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Work on the farm, despite downturn
WITH 14 unfilled vacancies on
Federated Farmers own
ruraljobs.co.nz website and with
almost 150 more listed on other
websites, things may be tough on-
farm but farmers are still recruiting,
according to Federated Farmers.
ruraljobs.co.nz website has 14
unfilled vacancies on it right now,
Federated Farmers chief executive
officer Conor English said.
He said nationally there was
definitely a North/South split with
just two of the 14 roles in the North
Whatever the environment and
whatever the economy, Kiwi farmers
will always need good, keen workers,
Mr English said.
I had a quick look at Trade Me
and 79 of their 126 farming jobs are
in the South Island and of those 126
roles, 72 were paying $50,000 to
$100,000 with four over $100,000.
When the Central South Island
Farmer checked, there were no jobs
listed on ruraljobs.co.nz for the
North Canterbury region but 12
roles listed for Mid-Canterbury.
On Trade Me there were four roles
in the Waimakariri district, six jobs
in the Hurunui and six in Selwyn.
Roles advertised in the region
included agricultural machinery
operator, farm supervisor, assistant
herd manager, piggery stockperson,
and dairy assistants.
The only role offering more than
$100,000 was a farm supervisor role
However, Mr English said it was a
myth farming roles were low skilled
and low paid.
We have been motivated to raise
our head above the parapet because
we have heard of several hundred
Aucklanders queuing for a couple of
jobs packing shelves.
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Bonding plan gets results
VET SHORTAGE: Despite a solid uptake
of places in the rural veterinary bonding
scheme, attracting young professionals
to country practices remains a challenge
for smaller communities.
THE RURAL veterinary bonding
scheme is being hailed as a success
by the Minister for Primary
Industries, Nathan Guy, as the
profession struggles to fill places in
country practices nationwide.
The incentive scheme provides 30
places a year for Massey University
veterinary graduates who have
secured jobs in rural practices
working with farm animals.
At the end of their third year of
employment under the scheme, they
are entitled to a $33,000 payment,
with additional payments of $11,000
at the end of their fourth and fifth
years of rural service.
Since the start of the scheme in
February 2009, 136 new vets have
joined up, with a retention rate of 96
The scheme is now in its fifth
year and is making real headway in
tackling the rural vet shortage, Mr
Ben Davidson from Rangiora
Veterinary Centre said while the
scheme did help to address the issue,
many practices still struggled to
The Rangiora Veterinary Centre
has two vets on the scheme working
with the practice, but is still
searching for locum cover, Mr
There is a real shortage of rural
vets, partly because the number of
graduates coming out who want to
do large animal work is decreasing.
It may be because they re coming
more from urban environments to
train but there are other factors
involved too, he said.
Firstly, 20 or 30 of each class are
here from the United States under
our partner training and equivalent
qualification agreement with the
States and a lot of those guys head
back once they ve finished. Then
there are the grads who go into
industry, science, or academia,
rather than choosing to practice.
However, he says, the other major
issue is geographical.
It s like the problems the GPs are
facing. The combination of perceived
isolation and lack of familiar support
networks is a major stumbling block
in attracting young people to work
outside the larger centres. Places
like Culverden, for example, are
We have a lot of overseas locums
who fill those gaps. In fact, if you
counted our younger vets, you d find
pretty much a 50/50 split between
Kiwis and overseas graduates,
largely from Ireland, the UK and
They come for experience and
travel, and they re filling a real gap
in the market.
Mr Guy says the demand for rural
vets is going to remain strong, given
New Zealand s trade goals.
Livestock farming is the engine
room of our economy. We ship
around $30 billion in primary sector
exports a year and we want to double
that by 2025. That s not going to
happen without practical, skilled,
dedicated rural vets who provide
animal health advice. And these vets
are now practicing in rural areas,
and being supported and mentored
by senior vets in their practices.
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