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Hancock Agriculture is a renowned agricultural company, encompassing Hancock Pastoral, Wagyu Operations, and S. Kidman & Co. Pty Ltd. With a rich history in agriculture, we manage over 20 properties across Australia, covering a vast land area of 3.49 million hectares. As one of the country's largest producers of Wagyu and commercial cattle, we maintain a herd of over 150,000.

As a vertically integrated farming operation, we oversee every step of the process, from breeding and backgrounding to grain feeding and sales of the finished product. This approach ensures the highest standards of animal husbandry, traceability, and quality assurance. At Hancock Agriculture, we are proud to offer our team members the unique opportunity to be part of an organisation that upholds these exceptional standards.

Job Type:



Competitive remuneration


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Job Description:

Join an industry-leading Agribusiness and become a valuable member of our team at Sundown Valley station in New South Wales. We are currently seeking a person to join the team as a Head Stockperson.

  • Located in the stunning New England region of NSW, Sundown Valley station boasts a picturesque location, with close proximity to the charming towns of Armidale and Tamworth. This station plays a pivotal role in our Wagyu business, focusing on the production of premium, high-quality cattle. Encompassing an expansive 22,000 hectares, the station successfully manages a herd of 12,000+ head, with an impressive annual turnover of 15,000 cattle.

  • Sundown Valley is a predominantly feeder backgrounding cattle property focused on rotationally grazed pastures with breeders and intensive breeding programs as well as opportunistically trade cattle as part of the operation.

  • Key elements of the Hancock Agriculture property is a focus on a safety culture and a continually improving desire for the highest Animal welfare as a part of the 2GR wagyu brands cattle supply.

Key Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Head Stockperson role will lead the livestock focused teams day-to-day activities as well as being a part of the planning and managing priorities of the program.

  • Attributes that are important to this role include a solid understanding of fundamental cattle production processes and good cattle handling including mustering in both intensive systems and hill country.

  • Experience with working dogs and solid horsemanship and is important, along with familiarity with infrastructure and machinery knowledge.

  • The ideal candidate will have a passion for continual learning, open communication and be focused on improving and enhancing our operations, the property and quality of our cattle.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience in the movement, handling and processing of cattle, using calm and quiet methods with the advantage of digitalised communication, improved weaner cradles, cattle crushes and yard shading

  • Demonstrated experience in a Head Stockperson role, have working dogs.

  • Ability to provide leadership, supervision, direction and expert advice across station operations

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, be interested to understand why and how we can do it better

  • Ability to organise and prioritise tasks effectively.

  • Strong communication skills

  • Proven livestock assessment and husbandry experience

  • Strong commitment to workplace health and safety

  • Maintain accurate records and communicate effectively in the workplace.

  • Utilise technology in the paddock and computer based yard systems.

  • Current Class C driver’s licence

  • A genuine passion for agriculture

Job Benefits:

  • At Sundown Valley Station, we are committed to providing our team members with a rewarding and comfortable experience. 

  • In return for your dedication and hard work, we offer competitive remuneration and the chance to immerse yourself in the picturesque beauty of the New England region of New South Wales.

  • Enjoy a comfortable housing with family accommodation available. 

  • You will be joining a team with both single people, couples and family on the station. 

  • We aim to make the place feel like your home as well as your work. 

  • Close proximity to an excellent local school.

  • Become part of a team that values collaboration, integrity, mutual support, and a strong sense of community. 

  • We foster a positive work culture where everyone feels respected and valued.

Apply below with your resume and references.


Please note: You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for positions with Hancock Agriculture or S. Kidman & Co.

REF | 20240318

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