full/part time stock related Herdsman, Relief Milker, Calf/young stock rearer beef suckler/bull beef 25 mile radius Church Stretton Shrophsire
NCA, City and Guilds
Mainly Livestock, Mixed Farming, Other
Full Car Licence
Tractor, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
Have worked on arable farms ranging from 100 to 1,000 acres. Mainly harvest work.
Have worked with varying herd sizes from 10 to 1000, working in tie barns herringbone carousel and robot milking. Day to Day herd management with herds from 70 to 1000 cows with varying breeds of cattle Norwegian Red Jersey Holstein friesian Gurnsey, and recently 2 and 3 way cross breeds NRFxJersey or Holstien x Nrf x jersey.I can foot trim and DIY AI ... Most health issues I can treat or deal with but mush prefer to target problem areas with prevention rather than cure. Most positions held in dairying Has been targeting herd health, breeding and milk production while keeping margins. I am. able to develop good routines and on going practices through the calf shed from entering to leaving as weaned calves and onto young stock through to insemination. dehorning vaccinations etc if and when required.Used various calf rearing systems one the years from whole milk , acid milk, sour milk powdered milk 1x to 5x aday feeding adlib feeding and automatic feeders The ability to keep accurate records for both >Cows and calves both paper and computer systems used. Cow feeding ... used to most systems from self feed clamps to complete diet feeders with mixed rations or taking just silage or hay to the feed face.Feeding systems grass only buffer fed or feedlot systems I have experienced all these system not only in UK but Australia and Norway. At present working as herd manager in south Shropshire wanting change
Keen Hiker,, walker, camping out bush, Swim to keep fit also compete in Masters swimming competition.
6ft 1", 103kgs
No Health problems
Present from Feb 2021relief milker ,calf rearer, Assistant herdsman 600 cow dairy split in 2 300 spring 300 autumn calvers 24x48 swinger over grass based New Zealand system.Shropshire Herds Manager 2019 -2021170 Ayrshires 24x24 rapid exit AYR Relief Farm Worker January 2009 to date, Norway Responsibilities include: • The Norwegian government supports all farmers with relief cover for holidays and sickness. I am employed full time to provide this cover • I am responsible for relief cover for over 400 varied farms • Primarily working as a relief milker I also work on sheep, pig and beef farms • All aspects of farming including feeding, stock welfare, building/land/machine maintenance, tractor work, field tasks, record keeping • Farmers can be absent due to sickness for up to a year. On several of these occasions I've been responsible for the day to day running and control of the farm: maintaining and increasing milk yields, lowering cell counts and fertility and rearing excellent young stock. In most cases farmers have adopted my approach on their return • Farmers regularly ask for my advice and I gladly share my knowledge to help them achieve better results. Many implement my ideas for their farm set ups • Working on farms here in Norway has given me experience of very diverse range of setups from simple tie barns with no electronic or computerisation through to fully functional computerised and automated robot setups. Some examples include: o Milking up to 80 cows in a tie barn system o Running a twin robot setup and working with the 3 main leading robot manufacturers o Milking 110 cows through 20:20 herringbone • I have learnt that making managerial decisions whether it be for the animals or the farmer is a very fine line. Every situation with every farmer is different. I feel without exception I have made the right decisions for both and maintained good continued relationships with the farmers • I have worked with several breeds of cattle in Norway, principally Norwegian Red with a few Holsteins and Jersey Herds. Cross breeds are becoming increasingly popular • The nature of this role means every day is different, I have to learn fast on the job and build close working trusted relationships with many different farmers Business Owner 2002 - 2007 Aquarium Specialist Central Coast, Sydney, Australia Responsibilities: • Designing, supplying, installing and maintaining salt and fresh water aquariums for private and business customers • All aspects of running a business as well as the practical hands on work and customer service Business Owner/Manager 2002 - 2007 Umina Mini Reef & Pet Store Umnia, New South Wales, Australia Responsibilities: • Daily care of the live animals in store including birds, fish, dogs and cats • Stock control • Customer service Web based chat room coordinator 1999 - 2001, New South Wales, Australia Responsibilities: • Management and coordination of staff rotas and shifts for up to 30 simultaneous chat rooms Herd Manager 1997 - 1999, New South Wales, Australia Responsibilities: • Management of 1000 herd dairy with 3 milkings per day • Rotation of shifts for 14 staff • Day to day management of the herd • Herd health to reduce culling rates, high cell counts, fertility and foot problems calf rearer • Development of computer operated dairy recording system Herdsman 1994 - 1997 Queensland, Australia Responsibilities: • Herdsman for 200 progressive dairy • Feed lot system using mixer wagon • Assisting with embryo transfer to accelerate herds genetic number Farm Assistant 1993 - 1994 Queensland, Australia Responsibilities: • Assisted with the day to day running of 70 cow dairy • Pasture strip grazing • Daily care of small herd of pigs • Pasture management including irrigation and drainage Various farming positions 1979 1992 South East England Responsibilities included: • Dairy management • Relief milker • Field work including harvest, re-cultivation, planting • Herd health • Calving • Calf rearing Education Hertfordshire College of Agriculture 1975 1979 • National Certificate in Agriculture • City and Guilds Stage 1,2 and 3 • National Certificate in Agriculture • National Proficiency Tests Council for Agriculture and horticulture • Agriculture training Board 3 year Craftsmen Certificate • Craft Certificates Stage 1 and 2 • 1 year Dairy Farm Management Certificate 6 O Levels, 1974 - 1975 English, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Biology, Biology 7 CSEs, 1972 - 1974 Maths, English, History, Geography, Biology, Woodwork, French Further relevant qualifications 2000 2001 • Certificate IV in Small Business Management 1998 2000 • Forklift licence (not current) • Advanced drivers school (Australia) 1992 1998 • Dairy farming in tropical climate • Dairy farm management • Pig husbandry 1985 1992 • Dairy stock courses • Tractor drivers licence and improved driving course • Foot trimming • Stock judging and marking • DIY AI
Start: 01/12/2021 Finish: Not Specified
Shropshire, within hour traverlling of Church Stretton