CV reference number: 50416
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Pig Technician seeking new career.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsCity and Guilds, Btec
Other qualifications

Currently studying for a part time science degree

Equipment experienceTelehandler/fork lift, PA2, Tractor
Other equipment experience

Tractor driving, telehandlers, etc.  Experienced tractor and skid steer driver.

Livestock experiencePig
Other livestock experience

200 indoor sow unit and 200 outdoor.  I work hands on with pigs of all types, from dry sows, working in the farrowing houses, to weaners, growers and finishers. 

Type of farming wantedMainly Livestock
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence, tractor
Personal information
SexMale
Age37
NationalityBritish
First languageEnglish
Other languages
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Relevant health problems

None

Other Information
Marital status

None

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

For the past 12 years I have been employed by the University of Leeds, in the position of Research Technician based at Spen Farm, the University's Farm. The farm is a small commercial unit, running a 3 week batch system with around 200 indoor sows, and 200 Freedom Foods outdoor sows. We finish roughly 80 pigs a week at 110kg. Since the 12 years I've been at the farm my role has changed dramatically, from been a new member of staff, with little pig experience, to being the most senior member of the team with responsibility for the team and students based out there, and many different aspects of the farm and research. I feel that the varied nature of my role on the unit would help me achieve success in a new farming role. I work hands on with pigs of all types, from dry sows, working in the farrowing houses, to weaners, growers and finishers, and often spend more time with the animals than the stock person. The health and welfare of the animal has always been most important for us at the University, and we've always tried hard to be on the lookout for anything that is a detriment the health and well-being of the livestock. This is especially important when running trials, where anything could have an affect upon the results. All animals on a trial will be monitored, their condition noted, and any medication and intervention written down. The trail work carried out on the unit is mostly nutritional studies, involving the weighing of pigs and feed through different stages. I have however worked on many different trials, some requiring Home Office Licensing, which required us to work to a set procedure and have random visits from the Home Office to ensure we were carrying out trial correctly and legally. Past trials have included looking at the effect of farrowing indoor/outdoor on the gut of the newly weaned piglet. Looking at the effects of Zinc Oxide in the control of e.coli, this was a regulated trial by the Home Office in which we had to monitor the pigs constantly and treat or destroy any ill pig. A meat quality trial, in which we looked at the difference between fast growing, slow growing, and diseased checked pigs. We have also carried out vaccine trials for the PCV2 virus. This is just a small example of the trials I have been involved with. Through all the trials that we have carried out, record keeping, timing and planning has been extremely important. I often have to work out how many sows are due to farrow on which date, how many pigs we will have for which trial, where pigs will be on the unit, how much free space we have, the feed requirements, and when an order for feed must be placed, when rooms must be washed out in order to prepare them for trails, and selecting pigs for slaughter. This has given me a very high attention for detail and I like to think I always work diligently in carrying out all on farm, and office based duties. I'm also an experienced tractor and skid steer driver.

Hobbies

I have a wide range of interest away from work which include music, and walking, and I'm also a season ticket holder of my local rugby league club. I also like to do a bit of DIY and have recently converted a small van into a campervan. I'm also studying for degree in sciences and statists which though is hard, I'm finding very enjoyable.

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AvailabilityStart: 14/10/2017, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobTemporary
Preferred regionYorkshire
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