Operations Manager

Salary $120,000+

Operations Manager - Dairy Farming


As Operations Manager you’ll be responsible for ensuring the business runs efficiently and that all parts are working towards achieving goals and targets. You’ll have sound financial, strategic and farm system capabilities.

Operations Managers are often associated with a large-scale dairy farming business that have a number of farms. Operational roles are strategic in nature and are directly responsible for returning farm/shareholder profits and ascertaining long term farm viability.

With over five years’ on-farm experience, having worked effectively as Farm Manager, you’ll have gained expertise in all the required elements needed for productive farm management. You’ll also have considerable experience in managing staff and be able to communicate effectively at all levels of the business.

Given the high level of skills and experience needed, it’s not unusual for many Operations Managers to move straight to farm ownership.


Operations managers are in charge of farm management and often responsible for planning, reviewing, executing and reporting against the overall business goals.

You’ll develop, implements and monitors policies for feeding, including cropping, pasture (management and renovation) and supplement.

You’ll set milking policy, with the aim of driving efficient work routine, and production. You’ll develop and communicate the milk harvesting policy for the farm, and monitor and analyse milk production results and milk quality, and take appropriate actions.

Animal Health
You’ll set a health, calving and mating plan, evaluate outcomes and take appropriate action.

You’re responsible for wages, recruitment, employment law and liable for any legal oversight.

You’ll set, manage and monitor environmental and effluent management plans.

You’ll identify key risks to the business, set business performance targets and goals, and analyse benchmarking results to improve farm performance.

Career story

Operations Manager Graeme Blair says a good attitude and willingness are all you need to get started in dairy farming. With more than thirty years’ experience, he’s responsible for a wide range of tasks – from managing grazing stock to looking after the finances.

Additional Training


Polytechnics: Wintec, Ara, EIT, SIT, Toi Ohomai

  • Diploma in Agribusiness Management – HR Module
  • Resource Management & Planning Module
  • Business Financial Planning and Management Module
  • Mastitis Management
  • Effluent Management Planning
  • Farmers as Trainers


  • BAgSci, B Ag, BVetSci, BCom
  • AgriOne Short Courses
  • Tactical Risk Management
  • Farming Systems
  • Precision Dairying



  • Online Discussion Group
  • Regional Groups
  • Annual Conference
  • Financial Capability
  • Water Efficiency on farm
  • Building your Team Webinar
  • Dairy Days DVDs

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