CV reference number: 56404
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Developed and managed 2 beef farms. Am looking to expand on knowledge and skills in the UK.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsNot listed
Other qualifications

Diploma in Education

Equipment experienceTractor, Fencing
Other equipment experience

Ford 6640 & Massey Ferguson 440SE

Livestock experienceBeef, Calving
Other livestock experience

• Livestock – selection and acquisition of bulls and breeding stock • Management of herds – dipping, vaccinations, dehorning, castrating • Marketing – culls and weaners • Feeding – management of winter and summer feeding programmes • Veterinary – in conjunction with the vet, drafting and executing veterinary programme

Type of farming wantedMainly Livestock
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence
Personal information
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SexMale
Age47
NationalityBritish
First languageEnglish
Other languages
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178cm 86kgs Brown hair Green eyes

Relevant health problems

N/A

Other Information

Nomination in the EASTERN CAPE PARKS & TOURISM AGENCY 2011 TOURISM & CONSERVATION AWARDS in the category: ADVENTURE TOURISM EXPERIENCE as one of the top three BEST PRIVATE GAME RESERVES in the Eastern Cape. After having taught in South Africa and the UK for a number of years, I changed career paths to that of livestock farming, a profession I had always been interested in pursuing. When the opportunity to farm presented itself I accepted the challenge gladly. I found the movement from one career to another to be seamless as the skills I had acquired in the teaching profession were applicable in my newly chosen one of farming, where time management, organisation, attention to detail, record keeping, interacting with different stakeholders on different levels, upskilling myself, honesty and hard work all apply. I have experience in developing and managing farms in South Africa. Much of my experience has been primarily with beef cows and game in an extensive environment. My responsibilities include the development and management of the infrastructure, working with large budgets and the financial responsibilities that they entail and managing human resources. I work closely with animal nutritionists and vets, as well as other farmers in the district, to ensure that the herd receives the best care and attention possible. Also, I am responsible for cow and calf selection, selection and purchasing of bulls and all record keeping. Other responsibilities include vaccinating, inoculating and treating sick cattle as well as implementing the dipping programme. I believe that the experience and skills that I have gained will be an asset to any agricultural organisation. What I have learned more than anything else in my current role, is that there is always room for improvement. My employer, a dairy farmer himself, has instilled the need to always improve on and enhance my skills through questioning and assessing my own performance. This is done through open discussions and analysis with my employer, the vet, the animal nutritionist and with feedback from my staff. Experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with all stakeholders in such an organisation. I have the ability to work within a team as well as cross-team. I am passionate about what I do and would like to continue to further my skills, knowledge and performance in livestock management, be it in sheep, dairy or beef cattle.

Marital status

Married. No children. 1 Dog - Jack Russell Terrier.

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

October 2011 – Present:  Farm, Cathcart. Approximately 4000 hectares, 482 head of cattle.  Main Responsibilities: Development and management of beef stock and game farm. Skills gained: • Problem solving – brainstorming, “thinking on my feet”, at times necessary to include other stakeholders in process, advice and/or opinions sought from experts in their respective fields • Motivation – clear guidelines are given to staff, positive reinforcement and recognition of tasks well done are offered, open door policy and encouragement to apply own initiative with guidance • Communication – with a variety of people: owners, contractors, staff • Management – managing a permanent staff of 5 people and casuals when required, recruiting and hiring of staff, hiring of contractors, hiring of machinery and equipment • Delegation – planned daily and weekly tasks for staff and delegate accordingly • Team work – clear roles are given to staff in order for there to be no misunderstandings of responsibilities which encourage the staff to work collectively March 2011 – October 2011: Cockin Farming,  Cathcart, Eastern Cape. Approximately 800 heactres, 120 head of cattle.  Main Responsibilities: Development and management of stock farm and lands. Skills gained: • Problem solving – brainstorming, “thinking on my feet”, at times necessary to include other stakeholders in process, advice and/or opinions sought from experts in their respective fields • Motivation – clear guidelines are given to staff, positive reinforcement and recognition of tasks well done are offered, open door policy and encouragement to apply own initiative with guidance • Communication – with a variety of people: owners, contractors, staff • Management – managing a permanent staff of 3 people and casuals when required, recruiting and hiring of staff, hiring of contractors, hiring of machinery and equipment • Delegation – planned daily and weekly tasks for staff and delegate accordingly • Team work – clear roles were given to staff in order for there to be no misunderstandings of responsibilities which encouraged the staff to work collectively August 2007 – February 2011:  Private Game Reserve, Kei Mouth. Approximately 1500 hectares.Wildlife and small beef herd (50 head of cattle). Main Responsibilities: Development and management of game farm & lodges. Attending to clients’ needs and itineraries. Skills gained: • IT – use of MS Office, design website • Design & décor – designed theme for lodges and implemented the décor accordingly • Catering – planned menus according to clients’ needs (breakfast, teas, lunches, light suppers & dinners), costed menus, hands on cooking of meals, purchasing of ingredients • Planning itineraries – organised travel arrangements for guests, organised activities; hunting, deep sea fishing, horse trails, game viewing, bird watching, mountain biking, trails through the Transkei, evenings out (dinners) • Budgeting – managed a monthly budget of a minimum of R75000.00 per month in close liaison with the accountant, staff wages, costings • Marketing – approached tourism agencies in Southern Africa, joined tourist websites, had game lodges inspected and assessed by AA Travel & Star Grading South Africa, designed website, designed posters and brochures • Management – managed a staff of 8 – 12 people, outsourced projects, recruited and hired staff, hiring of contractors, hiring of machinery and equipment, introduction and management of wildlife • Delegation – planned daily and weekly tasks for staff, planned menus and timetable for chef and delegated accordingly • Communication – with a variety of people: agents, local and overseas clients , contractors, staff • Problem solving – brainstorming, “thinking on my feet”, at times necessary to include other stakeholders in process, advice and/or opinions sought from experts in their respective fields • Team work – clear roles were given to staff in order for there to be no misunderstandings of responsibilities which encouraged the staff to work collectively • Motivation – clear guidelines were given to staff, positive reinforcement and recognition of tasks well done were offered, open door policy and encouragement to apply own initiative with guidance

Hobbies

Road running (up to half-marathon distances), cricket, squash, lawn bowls, walking, reading, movies of an historical nature.

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AvailabilityStart: 31/08/2018, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobPermanent
Preferred regionAnywhere
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