CV reference number: 45679
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45 yr old experienced stockman, with a farming background including relief milking and vegetable production. I have extensive experience in AI and bovine pregnancy diagnosis.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsNot listed
Other qualifications

4 week Intensive Artificial Insemination Course (Cattle). Vet Image Solutions-Bovine Ultrasound Scanner Operators Course. Farm Skills XL Vets - 2 day Foot Trimming Course. Telehandler certificate. Farm Skills XL Vets Practical Lambing Course.

Equipment experienceTractor, Tracked machine, Telehandler/fork lift, Fencing, Ploughing
Other equipment experience

Use of John Deere tractors, spraying fruit trees and vegetables, ploughing, discing, towing trailers,planting and lifting potatoes. I moved fruit and vegetables between farms using 10-tonne lorries. I spent several working holidays on a hop farm driving a Massey Ferguson tractor and cutting hops. Whilst I was working on the construction of store cattle sheds I used a range of machinery including Manitou, 360 dumper truck, loader and front end loader. I used a 360 with grab attachment to move large building materials around the site and jack hammer attachment to break up concrete. I used a Fasttrac to move soil around the building site. For several months during a strike at Woodlands Dairy I used a Forklift and high-lift to load processed dairy products on to 36 tonne taut-liner and flat-bed trucks. I have experience of using a Tele-handler for scraping, bedding up and feeding store cattle using a silage block cutter. I used a Ford TW-15 and mower to carry out pasture management. I used a post-knocker for planting fencing posts, and tomato supports. I have a Yamaha Grizzly 350 4WD quad bike that I used daily to check on livestock in mountainous terrain, or with a trailer to take lick and supplements to feeding points. I have experience of welding and basic mechanical maintenance. I have experience of fencing, and laying water pipes.

Livestock experienceDairy, Beef, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
Other livestock experience

I owned and took care of herd of beef suckler cattle and flock of sheep from 2007 until their sale in 2016. I also managed 150 suckler cows belonging to someone else. I carried out all daily management tasks for the herd including tagging, castrating, branding (freeze and hot-branding), de-horning, and inoculations. I kept stringent records of calvings and medicines administered. I am qualified in AI,and in my current role carry out between 15 and 50 AI's per day. I am qualified as a DEFRA approved bovine ultrasound pregnancy scanner, and have scanned part time for the past couple of years. I am qualified in bovine foot trimming. Experienced in assisting with difficult calvings. I spent two years relief milking on alternate weekends for an AYR calving, pasture based Jersey herd. I was responsible for preparing the dairy ready for milkings, and carrying out the twice-daily milkings. I checked the general health of the herd and reported any problems to the farmer. In my role as Extension Officer for a large dairy processing company I assisted farmers regularly with taking samples for SSC and bacterial counts. During 2007 I assisted with the rearing of 400 dairy and dairy-cross calves, including feeding, tagging, castrating, de-horning and administering medicines. The dairy calves were reared as replacement heifers and store steers for a local farmer, and the dairy-cross heifers became a part of the early suckler herd, and were crossed to beef sires. I had a small flock of 30 Dohne Merino ewes, that I carried out all daily management tasks for including tagging lambs, castrating and docking tails using an elastrator, inoculations, foot-trimming, and hand-shearing.I also have some experience of poultry and pigs, as I kept 100 free-range layers, and raised weaner piglets to slaughter weight for home use, and for sale.

Type of farming wantedMainly Livestock
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence
Personal information
SexMale
Age45
NationalitySouth African
First languageEnglish
Other languagesAfrikaans
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Height 1.86m Weight 90kg

Relevant health problems

None

Other Information

Although I have spent the past few years working as a transport manager in the dairy industry, farming is my first interest, and I managed a large herd of beef cattle successfully in my spare time. I am looking to settle full-time into a farming role.I am hard-working and dedicated. I have a passion for farming, and would like to develop my skills to become an asset to a farming enterprise.

Marital status

Wife and 3 year old son (both British)

Where are you currently living?Cheshire
Do you have the right to work in the UK?Yes
Farming background

I have been involved in farming my whole life, having grown up on a mixed dairy and arable farm. I spent school holidays driving tractors on local vegetable farms. I have been involved with farming to some extent, even when my main job has not been livestock based, as that is where my main interest lies. I farmed part-time with a beef herd and small flock of sheep in South Africa. I have extensive experience of artificial insemination as a bovine fertility technician. I carried out ultrasound scanning commercially in South Africa. 10 years as manager of a citrus, vegetable and potato farm in South Africa.

Hobbies

I am interested in Rugby and used to play at local club level in both England and South Africa. I also enjoy fishing, game-hunting and woodwork, and have designed and built a lot of my own furniture.

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AvailabilityStart: 01/12/2018, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobPermanent
Preferred regionAnywhere
Where would you like to work?Anywhere
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