We’re halfway through calving season in the Kiwi farming industry. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in wherever possible.
If you’ve just moved to New Zealand, or you’re a seasonal worker, here are a few insights about working on a farm at this time of year.
Your family, work and social life will probably be rolled into one
It should go without saying that Kiwi farms tend to be pretty remote. So you’re nearest neighbor (and pub) could be potentially miles away.
That’s why it’s worth keeping in mind that your work-life balance might taking some getting used to. But don’t worry. Everyone will be in the same position – and these types of dairy farms tend to attract a real community spirit. It’s not uncommon to find everything from families, to young people, and even locals all living together under the same roof.
Otherwise, it’s generally a good idea to get a driver’s license and purchase/rent a car during your time on the farm. This will give you the freedom to move around and provide you with some much-needed downtime whenever possible.
Waterproofs are essential
We really can’t stress this one enough.
During wet season, it’s pretty obvious that waterproofs will come in handy. But it’s also the case that temperatures can fluctuate significantly, so layers and good-quality overalls are exactly what you need.
Have a look at some of our heavyweight agriculture gear. Our jackets and waterproof brace pants are made from high-visibility oilskins (perfect for those early-morning starts) and are designed to be as comfortable as possible.
Additional training could change everything
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the industry for.
Some extra training can go a long way – especially if you’re keen to show your new employer you’re serious about the new role.
Primary ITO is probably the best starting point. Here, you’ll find lots of useful information about agriculture, dairy farming, horticulture, meat processing and even hydrology.
There’s even a section for employers to find the right courses for their staff.
Kiwi farming industry
The New Zealand calving season attracts a great number of migrants and workers to our farms at this time of year.
Some of the biggest challenges, however, aren’t necessarily connected to the work itself, but getting settled into Kiwi life and coping with the weather. That’s why we’d also recommend having a look the New Zealand government website for more information.
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