Farm Manager at Prestine Farms April, 2024

Job Description

  • As part of its plan for growth and success, the farm is currently seeking a highly experienced full-time farm manager to join its team.
  • The ideal candidate must have an extensive background and in-depth knowledge of Poultry (Layers & Broilers), Egg production, Pigs, Snails, Goats, Catfish and other farm animals.
  • The Ideal Candidateshould be a resident of Lagos or Ogun State and have a thorough understanding of the local agricultural landscape in Ogun State. Preference given to Ogun state candidates
  • The ideal candidate must have an extensive background and in-depth knowledge of Feed Mills and Feed production for Poultry, Pigs, Snails, Ctafish, etc….
  • The ideal candidate must possess excellent business acumen to execute managerial duties with top-notch efficiency.
  • The ideal candidate should have the personality traits necessary to oversee an agile and demanding work environment while maintaining the welfare of all the animals as the highest priority.
  • The ideal candidate should have strong leadership skills and a detail-oriented mindset while keeping the bigger picture in mind.
  • The ideal candidate should be a keen problem solver and have a hands-on approach to management.
  • The ideal candidate must come from Ogun or Lagos state with a previous history of Poultry, Pigs, Snails & Fish Sales and Customers.
  • The ideal candidate will be required to live fulltime onsite at the farm (no spouse or family allowed), with established and management pre-approved personal time off.

Responsibilities
Farm Operations:

  • Supervise day-to-day farm operations and ensure adherence to health and safety regulations as Bio-Security is of the Highest Priority.
  • Analyze existing operations, crops, livestock, staff, financial documents and recommend improvements
  • Prepare plans and schedules for planting and harvesting and ensure staff understands expectations
  • Schedule repairs, maintenance, and replacement of equipment and machinery
  • Ensure animal feed, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and other supplies are regularly restocked
  • Handle the marketing and sale of all farm products and maintain top customer satisfaction
  • Ensure all staff adheres to health and safety regulations
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of new staff members
  • Produce weekly and monthly operations, budget and financial reports
  • Building professional networks and keeping abreast of developments in agricultural science

Animal Operations:

  • Keep records of livestock and carry out routine health checks
  • Ensure proper vaccination scheme is in check for the livestock
  • Prevent and control livestock disease and pest
  • Carry out health checks on poultry birds and ensure proper vaccination schedule is in place
  • Ensure all staff and visitors adhere to strict bio-security measures in place 24/7

Vet & Animal Healthcare:

  • Liaise and build relationships with local veterinary clinics and vets. All animals should be treated onsite unless in critical circumstances or previously pre-approved by management
  • Collaborate with local veterinary clinics to schedule regular check-ups and treatments for the animals
  • Develop and implement an animal welfare program that aligns with industry standards and regulations
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive vaccination schedule for all animals on the farm
  • Monitor animal behavior and health, and identify any signs of distress or illness
  • Ensure proper nutrition and hydration for all animals, and adjust feeding schedules as necessary
  • Implement biosecurity measures to prevent and control the spread of diseases among the animals
  • Conduct regular inspections and audits to ensure compliance with animal welfare regulations and industry standards
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest research and developments in animal health and welfare, and implement best practices on the farm
  • Train and educate farm staff on animal welfare and health best practices, including proper handling and care techniques
  • Maintain detailed records of animal health, treatments, and welfare assessments, and report any issues or concerns to relevant stakeholders.

Staff Operations:

  • Conduct weekly 1:1 meeting with farm hands to address concerns and ensure assigned targets are met
  • Carry out recruitment and disciplinary actions of assistant manager/farm hands
  • Ensure all staff are well fed, undergo occasional health check and are given approved/ appropiate time-off

Administration:

  • Project manage construction activities for new buildings and farm expansion
  • Ensure adequate planning and mitigation for security, community relations, flooding, and fire issues.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Qualification: HND
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8+ years

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Food Technology, or other related disciplines, and at least five years of practical and relevant experience.
  • The candidate having additional courses in business management or administration to supplement their background in farming is a plus.
  • The willingness to work overtime as required is necessary, with Monday – Saturday work hours.
  • Management experience is highly desirable, as the candidate will be responsible for overseeing the farm’s operations, including the welfare of the animals, team morale, and administrative duties.
  • The candidate and his family should be a resident of Lagos or Ogun State and have a thorough understanding of the local agricultural landscape in Ogun State. Preference given to Ogun state candidates
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as the candidate will be responsible for liaising with suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • The candidate should have a competent level of computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft products, to manage the farm’s records, create reports, and manage budgets.
  • The candidate should have excellent people and leadership skills and be able to motivate and manage a diverse team.
  • The ability to research and learn new skills is essential, as the candidate should stay updated with the latest farming practices, technologies, and regulations.
  • The candidate should have exceptional problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills to address complex issues that may arise in the farm’s operations.
  • The candidate should have experience in animal husbandry, animal welfare, and animal nutrition to ensure the animals’ health, safety, and productivity.
  • Knowledge of farm-to-table practices, food safety standards, and quality control measures is also desirable.
  • The candidate should have a network of reputable vets and be capable of treating any of the sick animals onsite to ensure the animals’ health, safety, and productivity.

Application Closing Date
30th May, 2024.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: prestinefarms@gmail.com using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

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