Patrick Ryan

  • Head Shepherd, experienced shepherd, shepherd general
  • South Island, New Zealand
  • Jul 12, 2021
Full time Drystock

Personal Summary

To whom it may concern, 

My name is Patrick Ryan, 

I am a 29 year ambitious man from Rotorua New Zealand. I grew up in Atiamuri on my parents dairy farm and have always had a passion for farming, animals and the outdoors. 

My soon to be wife and I are flying to the South Island on the 24th of July this year and are hoping to attend job interviews between July 25th and July 31st, before we tie the knot in Wanaka on the 1st of August this year. We are hoping to secure a job while we are down south and would be looking to relocate at the start of September. 

Even before we both met it has been a dream of ours to move to the South Island and eventually buy a block of land down there. We both have a huge love for rugged hill country, and native bush. We are finally in a position to pursue this dream. 

We have no dependent children as yet but we do come with a bit of a zoo. We have an R2 house cow named Esmeralda, she is a speckle park cross. We also have three very well house trained cats and I have two semi retired dogs that still work small shifts and in the yards. We also have two Cairn terriers and a 3 legged pet dog, we provide all food, vet bills and kennels for said animals, all are well behaved around farm animals and we are happy to pay grazing for Esmeralda, but they are very important to us, no man left behind. 

My working team of dogs include two broken in heading dogs and one in training, and Two broken in Hunterways and two in training. 

My partner, Aimee, also comes with her own set of useful skills including tractor work, fencing, yard work, docking, weaning and most areas of casual farming and horticulture, she has 5 seasons dairy farming under her belt and was also born and raised on farms in Okoroire and Pongaroa so she’s not afraid of a hard days work. Her ideal job would be a station cook, and I can vouch for her that she’d have some very happy people eating her food if she does land such a job. But she’s happy and able to find any job at all around the area. 

I look forward to speaking with potential employers and setting up interviews and look forward to meeting you. 

Warm regards, 

Pat Ryan 

Work Experience

Head Shepherd

I was running Manunui station in Central North Island finishing lambs all year round. At the time we were running
2200 yearling steers and 6000 ewes. There are many aspects in this job I enjoyed, ie; stock recs and rotations as
well as organizing the two shepherds daily.

Junior shepherd

I was a junior shepherd on Moerangi station where I learnt about sheep beef and deer. I was fresh out of high school, this was a brilliant first job.

Senior shepherd
Oct 2013 - Nov 2017 HORIZONS

I thoroughly enjoyed this job in which I worked closely with the manager, and was free to make decisions and create feeding rotations for the bulls and sheep.

Mar 2012 - Oct 2013 HORIZONS

Ti Wai was a 500 ha and small enough to run alone, my manager at the time was losing his eye sight so while I was there I did all his stock movement and grazing planning. After the manager lost his eye sight,
my job was disestablished, due to a new manager coming in.

Jul 2011 - Dec 2011 Shepherd

Te Kumu station in the back of Mataroa 45 minutes from Taihape. I honed my mustering skills and it taught
me alot about dog work and stockmanship. Sadly, I left there as I was clashing with the manager at the time and also needed knee surgey.


- Jan 2015 Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
- Jan 2009 Rotorua Boys' High School