Recruting a new farm manager - where on earth to begin?!

confusedsibling

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
God's own County
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries please!
 

JP1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries please!
Why not start on here?
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries please!
Do you have other younger workers that could be up to the task? Other than that I think you’ll be poaching others head tractor driver/foreman from your neighbors. If I was in the position of needing a manager I think I’d prefer a lesser qualified but known to be hard working and honest local than somebody completely un known
 

Hilly

Member
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries please!
Sort of farm ?
 
Having a bit of a change around, looking for one man that can do it all, weekly meetings but left to get on with it sort of thing. need old enough for experinace but young enough to want to 'make the place their own' as it where.

I know - big ask...

Start with a realistic job description, setting out the role. Then think about the calibre of person you would like to fill that role. Then think about the package you will need to attract that person...

I saw a job advert his morning for an arable foreman on 1300ha, with responsibilities including Gatekeeper and all RT/FA recordkeeping, overseeing harvest operations, leadership & labour management.

To me that isn't a foreman's role, it's a management position. If there is already a manager (probably tied up with non-agri diversifications e.g lettings/sporting/forestry/AD/renewables) then he needs an assistant or a deputy.

Or restructure and clarify the roles, with a farm director looking after property and diversifications, overseeing a farm manager who looks after the actual farming.
 

Robt

Member
Location
Suffolk
@confusedsibling . Back in 2001 i was very lucky enough to be given the role of trainee manager on a 400 ha mixed farm. I was interivewd by owner and management company at the time with a view to take over and remove management company in 4 years.
What made the role attractive to me was i didnt have a degree only 10 years of hard work working alongside my father evenings and weekends and 3 summer student roles. I liked the house as it would be my first house away from parents. I loved the overtime and loved farming.
What was less attractive for the new boss was i was an unknown, I was a risk. I was on a temp 6 months contract so could be replaced at any time.
I really do wihs you all the best as there are some excellent lads and lasses out their that just need a chance.
If i were you id advertise as previously said on every platform going. Dont reply to comments on social media, Only accept pm's. Let them call you not messages asking you to call them (i hate this!)
Social media is where you will find your next manager. It may cost you 4-5k to do this but the right person could easily earn you that money back in the first six months!
Not sure where you are as your avatar says gods country which could be any county!
Kind regards
Rob T,
 

T Hectares

Member
Location
Berkshire
I’ll echo some of the above comments, get a smart advert onto here, FB, insta, LinkedIn etc
I’d also get it on FWi too ( it’s where I saw my role )

Clear concise advert with a good picture, cut the waffle
 

unlacedgecko

Member
Livestock Farmer
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries please!
If you want to put it all down to grass I'd be interested.
 

Oxfordshirefarmer

Member
Arable Farmer
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries

posted at a good time, was about to ask the same, appologies for gate crashing this thread!

just typing up an advert. Which are the best groups to post on Facebook please?


I’ll echo some of the above comments, get a smart advert onto here, FB, insta, LinkedIn etc
I’d also get it on FWi too ( it’s where I saw my role )

Clear concise advert with a good picture, cut the waffle

picture of what!?

if anyone is looking for a change of scenery then message me! Advert to follow...
 

glasshouse

Member
Location
lothians
Start with a realistic job description, setting out the role. Then think about the calibre of person you would like to fill that role. Then think about the package you will need to attract that person...

I saw a job advert his morning for an arable foreman on 1300ha, with responsibilities including Gatekeeper and all RT/FA recordkeeping, overseeing harvest operations, leadership & labour management.

To me that isn't a foreman's role, it's a management position. If there is already a manager (probably tied up with non-agri diversifications e.g lettings/sporting/forestry/AD/renewables) then he needs an assistant or a deputy.

Or restructure and clarify the roles, with a farm director looking after property and diversifications, overseeing a farm manager who looks after the actual farming.
Morning All,

Our main operator / farm manager has left, a little more suddern than we expected, but it was always talked about.

we now have the task of recruiting, we feel its a good all round job with a decent 4 bed house but looking out there, lots of jobs being advertise but very few wanting - certainly goign to be hard to find someone.

where does one start to advertise?

Facebook feels too unspecific
Not sure the farm manager / operator we need reads the FW?
Farmers Guradian perhaps?
any recrutiment companies?

not sure i can stomach poaching someone of a neighbourin farmer - all though if they are unhappy / want to move up a gear then perhaps its not too awful.

any advice welcome, easy on the horror storries please!
Where is gods country?
 

Make Tax Digital Software Poll

  • Quickbooks

    Votes: 33 16.6%
  • Sage

    Votes: 20 10.1%
  • Xero

    Votes: 92 46.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 54 27.1%

Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

  • 179
  • 0
Written by William Kellett from Agriland

court-640x360.jpg
A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
Top