Dairy Shepherd



At Kaiapoi we are a hard working team building an impressive business. We want to employ people that will help us with that, in return we hope to build them as people and see them on to better careers. This role is firmly about developing you as a person.


We were one of the original AHDB monitor farms and we continue to have good links with them and you will attend many of their events. We are an Agri Epi centre of innovation as we are extremely progressive farmers. A desire to try new things and be open minded is essential.


We are predominately tenants so we expect your conduct to be professional and courteous at all times. We have lots of projects on the go and expect you to try lots of new skills, for example built another permanent handling system for the sheep – there’s always something new going on and you will need the enthusiasm and interest in the whole business to keep up!


We are a stud flock, DNA shepherding and recording our NZ Romneys on the NZ SIL system. We sell Rams and Ewe lambs for breeding and attend trade shows and speak at public events. In 2022 we will start milking our home bred flock of Romney x East Friesland / Lacaune Dairy Sheep in a new purpose built parlour.


Above all, as a busy mixed business you will need to be a good team player who can put the needs of the business as a whole before your own. You will also need to be a great communicator, with so much going on in our business, communication is key and being able to solve problems on the hoof is a skill you will need to develop.


Job Description

  • 2300ac mixed farm (1400ac arable, 900ac grass, 2500 ewes) we set up in 2012 with 200 ewes on 60ac of grass and 63ac arable. We are due to start milking on our sheep dairy enterprise this Spring.

  • This is a new role to Kaiapoi so there is plenty of room to make this role your own, which will be encouraged.

  • We will take you to the National Sheep Dairy Conference, the Nuffield Conference and promote you to join the NSA next generation program

  •  and the Tesco Future Farmers programs. There will also be First Aid training and any other day to day training provided that you need to perform your day to day duties.

  • Day to day the role will include the lion share of the dairy sheep work, assisted during busy time by ourselves and a harper student.

  • You will be expected to attend monthly management meetings.

  • You will assist on our trade stand and help with buyer visits.

  • You will be responsible for maintaining kit, ordering sundries as required

  • During the winter you will be expected to help out with the main flock



Accommodation can be arranged.

Full Pension in line with workplace pensions scheme.

Remuneration is dependent on experience and accommodation needs but in the range of £25,000 to £45,000.

You will have a Hilux as your farm truck.


To apply please send a current CV, covering letter and reference or contact for a referee to: Office@kaiapoi.co.uk