Shepherd / Farming General

Viewfield Farm

Waitati, Otago, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Sep 13

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Full Time Permanent Position:

We are seeking a shepherd general for a highly productive 920 hectare flat to rolling dry land property in the Hakataramea Valley. Viewfield is a breeding cropping and finishing unit running Romney and Merino sheep and Angus / Charolais cattle. All supplementary feed is produced on site.

Barley and Rye corn are grown plus cut and carry grass and Lucerne silage sold as cash crops.

As a diverse farming operation this position offers a variety in agriculture on a progressive farm with experience in many aspects to further your skills.

A warm 3 bedroomed house with a well maintained garden is available, primary school bus and rural delivery services.

The property is located in the Hakataramea Valley, 10 minutes from Kurow, where there is Waitaki Valley Primary School, Medical Centre, Veterinary Centre, service shops, cafes, sporting clubs and more.

The Hakataramea Valley offers its own unique lifestyle, a great community with hunting, fishing and the lakes in close proximity.

The Applicant: will need to be interested in all aspects of farming, stock work, cropping, pasture management, fencing, and general farm maintenance. The successful applicant will be working alongside the owner, with contractors assisting harvesting and animal husbandry work, as part of the team but also be expected to work unsupervised.

  • be honest, reliable and have strong communication skills
  • show interest in all aspects of farming, stock work, pasture management and maintenance
  • ideally have 2 - 3 working dogs under good command
  • have proven stock handling skills, alongside; animal husbandry, observational qualities and record keeping
  • be competent in general farm work and machinery maintenance
  • hold a full NZ drivers license and the right to work in NZ

Due to the level of experience required it is preferable the applicant has at least 2 years full time sheep and beef experience. We will not consider those with no experience or those looking for short term work. Remuneration will reflect experience.

Applications with 2 referees to Tim Cameron 027 867 6014, Email:

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