2012-13 GUIDELINES FOR WORK VISA APPLICATIONS IN THE NZ DAIRY INDUSTRY Position Salary* Dairy Farm Worker (DFW) Both North and South Island: $37-38,000 base salary pa + benefits Qualifications and Work Experience Do not require formal qualifications, but do require skills developed on the job and/or recognisable and credible training. Benefits equate to approx $1-2,000 (or above) Dairy Assistant Herd Manager Hourly rate $15-16 North Island: $43-44,000 base salary pa + benefits Benefits equate to approx $2-3,000 (or above) Hourly rate $18-19 South Island: $44-45,000 base salary pa + benefits Benefits equate to approx $2-3,000 (or above) Hourly rate $17-18 ISSL requirements: National Certificate in Agriculture Level 2 OR two or more years work experience relative to those criteria listed in the job description. Labour Market Check (LMC) Under the Essential Skills work policy, a LMC must be conducted with Work & Income NZ. If the ISSL requirements are met, no LMC will be required. Other factors to take into consideration - Size of the farm. For example, a farm that has less than 600 cows may not require a Dairy Assistant Herd Manager. - Number of employees and the capacity with which they are employed. For example, a farm that already employs one Dairy Assistant Herd Manager may not require another. - Employers are strongly advised for DFW roles to seek Work & Income NZ support up front, before an application is lodged. - Where the employer is seeking a DFW, has not supplied any evidence of Work & Income NZ support, and the LMC notes no shortage of NZers available for the role, the following factors may be taken into consideration: Amount of advertising provided by the employer Appropriateness of the skills and experience required Period of advertising the position Location of advertising Region of employment Other Labour Market Checks recently conducted within the region Dairy Herd Manager North Island: $47-48,000 base salary (or above) + benefits Benefits equate to approx $4,000 or above Hourly rate $19-20 South Island: $48-49,000 base salary (or above) + benefits ISSL requirements: National Certificate in Agriculture Level 2 or above AND minimum of two years’ relevant experience. If the ISSL requirements are met, no LMC will be required. - The salary an individual receives should be commensurate with their qualifications and experience. - Farming contracts need to be clear regarding overtime pay and weekly minimum/maximum hours worked. Benefits equate to approx $3,000 or above Hourly rate $19-20 IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the content in 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 instructions. * Salary details, rates and conditions have been based on the information published in the 2012 Federated Farmers of New Zealand Remuneration Report. We have used ‘mean’ details as a basis for salary data, as opposed to the ‘median’. Position Description** Dairy Farm Worker Assistant Herd Manager Dairy Herd Manager patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock 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 is available washing and cleaning udders, and attaching milking machines to udders and milking cows may work unsupervised stock management – experience in deciding where the cows will go (which paddock), stock handling experience 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, lameness demonstrates good communication skills experience working in a team experience in machinery operation eg: tractors, implements, motorbikes, ATV’s. breeding and raising livestock for the production of honey, meat, milk, skins, eggs and wool 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 accordingly managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management may select, train and supervise staff and contractors ** Position description based on information submitted previously by the Federated Farmers of New Zealand submissions to Immigration NZ on the occupational shortages reviews, and ANZSCO.