Farm Research Technician

at Dairy Goat Co-op (NZ) Ltd
Location Tokoroa, New Zealand
Date Posted April 12, 2020
Category Other
Job Type Full-time
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Farm Research Technician Dairy Goat Co-op (NZ) Ltd location Waikato.

About the company Dairy Goat Co-operative is a manufacturer, developer and exporter of premium, niche consumer packaged nutritional powders. It is one of the region's leading exporters, serving international markets via its marketing partners and joint venture relationships. The markets are located primarily in Asia, and Europe, the Americas and Oceania.

Purpose of the job this role is responsible for administering DGC's farm research activities by effectively implementing DGC's farm research priorities into successful research. The role will assist in the review of proposed design of trials and oversee farm-based research projects conducted by external research partners to ensure delivery of research outcomes that support DGC's farm research strategic goals. The role is responsible for developing and sustaining strong relationships with all stakeholders both internal and external. Additionally, the role will support the day to day farm operations and will be a crucial link between the Pilot Farm and the company for all farm research matters.

Day to day responsibilities conducting experimental field work according to a protocol. Developing and modifying procedures and techniques as required. Collating data and conducting routine analytical work. Providing technical information to team members. Assisting the SLFR and Shareholder Services team in the preparation of publication material.

Attending and assisting at conferences, field days and hosting of visitors. Supporting the achievement of agreed farm production targets and milk quality targets. Ensuring all animals receive appropriate care and welfare. Ensuring animal records are maintained including numbers, breeding, transfers, weights, health status and milk production. Supporting the day-to-day routine farm operations, such as milking.

Qualifications required for the position A post-graduate university qualification, preferably BSc Hons or Masters in Applied Animal Science skills, knowledge and experience in practical application of farm science. A natural curiosity and desire to innovate. Excellent communication skills both oral and written. Ability to work both independently and with a team, self-motivated. Strong relationship development skills.