Experienced Herdsman and GFW. Responsible & methodical, leader & team player. Love all aspects of dairy farming. Heat detection, AI, calving, foot trimming, tractor work, repair and servicing of machinery. Experience of large and small enterprises. Fit and dependable. Work in Devon or Cornwall.
NCA, City and Guilds
Chainsaw handlers induction course.
First aid/CPR certificate.
Full Car Licence, Tractor Licence, LGV C+E (UK Only)
Tractor, Baler, Ploughing, Tracked Machine, Telehandler/Fork Lift
Dairy, Beef, Calving
Mowing, baling, ploughing, hedge trimming, fence post driver, telehandler, slurry tanker and muck spreader. All mechanised processes associated with grass-based dairy farming.
Servicing, repairs and periodic maintenance of tractors and machinery. Oil, fuel and air filter changes.
Milking (large and small herds), AI, heat detection, calving, foot trimming, calf rearing, treatment of sick & lame animals. Administering drugs. Assisting with vet visits. Strip feeding and with feed wagon, TB testing.
Trail runner, mainly coastal path, woods and footpaths. Mountain biking, ocean swimming, cooking, playing the guitar.
5ft 6, ten stone.
April 2010 to Present
Although based predominantly in the dairy, I continue to have a keen interest in the farming side of the business and work with the cows at every available opportunity. Milking and scraping up, heat detection, assisting with vet visits etc. Also building maintenance, installation of cubicles, fencing and tractor work as required.
I started my employment with the company as a general operative and progressed to assistant to the head Cheesemaker. Liaising with on-site electrician, fitter and office staff regarding repairs and potential problem areas. Responsible for the majority of clean down procedures and setting up the dairy ready for the next day's production. I am also the nominated mentor for new employees, instructing them in safe working practices and correct procedures.
January 2006 to February 2010
Daily care of Brahman cross beef suckler herd. Calving, sorting etc. Maintenance of stone fruit tree and apple orchards. Packing and processing harvested fruit. Organising pickers and seasonal staff through back packers, hostels and online, as my wife studied at the City College in Brisbane.
June 2005 to December 2005
Yard Team Member
Agricultural Co-operative - South Molton
The role here was a varied one. Advising farmers and general customers over the counter, by phone and email regarding the wide range of products stocked. Sourcing bespoke items and generating final costings. Unloading and loading of products with a forklift and general yard work.
November 2004 to May 2005
I travelled through Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands with my wife.
September 2001 to October 2004
Direct Marketing Company - Midsomer Norton
I wrote bespoke programs to de-duplicate and manipulate name and address data as per client requirements for marketing and legal purposes, data screening and database management. Daily meetings with account managers. Working to tight deadlines with a keen eye for accuracy and detail.
April 1992 to August 2001
As the sole employee working closely with the owner, I had shared responsibility for most aspects of the day to day running of the farm. Daily milkings, scraping up and bedding down, strip feeding, feeding the cows, youngstock and calves. AI, keeping herd health and fertility records, foot trimming, parlour maintenance and fencing. All mechanised processes including mowing, ploughing, baling, hedge trimming and servicing and repair of associated machinery. Basic welding and building maintenance. I also ran operations on the farm during the owner's absence.
January 1991 to March 1992
Working within a team of 5, I looked after a large commercial herd of 450 cows and followers, three times per day milking. AI, foot trimming, auto scrapers, auto-id. TMR fed through the winter. All mechanised processes associated with a grass-based dairy enterprise. Plus maintenance of a 7-acre wood attached to the farm.
September 1987 to December 1990
Daily milking, heat detection, foot trimming, tractor work, scraping up, grain carting during harvest. Instructing and assessing students from Lackham College in dairy hygiene and good milking practices as part of their practical course work.
September 1986 to July 1987
Studied full-time at Cannington College
National Certificate in Agriculture
July 1985 to August 1986
General Farm Worker
Assistant Herdsman & GFW while studying City & Guilds Phase 1&2 Dairy and Grassland Management. Milking 350 cows, calf rearing, scraping up, bedding down, silage making and fencing.
Start: 06/05/2021 Finish: Not Specified
I would like to work in Devon or Cornwall.