Profession equine yard manager

Equine yard managers are responsible for the day to day running of the yard including managing staff, care of the horses, all aspects of health and safety and dealing with clients and owners.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Agricultural business management

    Understand business principles behind agricultural production and the marketing of its products.

  • Customer relationship management

    The customer-oriented management approach and basic principles of successful customer relations that focus on interactions with customers such as technical support, customer services, after-sales support and direct communication with the customer.

  • Livestock species

    Livestock species and relevant genetics.

  • Project management principles

    Different elements and phases of project management.

  • Animal welfare legislation

    The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.

  • Biosecurity

    Be aware of the general principles of the concept of bio-security and in particular, the disease prevention rules to be implemented in case of epidemics endangering public health.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills

  • Manage agricultural staff

    Recruit and manage staff. This includes defining the job needs of the organisation, defining the criteria and process for recruitment. Develop the competences of the staff according current and future needs of the company and individuals. Ensure health and safety of the staff, including the implementation of all relevant health and safety procedures and relatations with regular follow-up procedures.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Manage livestock

    Manage production programmes, birth plans, sales, feed purchase orders, materials, equipment, housing, location and stock management. Manage the destruction of relevant animals in humane manner and in accordance with national legislation. Follow businesses requirements and integration into qualitative research and knowledge transfer.

  • Breed stock

    Breed and raise livestock such as cattle, poultry, and honeybees. Use recognised breeding practices to strive for continuous improvement in the livestock.

  • Select livestock

    Tag, sort and separate animals by purpose and destination taking into account the condition of the animal and relevant legislation

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Control livestock disease

    Control the spread of disease and parasites in herds, by using vaccination and medication, and by separating sick animals.

  • Maintain the farm

    Maintain farm facilities such as fences, water supplies, and outdoor buildings.

  • Work independently in agriculture

    Perform tasks individually in livestock and animal production services by taking decisions without help. Handle tasks and tackle with issues or problems without any outside assistance.

Optional knowledge and skills

breed-specific behaviour of horses prepare equid hooves provide care for horses manage production enterprise purchase of bloodstock transportation vehicles for horses assist animal birth clean stalls negotiate price equine dental diseases attach horseshoes assess the footcare requirements of the equid order supplies livestock reproduction train horses safe horseback riding principles make farrier tools and supplies carry out post hoof-trimming activities teach young horses agritourism manage horse events operate agricultural machinery make independent operating decisions carry out work related calculations in agriculture present the farm facilities analyse animal locomotion young horses training budgetary principles maintain pastures