to success in this role:

·         Relevant experience in a management role within a farming business.

·         Feed budgeting; Grazing management planning; and Daily Operational planning skills.

·         4-5 broken in dogs under good control, with a couple of pups coming (preferred).

·         High standard of work, flexibility, and ability to build strong relationships.

·         Analytical, budgeting, and financial literacy skills.

·         Computer literate (Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint applications).

·         Be well organised and be prepared to be “hands on”.

·         Full Class 1 NZ Driver Licence



+        Salary Range is $75-$85k plus accommodation per annum depending on experience.  

+        Accommodation is a well-appointed four-bedroom home with a modern kitchen and bathroom.

+        For off farm work it is an easy 25-minute drive to Feilding and 35- minutes to Palmerston North.

+        The farm is 3km from both the local Waituna West Primary School and the bus pick up point for Feilding High School.

+        There is some hunting and fishing available locally and there is a good social community at Waituna West.

Applications are being reviewed as they are received

Only job seekers who have NZ working rights will be eligible for this role.