Experienced Shepherd

  • Big Hill Station
  • 1066 Big Hill Road, Kereru, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Feb 11, 2021
Full time Drystock

Job Description

Big Hill Station

Big Hill Station is a 2,700Ha hill country sheep and beef farm in the Kereru district 35 minutes West of Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

There is around 2,000Ha effective with the remainder being native bush. The contour ranges from medium to steep hill country with a small proportion of easy cultivatable land and is worked in conjunction with 2 other properties closer to Hastings.

We have a nucleus flock/herd 7,300 Romney ewes and 300 Angus breeding cattle. This is complemented by trading and fattening lambs and cattle.

We are looking for a keen person to join our young team. Someone who is passionate about farming, has good work ethic and a willingness to learn. It is also essential to have a good sense of humour.

The role would be to work in with the general and operations manager with all day-to-day tasks on farm. Most of the job would involve stock work including mustering, yard work with both sheep and cattle as well as all other aspects of animal husbandry. Over the quieter times there will be some general work involving fencing, repairs and maintenance.

The ideal candidate would have at least a couple years of experience working on a sheep and beef farm. You would need at least 2 capable working dogs, though there is scope to challenge a larger team.

The hope is this position will develop along with the successful applicant’s ability to take on more responsibility.

Accommodation (possibly shared) in furnished 3-bedroom quarters is available initially, with other options possibly available.

Remuneration will be based on experience.

Next to the Ruahine ranges and the Ngaruroro river there is hunting and fishing right on the doorstep.

There are a couple of good pubs in Maraekakaho district which is a 20-minute drive away and the closest towns are Hastings, 35 minutes away and Havelock North 45 minutes.

For any questions about the job or the farm please don’t hesitate to get in touch.