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Farm Manager - Sheep Production

 Mopani Communications, Canadian Sheep Federation / Fédération canadienne du mouton

Sheep Farming Overview

The ‘sheep and goat’ industry includes operations that are primarily engaged in raising sheep and goats and feeding or fattening lambs. The majority of industry workers are located in Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec, which account for 40%, 23%, and 22% of the workforce, respectively.

  • With both output levels and productivity trending upward, the ‘sheep and goat’ industry will be able to meet production targets with a smaller workforce. Since 2002, the number of ‘sheep and goat’ farms has fallen by a quarter. However, output has increased during this time, as the industry’s productivity, or the output each worker can produce, has increased by 0.5% per year, so the decline in farms hasn’t negatively affected production levels.

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Sheep Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree.

Typical Job Titles

  • Farm Manager
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Livestock Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Sheep Farm Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Sheep Farm Managers manage activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Manage strategic planning
  • Manage human resources
  • Manage finances and administration
  • Manage risk
  • Manage customer relations
  • Manage occupational health and safety
  • Manage food safety and security
  • Manage compliance with legislation, regulations and standards
  • Manage operating procedures
  • Manage facilities, housing and fences
  • Manage biosecurity
  • Manage health and welfare of sheep
  • Manage crop production
  • Manage feed and water
  • Manage breeding
  • Manage lambing
  • Manage the finishing of lambs
  • Manage sheep handling
  • Manage facilities, equipment and supplies
  • Manage environmental sustainability
  • Manage post-production activities
  • Evaluate production data

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Sheep Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • PLanning and Organizing
  • Financial Management
  • Business Perspective
  • Human Resources Management 

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in agriculture generally earn from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

Generally from

To

 

$39,500/yr

$74,800/yr

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.