I am an agricultural professional with over 40 years experience looking for work in England and Wales. Experience working with sheep, suckler cows producing store cattle and general farming duties and maintenance.
Mainly Livestock, Mixed Farming
7 O- levels, 40 years experience.
Full Car Licence, Tractor Licence
Tractor, Combine, Baler, Ploughing, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Lambing
Tractor up to 240hp, old combine, class round baler, plowing, drilling, mowing.
140 sucklers finishing all calves, 400 ewes finishing all lambs, 30 welsh black cows, 900 brecon hill cheviot ewes at anotherFarm, 20000 to 30000 store lambs, 500 fatting cattle.
Play darts, watch rugby, visit children and grandchildren, watch westerns.
5ft 8ins, 14st well built,
I started work on the family farm near Brecon, part-time, during my school years and full-time from the age of 16. I have 40 years of experience working with suckler cows producing store cattle. From 1998, I took over the day to day management of the farm from my father, and began to change the breed of cows from Herefords and HerefordXFriesans to Continental Crosses (CharolaisX and LimousinX). When crossed with our Charolais sire, we found that the progeny made a far greater profit at the local market.
The farm ran 80 suckler cows, and calves were sold between the ages of 10 14 months. I was in totalcharge of their day to day welfare, including calving. I was also responsible for all paperwork (i.e. subsidy, passports etc). When everything became computerised I became proficient at using the Agridata program for record-keeping. The family farm is 250 acres with a further rented 30 acres. Along with the cattle, we ran 400 ewes, producing fat lambs for Waitrose. Again, I was responsible for all day to day care of the flock, including lambing. I am a competent tractor driver. I have qualified to drive a teleporter. I also worked, on a casual basis for the local market, as a cattle drover, and also did shearing during the summer months.
From April 2002 until January 2006, I worked as a builders labourer and became fairly competent in therelevant skills associated with the building trade. This enabled me to completely renovate my home and build an extension by myself (including plumbing, electrics etc).
From January 2006 until February 2008, I worked as Farm Manager in Brecon. Work included management of 830 Brecon Hill Cheviot ewes and 20 pedigree Welsh Black cows. I was quite happy in this employment but my employer decided that he could no longer afford to pay me, though he was very satisfied with my level of work. He subsequently made his youngest son Farm Manager at the property.
From February 2008 until November 2011, I worked in Shropshire. I had responsibility for the overall care and management of 120 cows and followers, taking all cattle through to fat at 14 18 months. I was responsible for introducing Saler cattle into the herd, which proved to be extremely successful particularly concerning the ease of calving, with no discernable change to the quality of the carcass when compared to the Blonde dAquitanes also used. I was initially also responsible for a flock of 250 Scoth Mules, taking lambs through to fat, which I increased to 500 ewes, mainly Texel and Suffolk Cross to improve the carcass quality. I was made redundant.
From April 2012 until 2018, I was employed to be the lairage operator based in Shropshire. Initially, I was responsible for the general welfare of the sheep coming onto the farm before they went to the slaughterhouse, anywhere between 24 hours and one week. Numbers of sheep could range anywhere from 1000 to 4000 a day at any one time. I also dealt with the arable side of the farm, meeting with agronomists, contractors, etc. Within 3 years, the arable side had grown and also the amount of livestock I was responsible for (over 6000 a day, including the farmersown breeding stock for the farm), so my responsibilities became solely for the livestock and someone else took on the arable responsibilities. Sometime after this, this wassoldandI was still also responsible for the flock. A2nd farm was bought with abigger sheep flock and fattening cattle. I was always called to investigate if there were any problems. Unfortunately I was maderedundant in April 2018.
I became self employed in April 2018, and worked for a period of 7 months in Chorley, Shrops. This was a dairy farm. I was feeding and caring for the calves and also doing general farmwork.
In November 2018, I began working on a Farm, Shrops, still self-employed. Again, this was a dairy farm and I was a general farmworker.
Start: 21/01/2021 Finish: Not Specified
Livestock Farm based in the West Midlands or Wales.