7 Facts about the Farm Managers you need for your farm now
Like I always tell farm owners as much as I can, no farm can succeed the way it should without a competent farm manager. Farm managers are so critical to the success of any farming business.
Please see below the seven facts about the farm managers you need for your farming business today.
1. THE FARM MANAGER MUST BE A GRADUATE OF AGRICULTURE OR A DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE.
This is very important because you are dealing with technical matters in farm production. A one time prime minister of Israel once stated accurately that success in farming is 95 percent science and 5 percent work. In the light of this, your farm manager must be sound technically before he can take your farm to the next level.
2. THE FARM MANAGER MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MANAGE PEOPLE
Managing people is critical in any business including farming. Many farmers don’t look closely at this area. People must be managed before you can mine their potential for the progress of the farm. Is your current farm manager managing your workers well? This is why farm owners should expose their farm managers to solid leadership training from time to time.
3. THE FARM MANAGER MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MANAGE RESOURCES WELL
Wastage can waste your farm out of business. Farm managers must be great manager of resources. There must be no form of wastage if you are really interested in profitable farming. Many farm managers have drowned the destinies of some farms due to wastage. Farmers should never compromise on this point. As soon as you see a wasteful manager who is not ready to change, you should replace him fast!
4. THE FARM MANAGER MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO DRIVE FOR UTMOST PRODUCTIVITY
In the light of the highly expensive inputs, farming business today call for utmost productivity. Gone are the days when a farmer can make do with 60 to 65 percent productivity. Today’s poultry farmers must relentlessly drive for 85 to 95 percent or more before they can really smile to the bank. Any farm manager that cannot drive your farm for utmost productivity on a consistent basis is a no-no for you!
5. THE FARM MANAGER MUST ABLE TO HELP MAKE YOUR FARMING BUSINESS PROFITABLE
The chief reason why we do business is to make profits. The farm managers that cannot guide the farm entrusted to him to maximum profitability is a sheer waste of good money. Like I always drum it into the participants at our regular FARM MANAGERS TRAINING, farm managers must see themselves as contractors who are to come and turn the farms around for maximum profitability. Never accept any agenda that is short of this outcome!
6. THE FARM MANAGER MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO GROW THE FARM
No farming business should be static. If a farm manager cannot grow your farm on a consistent basis, he or she should not be working with you. A farm is either growing or dying; there is no middle ground.
7. THE FARM MANAGER MUST BE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY
You must as a matter of utmost importance route only for people of impeccable character to work with you in your farming business. And of course the farm manager must be chief! If your farm manager is dishonest, then your farm is in trouble! This is why you must do all you can to get a farm manager that has integrity. I don’t believe that most people are corrupt. There are still many farm managers out there that are of impeccable character. LOOK FOR THEM!