Harley Ware

  • Farm Manager/Stock Manager
  • Mossburn, New Zealand
  • Feb 17, 2021
Full time Other

Personal Summary

I am a hard working individual who is passionate about the Agricultural Industry. Leadership comes naturally to me and I place a strong emphasis on achieving goals either in a team environment or as an individual. You will find me to be reliable, trustworthy and honest. I am a strong communicator and I have great interpersonal skills. The above mentioned skills would make me an asset to any Business operation.Harley Ware

Po Box 109 


Email: mossburnfarm@gmail.com

Cell: 0272466008

16th February

To        ______

I would like to formally apply for the Managers position at             ______________

You would find me to be motivated, hardworking and honest should you choose to employ me in your business. I am strong on animal welfare and focused on good production practices whilst  looking after the land and environment.

I have a wife Rebekah and four kids aged 6-13. Rebekah is a trained Landscape Designer but at present she is employed as a teacher in Early Childhood at Riverstones in Lumsden. We view family as an important part of farming and we are looking for an employer with strong family values. 

Currently I am Stock Manager on  a family owned  farm called Christies Farm situated near Mossburn. The farm is 650 hectares and we have 5000 Mixed age Coopdale Ewes, 1400 hoggets, 55 Rams and 30 Hereford cross Steers. The ewes are wintered on a grass rotation, the 2 tooths and hoggets are wintered  on Swedes/Kale and we also winter 400 Dairy Cows on Kale and turnips and adlib balage. We are able to fatten around 7000 lambs and keep about 1400 ewe lambs as replacements. The cultivation work is predominantly completed by the Farm owner , with seeding being contracted out. Lambing is intensive with daily beats and mothering on. Tailers are contracted.

My role as Stock Manager involves planning stock rotational grazing, animal health, fencing maintenance, lamb weighing, looking after shearing and spraying contractors, assisting farm owner with fertilizer plans and winter crop planning.Also it involves putting my hand to whatever is needed eg firewood, weed control, vehicle maintenance etc. I have initiated the process of using Farm IQ and we are coming to grips with the software.

Previous to the above  role I have been employed as a Farm General for North Range Station( 1500 hectares) and as a 2ic on a Dairy Support block for 1000 r1s and 1000r2s.

At present I am completing a Level 5 Primary ITO Certificate in Production Management. Previously I have completed the Next Generation Programme with Beef and Lamb NZ and also a Level 3 Feeding Cert with Ag ITO. 

In the future I plan to join a local Catchment group if I can find one that will be of benefit. I often attend  workshops provided by Northern Southland Vets in our area. 

I have one eye dog and one Huntaway. My dogs are under good control. I am happy to increase my team if the work is there for them. At present our ewes are very free and having a large team is not desirable. I am not your classic Stock Manager who needs a massive team of Dogs. I am happy to focus on all areas of the role required. 

Outside of work I enjoy coaching kids rugby and keeping fit. I am a keen duck shooter and I have two labrador dogs.

I am looking for a role that will allow  me move to the next level in my career and help to grow my skills as a stockman and as a Manager. I am a strategic thinker and I like to use benchmarking and data to compare production across the farm in various areas. I am adaptable to any situation and would enjoy the challenge of working with Juniors and passing on knowledge and skills

Basically I am looking for a position that will challenge me and grow my skillset as a stock manager. My wife would be available to assist in a small capacity if the farm was agreeable to this.

I look forward to hearing from you if I have been successful in moving onto the next stage of the application process.


Harley Ware

● Liaison and communication with stakeholders and on farm contractors eg spraying, tailing and shearing
● Implementation of farm planning
● Management of staff
● Good stockmanship
● Pasture management
● Animal Health - drenching, vaccinating etc
● Fencing maintenance
● Break feeding
● Feed budgeting
● Crop growing
● Grazing rotations, lamb fattening
● Animal weighing
● Tractor driving
● Record keeping, reporting
● Farm IQ Software
● Dog work
● General farm maintenance
● Water reticulation

1997 - School Certificate (5 subjects)
1998 - Sixth Form Certificate (6 subjects)
2000 - NZQA Forestry Modules
2004 - Passed 4 out of 4 papers in the first semester of a Bachelor of
Sport and Recreation, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill
2008 - Diploma of Ministry Internship
2012 - Skills Active Group fitness Certificate
2013 - CrossFit Level One Certified Trainer
2014 - Weightlifting Certified Coach
2016 - Ag ITO Certificate - Animal Feeding
2019 - Beef and Lamb Next Generation Programme Participant
2020 - Production Management Primary ITO Level 5- ongoing