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

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Biology

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

  • Livestock species

    Livestock species and relevant genetics.

  • Project management principles

    Different elements and phases of project management.

  • 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.

  • Agricultural business management

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • Breed stock

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

  • Maintain the farm

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

  • 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.

  • Select livestock

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

  • 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.

  • Control livestock disease

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

  • Keep task records

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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