English Herd manager looking for new experiences. Work close to Devon.
I studied A levels at sixth form so have no specific agricultural qualifications, but I can AI and have attended a variety of non official training courses.
Full Car Licence
Tractor, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Calving
I am competent with all livestock related tasks such as feeding with a keenan mixer wagon and using a Lucas bedding machine. I have previously done mowing and topping and have regularly used a John Deere gator and have an official qualification saying i can do so safely.
I worked as a herdman for just over a year following sixth form. Due to the herd manager leaving I was left in charge of the day to day running of the herd for a period of months. I am a clean and competent milker, with lots of experience in mastitis detection. I can also AI. As Well as being a competent foot trimmer having been in several training courses. Currently I work on four farms. They run a variety of systems one milk 180 high yielding holsteins and another milks 225 kiwi x cows on an extended grazing system so I am experienced with a variety of management systems. I have been working full time on a 9 week spring calving grass based herd.
Took on management of the herd in December 2019. 300 x bred cows all outnumbered on fodder beet plus followers on kale. Despite the weather the cows came off the fodder beet in condition score 3.
Again despite the weather this spring, calving went well. Breeding was completed with a 99% submission rate. Recent pd results show an 8% empty rate. Down from 28 last year.
Budget was to push numbers to 331. Through the improved conception rate we have achieved the end goal of 350 cows in the first year with 361 in calf leaving room for extra problem cow culls.
250 cows calving in the first 6 weeks, reducing the overall block to 8 weeks with only 4 cows in week 8.
A girlfriend of nearly 5years. We will be needing accommodation A cat and a dog also.
Currently am working lots, however i enjoy walking and shooting.
I began working on a small farm aged 13. This is where my journey into dairying began. As i got older i was allowed to gain more responsibility and by the end I was responsible for all record keeping such as registering calves and treatments. As well as being involved with decisions such as breeding policy.
Start: 01/11/2020 Finish: Not Specified
Close to Devon only