Dairy Farm Assistant - LUDF

Farm Management and Labour Other, New Zealand


Fast-Track YOUR Farming Career

The Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) operates in the top 2-5% on profitability, with low nutrient loss while producing 17-1800kgMS/ha from high quality irrigated pasture. Operating with the support of the farm manager and some of the industry’s best farmers and technical input, LUDF has lifted production through increasing efficiency across the business. The 160 ha fully irrigated farm runs a stocking rate of approximately 3.5 cows/ha (560 cows peak milked) and has a 50 bail rotary dairy with ALPRO milk monitoring, cup removers and Pro Track. We are a demonstration farm focused on best practice for the New Zealand dairy industry.

We have a great opportunity for someone to join our team as a dairy farm assistant.  For us, attitude is everything so if you are keen to develop a career in dairy farming, and have a positive attitude and willingness to learn, we want to talk to you today.

The farm is owned by Lincoln University but you don’t need any qualifications to be considered for this role. If you’re the right person, we’ll invest in you with providing both on the job and industry-related training, coupled with a supportive team environment on this top performing farm.

Day to day tasks will vary and include a mixture of milking, checking cows for mastitis and other issues, shed hygiene, shifting irrigation sprinklers, effluent management, feeding out and pasture management. We have good systems and good staff ratios.

This role is right for you if you:

  • Have 1-2 years’ experience as a dairy farm assistant
  • Have a NZ full drivers licence, or are currently eligible to get one
  • Have good communication and listening skills
  • Have a good level of initiative
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Are not afraid to ask questions
  • Have a good focus on health and safety in the workplace

This is a rostered positon with an 8/2, 8/3 roster pattern.

We invest a lot in our farm staff, which means they are in high demand in the industry when it comes to taking their next career step. If this appeals to you, make us your next step.  Let’s talk.

As the longest-running agriculturally-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres (including the new 27,000 sqm joint facility, in partnership with AgResearch), and a range of corporate service units, the Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.

This role offers a competitive salary with housing available, clothing allowance and grade free milk bonus. It is based close to the Lincoln township, so near to great local facilities and entertainment, as well as being close to Christchurch city. Don’t let this opportunity to fast –track your career pass you by.

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.

For more information, please refer to the position description here or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312. Enquiries may be made directly to Peter Hancox, Farm Manager, on 0274409285.

To be considered for this role, you must already be eligible to work in New Zealand and be available to attend an interview at short notice if selected.

Lincoln University is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.