Wanted: agricultural service providers keen on a challenge
Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00
Interested in a demanding career outdoors with lifelong learning and daily challenges? We are offering full- and part-time positions in land-based agri-food production. Two basic positions are available: livestock farmer and tillage farmer.
- Livestock farmer: You will have a full working knowledge of breeds, nutritional and housing requirements, grassland establishment and maintenance, and long-term landscape planning and management.
This will include a full understanding of livestock breeding and rearing requirements, milk removal, livestock transport and herding, and a working knowledge of veterinary procedures, general animal physiology and disease management.
- Tillage farmer: You will have a full working knowledge of integrated cropping systems, crop species and varieties, nutritional requirements, seed and crop storage, and transport requirements. Preferred candidates will have a detailed knowledge of pathogens and diseases, as well as a full working knowledge of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. An interest in plant pathology is desired.
For both positions, you will have considerable historical and current knowledge of soil science and chemistry, hydrology and land drainage, and extensive mechanical expertise.
You will have the ability to alter farming practices on a regular basis in order to satisfy rapidly changing social and economic conditions, local, national and international (random) political decisions, continually modifying farming practices, increasing energy and ecological demands (local, national and global), seasonal weather conditions, supermarket and consumer demands, media reports, and a full working knowledge of expense, salary and revenue accountancy requirements.
Other essential skills include:
A working knowledge of:
- European water framework, nitrates, pesticides, waste, transport, and wildlife directives.
- European landscape and planning conventions.
- Regional and local planning, transport and waste management regulations.
- International food production and quality control regulations and specific requirements.
- National farm advisory standards.
- On-farm (whatever about personal) hygiene.
- Food storage conditions and disinfection procedures.
- Complex equipment maintenance.