Hot Jobs, Make your next career mooove in February, Dairy Women’s Network

Hello, and happy new year!

Welcome to our Kildalton students who arrived to a beautiful 32 degrees day in New Zealand.

It is hard to believe it is February already. January has just flown by! The team at NZDC have been busy welcoming our new arrivals from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). We currently have 11 students in Canterbury on 16 week placements. The group are currently studying for a Bachelor of Ag Science from WIT - a university-level institution in the South-East of Ireland.

The orientations are now complete and all students have settled into their new surroundings. They are particularly happy with all the hot weather we have been graced with, as they have just come from a harsh winter in Ireland. They are even starting to get a bit of colour!

These are exciting times for NZDC and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we accept applications for our Ireland Farm Exchange all year round. We already have five Kiwi student over there and expect another three to arrive on the Emerald Isle this month.

Please contact us if you would like to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Hot Job!
Herd Manager

We are looking for a progressive individual who can support the farm manager, work unsupervised and displays initiative.

Together with our client, we will support you in your career development and training, including on farm training, off farm formal training, mentoring, performance reviews and individualized training plans.

We encourage a strong team culture where all staff can develop and progress in their career while enjoying the friendly, diverse lifestyle Mid Canterbury has to offer.

Make Your Next Career Mooooove in February

Here at NZDC we have jobs available all year round. If you have been thinking of a change, there is no time like the present.

As a dairy farmer you are doing something honest and worthwhile - for yourself, for your family, for your community and for the people who will benefit from the most important thing you produce - milk. Dairy farming is building a future for us all and there are plenty of jobs available.

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Dairy Women's Network Conference

The two-day conference at Rotorua's Energy Events Centre from March 22 to 23 is called “Our land our people” and has a focus on informative practical learning about all aspects of dairy farming.

Up to 350 farming women are expected to attend the conference which also has workshops on animal health, taking a business to the next level, riparian plantings and management, and stepping up to governance roles.

To find out more about the conference go to:

Kiwis for Irish farms

Padrig Madden and John Brosnahan.
Photo Sue Newman / Design NZ Dairy Careers

If two Irish farmers have their way, young Kiwis will be winging their way across the world to help fill yawning gaps in their country’s dairy farm labour pool.

Padrig Madden and John Brosnahan from Farm Relief Services were in Ashburton last night on a recruiting drive where they sold the dream of living, earning and learning in Ireland.

There’s already a well-worn path for young Irish workers to New Zealand, Madden said, and he’s keen to see the traffic become two-way.

“Coming here is not a hard sell for an Irish person, everyone knows someone who’s been here and had a great experience and we need to get some people coming back the other way,” Brosnahan said.

The need for farm staff in Ireland is now critical with the dairy industry opening up to expansion after many years of working within a quota system that kept herd sizes to an average of around 100 cows.

"The shackles are off and the only limiting factor now are access to land, access to processing and labour.

“There are 6000 people needed at all levels since the abolition of quotas for the next three years,” he said.

For young Kiwis accustomed to working on large dairy farms often corporately owned, working in Ireland would provide an opportunity to work on family owned farms where they would work on every farm related activity from calf rearing to milking, Brosnahan said.

Padrig Madden, Trina Moore, John Brosnahan and Matt Jones.

“We see that as a real selling point.”

The most recent exodus of Irish labour started in 2012 when unemployment ran at 15 per cent. Now the Irish economy is booming and unemployment is back down around 5 per cent, Madden said.

Farm Relief Services is a farmer owned organisation that has been in the business of finding farm staff for 40 years.

Farms where young Kiwis are placed are carefully chosen. Staff are met at the airport and transported to their workplace and then delivered back to the airport when their contract ends. That contract could be three or six months or longer.

The organisation is working with Matt Jones from NZ Dairy Careers and he aims to have 25 young Kiwis working on Irish farms early next year.

“It’s a buyers’ market for them. They can go wherever they want to go, whenever they want to go and for as long as they want to commit,” he said.

Wages are guaranteed and the hourly rate is between 10.50 Euro and 11.50 Euro an hour.

Once the first intake starts working in Ireland and information starts to flow back, Jones knows enthusiasm for the scheme will build.

Currently five young people have signed on for the scheme but interest is growing and Jones says he’s fielding inquiries from potential employees every day.

– By Sue Newman

Find out first hand what it's like to Live, Learn & Earn in Ireland

Earlier this year, NZ Dairy Careers Director Matt Jones, met with Farm Relief Services (FRS) in Ireland to create opportunities for worker exchanges between Ireland and New Zealand which correspond with each country’s off-season. The main purpose of the exchange is to address the current agriculture labour shortage that each country has been experiencing, while giving successful candidates the opportunity to live, learn and earn in new surroundings.

FRS are a farmer-owned co-operative organisation, established in 1980, and are the single biggest supplier of farm labour in Ireland. Through growth and diversification FRS have expanded throughout Ireland with 20 offices nationwide. Padraig Madden and John Bronson from FRS are coming to New Zealand in partnership with NZ Dairy Careers to promote agricultural opportunities available to young people. Together, they will be hosting an event at the Hotel Ashburton, 7:00 pm on December 13th for agricultural workers who want to “Live, Learn & Earn” in Ireland.

NZ Dairy Careers are pleased to present FRS to the Mid Canterbury community and allow young agricultural workers and their parents to hear first-hand about the opportunities on offer via the exchange programme. The exchange programme is open to anyone who has agricultural experience and would like to work and travel to Ireland.

Applicants will require some farming background and will be interviewed and selected based on experience and having a good attitude to work.

Opportunities for New Zealanders will run throughout the year and assistance is provided to ensure a smooth transition, we work with applicants every step of the way. Upon arrival in Ireland, FRS will meet workers and provide support throughout their time in Ireland.

This is perfect for young people wanting an overseas experience. It’s not just about a job though, it’s also about having an experience in Ireland with three to twelve month placements. The exchange aims to deliver an overall experience that will further develop the skills of each individual for their future careers in agriculture and to enhance their general life skills.

Contact details:
Phone (0) 3 971 5564

Irish Dairy Farm Exchange Set To Address Skilled Worker Shortage

Up to 50 young dairy farm workers could be experiencing St Patrick’s Day in Ireland as they begin filling short term employment gaps on the Emerald Isle. NZ Dairy Careers Consultant, Matt Jones, has hammered out a deal with Irish farming organisations and dairy companies to create opportunities for worker exchanges between Ireland and New Zealand to correspond with each country’s off-season. The main purpose of the exchange is to address the current labour shortage that each country has been experiencing, particularly in the area of dairy farming, while giving successful candidates the opportunity to live, learn and earn in dynamic new surroundings.

With herd numbers consistently rising in New Zealand and Ireland, farm owners now find themselves in a position where they need more employees, which are increasingly difficult to find locally. "We needed to think outside the box to source more skilled farm workers to meet the growing demand for dairy staff in New Zealand. The exchange is the perfect way to supplement each country’s workforce at the times it is needed the most. Ireland and New Zealand have both used various methods to attract domestic workers, but it has become abundantly clear from the engagement that I've had with farmers and businesses, that neither country have the capacity to fill farming jobs with local labour,” says Jones.

An estimated 3,000 skilled dairy workers will be needed over the next decade in Ireland and NZ Dairy Careers are currently inviting New Zealand dairy workers to apply for the exchange. Our partners in Ireland Farm Relief Services are on tour in New Zealand early December to meet with our young farmers interested in travelling to Ireland and New Zealand Dairy Industry Groups.

Placements for New Zealanders in Ireland will run during the New Zealand off season - from January-June 2018. NZ Dairy Careers assist with all of the paperwork to ensure a smooth transition and will work with candidates every step of the way. Upon arrival in Ireland, Farm Relief Services will met workers and provide pastoral care throughout their time in Ireland.

A wage of €10.00 - €12.00 per hour is expected to be paid to New Zealand workers, with farm managers commanding more. “This is perfect for young people wanting an overseas experience. It’s not just about a job though, it’s also about having an experience in Ireland with three to twelve month placements. If you’ve got a season’s work under your belt, you’re good to go.”

If you would like to know more about the exchange, please visit or email