Head herdsman. Work Yorkshire/Cumbria.
NCA, NVQ Level 1,2,3
Full Car Licence
Tractor, PA1, Telehandler/Fork Lift
Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
Tractor driving and maintenance. tractor and trailer work inclusive of slurry and rolling etc.
My stock experience includes milking, rearing young stock from new born right through until first lactation, maintaining herd health such as three and seven day fresh cow keytone and temperature checks. Keeping on top of any mastitis/ cell count issues, aiing, working closely with vets on routine visits, calving cows and so on.
Head Herdsman | Cambridgeshire
MARCH 2020 - Present
Acting as assistant dairy farm manager working with 400 Holstein cows. Duties include but are not limited to;
• Co-ordinating and assisting daily herd inspections to assess general animal health acting in a timely manner to all issues as well as assistance during all veterinary visits
• Assist with regular training of new staff to ensure agricultural regulation compliance and Health and Safety is maintained
• Dehorning and dosing calves as well as rearing to optimum weight and health
• Confidence in problem solving and exercising judgment whilst working under pressure
• Medication and vaccination administration
• Health assessments of fresh calved cows taking 3 and 7 day temperature and keytone checks
• Daily tracking of herd health using Cow Manager system
• Hygiene maintenance and yard cleanliness inclusive of power hosing etc
Head Herdsman | NI
OCTOBER 2010 MARCH 2020
Worked as Head Herdsman managing a dairy farm with 500 Holstein cows completing twice daily milkings in 19x19 BouMatic parlour with continuous improvement strategies implemented to ensure optimal milk production. Large herd working has enhanced both organisational and animal husbandry skills with daily monitoring and maintenance of all breeding data and vaccine programs. Regular working in partnership with vetenary staff to maintain the welfare of all animals and gained strong working relationship with Seamen reps for World Mating System (WMS). Proven track record in artificial insemination of cows and heifers in line with mating programs as well as assisting with pregnancy diagnosis in cows and heifers. Fully competent using Agri-BouMatic computer records system for heat detection and AI records as well as permit application with government Department of Agriculture (DAERA). Also fully competent with tractor and trailer work inclusive of slurry and rolling etc.
Herdsman | NI
JULY 2008 FEB 2009
Working as a herdsman with over 300 pedigree Holstein animals. Strong focus on milk production and daily milking which included set up, operating and maintaining milking parlor equipment. Regular interaction with livestock enhanced animal husbandry skills to enable full confidence when identifying and isolating all animals who were sick resulting in milk unfit for human consumption.
Participated in regular assistance with veterinary visits gaining experience in identifying sickness and administering medication, vaccinations and maintaining cattle identification and health records with reference to calving dates and heat detection.
Herdsman | West Sussex
JULY 2008 FEB 2009
Experienced gained on both an arable and dairy farm. Tractor driving and maintenance greatly improved ensuring all farm equipment was operational resulting in reduced repair costs. Yard and livestock hygiene prioritised to reduce risk of injury and ensure health and safety was maintained as well as optimum milk production. Daily livestock checks carried out both individually and alongside veterinary visits to check for physical signs of disease or injury. Introduction to administering preventative medications and vaccinations independently in co-ordination with veterinary livestock management plans. General dairy farm duties carried out from bedding animals, milking and calf rearing.
Start: 16/10/2020 Finish: Not Specified