My background includes leading operations, processes, and employees to drive the success of both small- and large-scale farms. From overseeing the care of animals and managing feeding schedules to supervising crop development and maintaining inventories.
I have comprehensive knowledge about various farming procedures and operating agricultural equipment, along with the best quality seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides. Along with this, I have experience in in cross-breeding of livestock, horticultural techniques, and handling sales of beef and poultry farm products and am able to provide excellent livestock care and maintain a report on their health conditions, as well as overseeing comprehensive management; supervising feeding and veterinary care for animals, tracking inventories and ordering supplies as needed, and hiring and leading workers to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity on the farm. Also, I am capable of interpreting excel spreadsheets, performing financial analysis and drafting reports.
I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity whereby I raised broilers for the live and slaughter markets, had my own small flock of sheep (Meat Masters) and fattened up bulls for market.
In addition, I have been fortunate in providing my consulting talents on two significant occasions, as mentioned in my resume. This, I feel, has been a great achievement.
English is my home language, and because South Africa is a culturally diverse nation, my other language skills include Afrikaans and isiZulu.
My skills in a team and operational leadership have been finely honed, and I am confident my additional strengths will readily translate to your environment.
Resolve and assist with implementing ways of improvement for improved quality and cost
Makes work schedules for departments
Actively work to introduce new concepts
Implement government policy statement and accompanying principles
Observe all company rules, regulations and procedures including housekeeping, quality of work and safety
Assume an active role in providing constructive input to design concept meetings and de-sign review meetings
Participate in continuous improvement activity
Perform other duties as assigned or necessary to meet business conditions or changes
Regularly work to close tolerances in manufacturing
Rental and sales of portable chemical toilets, trainer toilets, VIP trainer toilets and sheds to the construction industry, social occasions and major events
Distributer of biological and enzyme cleaning solutions
Raised broiler chickens for the live and slaughter markets.
Flock management of a small flock of sheep (Meat Masters)
Buying of weaner bulls at auctions, fattened them up for market.
Planted butternut and maize for the cash crop market.
Consultation on appropriate seeds, soil conditions, irrigation, fertiliser, pest and weed control for crops
General management of the farm, sugar cane and bell peppers, irrigation fertilising, de-weeding and weedicides, irrigation schedules and harvesting.
Managing farm hands and seasonal workers to ensure that day-to-day operations are run efficiently to maximise best quality of harvest, including the collection and storing of crops.
Ensuring farm structures, fences, machinery, equipment and irrigation systems are operational Maintaining farming records and ensuring contractual obligations are met
Liaising with purchasers, ensuring that produce is dispatched per contractual obligations, and invoices issued
Controlling farm operations commensurate with budgets
Comprehensive knowledge about various farming procedures and operating agricultural equipment:
Managed crop production 30 ha cabbages, 20,000 seedling planted per week; 40ha Mondial potatoes; 120ha sugar can, dryland 75ha per season; feed maize; 205ha timber – mixed Gum and Wattle; 100 head cattle, 60 speculating cattle and 60 breeding herd of Red Angus and Brangus
Collaborated with various farming communities and small business owners to develop partnerships for products created from beef and vegetable farms
Arranged for transport to transfer crops from field to factory basements before sending the stock for further refinement
Trained a group of 50 individuals to carry out cultivation of greenhouse plantations and horticultural techniques
Conducted seminars for farmers within the area to give advice on health maintenance of livestock, cultivating techniques and financial planning
Participated in the commercial farming and livestock operations for 2500 head of cattle; two studs; Simbrah and Simmental. Farm acreage 9,000ha of dry grazing land
Participated in the necessary farming chores such as feeding livestock, transporting milk for pasteurizing, harvesting crops, grooming cattle and maintaining their stalls as per need
Improved livestock health, in particular for calf by teaching the farmers alternate methods to nurture by providing appropriate sanitation, ventilation and veterinary care