English Herd manager looking for new experiences and career progression. Work ideally to be in or close to Devon.
I studied A levels at sixth form so have no specific agricultural qualifications.
I am AI qualified but would require a refresher course as have not done anything other than washouts for 3 years.
I have a basic foot trimming certificate and have been in sole charge of foot trimming of a 300 cow spring calving herd averaging 98% score 0-1 last season.
I have attended several animal husbandry based vetenary courses such as " how to be a better herdsperson."
Full Car Licence
Tractor, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Calving
I am competent with all livestock related tasks such as feeding and bedding, post knocking and telehandler driving.
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. I worked on four farm as a relief milker, but would often undertake other activities such as herd health yard work or fencing grazing allocation etc. They ran 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 then took a full time position on a 300 cow extended grazing spring calving herd.
I took on management of the herd in December 2019. 300 x bred cows all outwintered on fodder beet plus followers on kale. Despite challenging conditions of both winters I have kept the cows at an average BCS of 2.5 to 3 pre calving.
Calving in 2020 went well with just 4 cows having RFM and 4 milk fevers, despite late turnout and a spring drought. Breeding was completed with a 99% submission rate. 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.
Calving 2021 is nearly complete with 90% calved on day 32.
Recently engaged to my girlfriend of 5 years 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: 01/05/2021 Finish: Not Specified
Close to Devon only