GUIDELINES FOR WORK VISA APPLICATIONS IN THE NZ DAIRY INDUSTRY
Position Salary* Qualifications and Labour Market Other factors to take into consideration
Work Experience Check
Dairy Farm $36,000 - $43,000 base Do not require formal Under the - Size of the farm. For example, a farm that
Worker salary pa + benefits qualifications, but do Essential Skills has less than 600 cows may not require an
require skills work policy, a Assistant Herd Manager.
Benefits equate to developed on the LMC must be
approx $2,900 (or job/recognisable conducted with - Number of employees and the capacity with
above) training. WINZ. which they are employed. For example, a
farm that already employs one Assistant Herd
Hourly rate $15.78 Manager may not require another.
Assistant Herd $38,000 – $45,000 base ISSL requirements: If the ISSL
Manager salary pa + benefits National Certificate in requirements are - Employers are strongly advised for DFW
Agriculture Level 2 met, no LMC will roles to seek WINZ support up front, before
Benefits equate to OR two or more be required an application is lodged.
approx $4,300 (or years work
above) experience relative to - Where the employer is seeking a DFW, has
job description. not supplied any evidence of WINZ support,
Hourly rate $16.70 and the LMC notes no shortage of NZers
available for the role, the following factors
Dairy Herd $48,000 base salary (or ISSL requirements: If the ISSL may be taken into consideration:
Manager above) + benefits National Certificate in requirements are
Agriculture met, no LMC will Amount of advertising provided by the
Benefits equate to Level 4 AND be required employer
approx $4,600 or above minimum of three Period of advertising the position
years’ Location of advertising
Hourly rate $19.01 relevant experience Region of employment
Other Labour Market Checks
- The salary an individual receives should be
commensurate with their qualifications and
- Farming contracts need to be clear
regarding overtime pay and weekly
minimum/maximum hours worked.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that this table is a guide only. This table simply provides some relevant information about the dairy industry.
Every application must be considered on its own merits and assessed against Immigration policy.
* Salary details, rates and conditions have been based on information published in the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Remuneration Report 2011 and the Federated Farmers
of New Zealand submissions to the DoL on the occupational shortages reviews.
Dairy Farm patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock
Worker providing livestock with feed and water
assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock
mustering and droving livestock to milking and shearing sheds and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed
washing and cleaning udders, and attaching milking machines to udders and milking cows
may work unsupervised
Assistant Herd stock management – experience in deciding where the cows will go (which paddock), stock handling
fertiliser programme – previously applied fertiliser.
breeding management – identifying cows on heat
some prior involvement with feed allocation or nutrition management
animal health management – identifying and treating basic animal health problems eg: mastitis, milk fever,
demonstrates good communication skills
experience working in a team
experience in machinery operation eg: tractors, implements, motorbikes, ATV’s.
Dairy Herd breeding and raising livestock for the production of honey, meat, milk, skins, eggs and wool
Manager monitoring and maintaining the health and condition of livestock
providing pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels
moving livestock to optimise feeding opportunities
organising and conducting farming operations such as catching, drenching and milking livestock, sterilising
machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce
directing and overseeing general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising,
controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder
maintaining fences, equipment and water supply systems
organising the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce
maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production
managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
may select, train and supervise staff and contractors
** Position description based on information in the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Remuneration Report 2011, the Federated Farmers of New Zealand submissions to the DoL
on the occupational shortages reviews, and ANZSCO.