Dairy Farm Assistant Kaiāwhina Pāmu Kau

Dairy farm assistants help farmers with a variety of tasks, including caring for and milking cows, repairs and maintenance, and other farming activities.

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Dairy farm assistants may do some or all of the following:

  • milk cows
  • feed and safely handle animals, and report any health and welfare issues
  • weeding, fencing and pest management
  • use and maintain farm vehicles, machinery and infrastructure
  • follow health and safety and wellbeing procedures
  • nutrient, effluent and water management work.

Physical Requirements

Dairy farm assistants need to have a good level of fitness as dairy farm work can be physically demanding.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for dairy farm assistants includes:

  • working with animals, especially cows or calves
  • farm, forestry, engineering or labouring work
  • operating farm machinery and tools
  • driving heavy vehicles.

Personal Qualities

Dairy farm assistants need to be:

  • confident and caring with animals
  • hard-working and motivated
  • adaptable and efficient 
  • responsible 
  • willing to learn
  • able to work well under pressure and in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for dairy farm assistants includes:

  • working with animals, especially cows or calves
  • farm, forestry, engineering or labouring work
  • operating farm machinery and tools
  • driving heavy vehicles.

Dairy Farm Assistants can earn around $42K-$43K per year per year.

Dairy farm assistants may progress to other roles in the dairy industry such as:

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