Saturday, 25th November 2017
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TECHNICAL ADVISOR/CONSULTANT

In the agricultural industry, technical advisors, or consultants, work by giving advice and technical support to all types of farmers. They work alongside farmers to make sure that farms, whether crop production or rearing livestock, have optimum productivity.

For a farm to run efficiently, technical advisors must identify potential problems with the animals, crops or the farm practices or equipment and provide solutions to overcome them. Whilst this sounds very general, technical advisors might choose to specialise in one area so that they have focused expertise.

Problems that could affect the general productivity of farms include:

  • Diseases in crops or livestock
  • Pest infestation
  • Complex feeding-patterns or products for livestock
  • Out-of-date technology or systems
  • Inefficient construction and layout of the farm
  • Incorrect farming methods

Once advisors have identified a problem or a risk, they must then create and advise on a new farm-management plan for the farm for follow. They should keep records of environmental policies, practices and financial records for each farm or client so that they can monitor the progress of the farm’s productivity and analyse the data.

Providing financial forecasts is a major part of an advisor’s role, so being good with numbers and budgets is beneficial. It is also useful for technical advisors to have good marketing skills, as they may need to promote a different product or technology to a farm in order for them to progress.

To ensure that the best advice can be given, technical advisors must stay updated on new technology, products or practices in any given farming industry. Agricultural technical advisors could work closely with manufacturers of new products, feeds, or farming technology and may attend seminars or training courses on the new releases.