Couples who seek to work on a farm together may be referred as “Farming Couple”
A farming couple will undertake duties relating to the management and farming of an agricultural holding on behalf of a client.
Usually the owner/principal/client will be resident on the farm, but may not be involved in the day to day running of the farm. Sometimes the owner is not from a farming or agricultural background, but has a keen interest and is committed to seeing the farm function as a viable entity, or as a hobby.
A farming couple will need to be extremely flexible, able to turn their hand to most things and perform a multitude of tasks including:
- Tractor driving
- Animal husbandry
- Housekeeping duties
- Grooming duties
- Lambing, calving
- Care of livestock
- Farm maintenance work
- Occasional driving
- Game keeping
Duties will vary enormously from farm to farm and will depend largely on its size. Some farming positions may require the couple to hold an agricultural qualification, however the knowledge gained in previous roles and through hands on experience can be just as important, if not more so. Some useful skills and qualifications include City & Guilds Chainsaw qualifications up to Level 3, City & Guilds Livestock or Machinery qualifications, Royal College of Agriculture farming course.
For the much larger estates it may be suitable to recruit an Estate Manager or Director.
We have in the past recruited an estate manager and PA couple, where the estate manager was solely responsible for the day to day running of the estate and the wife performed the duties of a private personal assistant for the estate owner and their family.
For more information, please call Alex Sansbury, Mark Whitworth or any member within the household team on 020 7471 6000.