Cattle Manager

A large Commercial Cattle Farming Business in Southern Province, Zambia, seeks to employ the services of an enthusiastic & progressive manager for their business to hands-on manage, oversee, co-ordinate the  Ranch cattle  and  Feedlot  operations.

Candidate must meet the following requirements.

Education/Qualifications

* Must have a Tertiary qualification in Agriculture; Animal husbandry and/or similar farming management qualification.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

* The ideal candidate would have sound knowledge of Breeding Cattle (large breeding herd). Any experience with Stud Bonsmara cattle will be an advantage.

* Feedlot Experience (above 1500 cattle in feed).

* Administrative, financial and project or operational management experience.

* Extensive farming experience; Minimum ten years’ cattle farming experience.

* Additional experience/knowledge/qualification in cropping will be advantageous.

* Minimum five years of managerial/leadership experience leading a team of > 50 people.

* Strong MS Office knowledge. Computer skills & the ability to maintain computer records of the herd are essential. Experienced with Cattle management programs will be advantageous.

* A Valid recognised driver’s licence and able to drive a motorbike.

Personal Attributes

* Proactive and resilient individual with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

* Physically Strong and Healthy individual whose health and character are able to peruse a farming career in the long, very hot and demanding outdoors.

* Strong people and leadership skills.

* Understanding of working together as a team to achieve the organizations overall best interests.

* Highly organised, detail orientated multitasker with strong organisational and administrative skills.

* Strong communication skills and command of spoken and written English

* Preferred age between 35 – 45 years.

Candidate to Manage the following activities on the ranch.

RESPONSIBILITIES

* Administration

* Ordering of inputs

* Labour – allocation of work & manage up to 100 staff.

* Allocation of feed rations, feed distribution & recording of stocks.

* All cattle activities including medical treatments, weighing, branding, tagging etc

* Maintain good records on a computerized recording program.

* Irrigated pasture management & ranch grazing systems

* Farm mapping monitor grazing availability.

* Maintain & improve water reticulation systems.

* Guide a team building new fences as well as R & M on existing fences.

* Maintain & improve on the existing handling facilities.

* Attend weekly management meetings

* Produce monthly reports

* Flexible to assist in other departments

* A hands-on, out there on the ranch approach to accomplishing the above tasks

* You will be expected to cooperate with fellow managers in the different sections of the company & be part of a strong management team to promote the whole business, covering & standing in for fellow managers should the need arise.

Personal Attributes

* Proactive and resilient individual with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

* Physically Strong and Healthy individual whose health and character are able to peruse a farming career in the long, very hot and demanding outdoors.

* Strong people and leadership skills.

* Understanding of working together as a team to achieve the organizations overall best interests.

* Highly organised, detail orientated multitasker with strong organisational and administrative skills.

* Strong communication skills and command of spoken and written English

* Preferred age between 35 – 45 years.

Candidate to Manage the following activities on the ranch.

RESPONSIBILITIES

* Administration

* Ordering of inputs

* Labour – allocation of work & manage up to 100 staff.

* Allocation of feed rations, feed distribution & recording of stocks.

* All cattle activities including medical treatments, weighing, branding, tagging etc

* Maintain good records on a computerized recording program.

* Irrigated pasture management & ranch grazing systems

* Farm mapping monitor grazing availability.

* Maintain & improve water reticulation systems.

* Guide a team building new fences as well as R & M on existing fences.

* Maintain & improve on the existing handling facilities.

* Attend weekly management meetings

* Produce monthly reports

* Flexible to assist in other departments

* A hands-on, out there on the ranch approach to accomplishing the above tasks

* You will be expected to cooperate with fellow managers in the different sections of the company & be part of a strong management team to promote the whole business, covering & standing in for fellow managers should the need arise.

Candidate to Manage & lead staff in the following activities on the ranch

STAFF MANAGEMENT

* Leadership of the cattle and feedlot operations team, ensuring training, mentoring and resourcing occurs with a focus on strengthening capacity to effectively achieve operational targets.

* Oversee the induction of new staff, monitor employee performance and conduct Performance Appraisals.

* Assessing the current staffing levels, selecting appropriate staffing to ensure balance between best farm productivity output and staffing cost input, namely not over staffed.

* Lead regular operational meetings.

* Record keeping of hours, overtime, annual leave, sick leave etc.

Candidate to Manage & Improve general Operational activities on the ranch; including but not limited to as below

OPERATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

* Improve operational systems, processes, and policies in support of the section’s objectives.

* Maintain high standards throughout the operation.

* Ensure all regular & routine activities including medical treatments, dipping, weighing, branding, tagging, fencing etc are diligently completed, always at a standard of excellence.

* Maintain facilities in excellent working order.

* Must be able to account for Stock counts and shortages both in livestock and consumables.

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