Sheep Breeding/Drystock Manager

  • Rural Directions
  • Taupo, New Zealand
  • Apr 28, 2021
Full time Drystock

Job Description


Southern Cross as a sister company and supplier to Maui Milk has been founded on passion, innovation and hard work. Both businesses are leaders in the emerging sheep dairy industry in New Zealand, bringing pure wholesome sheep milk products to the world. Established in 2015, Southern Cross Dairy Sheep includes the country’s leading genetic programme with a new, recognised breed of dairy sheep - Southern Cross™ and a supplier to Maui Milk of both milking ewes and milk.  Maui Milk has a rapidly expanding supply base with Danone and their foundation customer who are global leaders in childhood nutrition where their sheep milk is used in their Karicare™ brand of infant formula.

For more information on Maui Milk please follow this link


Southern Cross now requires a Sheep Breeding/Drystock Manager. You will be responsible for the management of the breeding/drystock operation of 630ha, which may grow in time. A crucial aspect of this role will be growing out the young stock – both ewe and ram hoggets with the goal to have top quality ewe hoggets in lamb ready for the new season milk suppliers.

You will work closely with the Management team including the Dairy Farm Manager, GM Farming and the Genetics team to manage the two ewe flocks - the multiplier flock (year-round) and the nucleus breeding ewes (once dried off). 

There is also a cattle trading element to this role.


In order to succeed in this role you would require:

  • The ability to feed and grow out stock to a high level to ensure they reach set tupping and mating weights.
  • Knowledge of Lucerne, plantain and chicory crops.
  • Good attention to detail with some previous sheep stud experience - this would be beneficial for performance recording and working with the Genetics team.
  • A sound understanding of animal health.


There is an excellent remuneration package on offer, with a warm tidy 3-4 bedroom home.

Waikino Station is located on the Western Shores of Lake Taupo where there is an abundance of recreational activities to enjoy in the Taupo region including land, water and mountain activities. Central Taupo is a 50-minute drive away.

There are several local primary schools and high school in Turangi along with high schooling options in Taupo, with a bus available a short drive away.


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Please feel free to contact the Rural Directions team in confidence on 06 871 0450 or email   (Reference #656127)


Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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