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New Zealand Farm Position

Mitchell Agriculture Ltd. is a share milking business currently located in Southland, New Zealand. The business is owned and run by Danny Mitchell, a New Zealander, and Abby Nunes, an American from Virginia. They are looking to build a team for the 2019/2020 season and have several seasonal positions available. These positions run from late July through May. However, there will be one position available from late July through December. Through the winter (June - August) the cows will be in the free stall barns on a 100% grass silage diet. Calving begins August 1st and we will draft springers out intermittently and put them on pasture for the rest of the season. They will run a 6-person team. Calving begins 1st August and will be all hands-on deck and they will operate a 6 days on, 1 day off roster. You would be milking 3 of your 6 days on and doing other farm jobs the other three. During this period, they will provide dinner 5 nights a week. During the rest of the season we will run a 7 days on, 2 days off, 7 days on, 2 days off, 7 days on, 3 days off roster. During this roster each person will milk four of their seven days on. They will run a rotation that will allow every person to learn every job. Their goal throughout the season is to teach each of their staff principles of low input dairy farming, and the fundamentals of agribusiness management.

If this position seems like something you would be interested in, see the attachment for more information.