Dairy Farm Assistant - LUDF

Farm Management and Labour Other, New Zealand


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 27,000sqm 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.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University are on the hunt for a full time, permanent experienced Dairy Farm Assistant to commence work as soon as possible at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF).

The Lincoln University Dairy Farm 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 and cup removers and Pro Track.

Day to day tasks will vary but will likely be a mixture of milking, checking cows for mastitis and other health issues, shed hygiene, shifting irrigation sprinklers, effluent management, feeding out and weed management. You will be part of a small team at the farm so being a team player is essential.

In order to be successful in this position you will have:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years’ experience as a farm assistant on a dairy farm, with experience in milking and cow management
  • The ability to follow defined procedures, to record data accurately and to maintain clear and concise records 
  • An honest approach
  • Strong work ethic
  • A full NZ drivers licence
This is a rostered shift position on a 8/2, 8/3 roster. 

In return we can offer the opportunity to work in a good team environment, with a competitive salary and housing allowance.

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to be considered for this job.

For further information regarding this position, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312.

All applications must be received by 9:00am on Monday 03/12/18.

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