Working on a dairy farm can be a unique experience. This also allows for a second year visa in Australia as dairy farm jobs are eligible for PVT/WHV renewal. Finally, working on a farm can also allow you to save money to finance your adventures! So if you want to work on a dairy farm, here are some tips that can help you find a job.
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Where to look for a dairy farm job in Australia?
The ideal is to start on a farm that does not require experience and that regularly works with backpackers. If you already have experience on a farm, with animals or even with a tractor, it will increase your chances of getting a job.
In the dairy industry, farmers know each other. Finding a job can also be done through word of mouth or even through other backpackers through the many travelers groups on Facebook.
Where are the dairy farms in Australia?
- Victoria: Very popular in terms of cows! There are dairy farms across the state and you will increase your chances of finding a job around the Shepparton area
- New South Wales, you can check through this website: www.aussiefarms.org.au
- Queensland: Mainly in the Far North Tableland region
- Western Australia: Mainly in the South West
It is recommended to have a car to work on a dairy farm since you will need transportation to go to town and do your shopping. In addition, your accommodation, although on the farm, may also be too far to walk to work.
What will you need to start working?
- Old clothes, you can also buy second-hand clothes;
- Cap or hat to avoid cow poo.
Most farms provide gloves and aprons to their employees. Also, some places that regularly hire backpackers may have surplus clothing or even rubber boots for you to use. You must remember that everything you’ll use for this job will end up in a bin later on!
What can you expect from a dairy farm job in Australia
The cows have to be milked twice a day; either early morning or late afternoon. So don’t be surprised if you do have two shifts per day. The work is repetitive and rather depends on the size of the farm. A farm with 700 cows will have much more work than a farm with 300 cows. You can expect a wage around $ 22 per hour and you will also get Superannuation.
You will need a good understanding of English to succeed in the essence of the job. Unless you are an expert in the dairy sector, it can be difficult to understand the new vocabulary. At the beginning, my level of English wasn’t good enough to understand all the concepts required for the job. Most employers will therefore check that your english is good enough.
Are you ready to start your career as a Dairy Farmer?