Farm managers raise animals, tend crops, plan strategies for maximum yield, organise farm administration, work machinery, organise associated businesses and manage staff. They need to have technical and practical competence, as well as the ability to make sound business decisions.
Farms are generally arable (crops), dairy or livestock, and are run by management companies or single-owner farmers. Crops range from cereals, oilseed rape and potatoes to vegetables and salad crops. Livestock are usually pigs, cows or sheep.
Farm managers must appreciate the need to satisfy regulations set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for safe, high-quality produce farmed in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Farm managers are responsible for planning, organising and managing the activities of a farm to meet the objectives of the owner.
Many farmers are now diversifying their activities to supplement their income. Supplementary activities may include:
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