Brian, Irish, Sheep farmer. Grew up on a sheep farm consisting of over 300 breeding ewes. Full Irish Drivers License. Honours degree in Agriculture. Also worked in New Zealand milking 1100 cows so I have no problem with working with other animals.
Full Car Licence, Tractor Licence
Tractor, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
On my home farm we have two tractors, one of them with a front loader with a shear grab mainly used for filling the diet feeder. The diet feeder is powered by a PTO of the tractor for feeding the ewes. High powered ATV use and motorbike experience. Also have experience in topping weeds, spreading fertilizer and outdoor feeding.
On my home farm we have over 300 breeding ewes. We scan all our sheep and whatever are in lamb are all housed and separated into groups ranging from singles, twins and triplets. Reason for this is that for how much feeding, example, the twins would be getting more concentrates and fodder that the ewes having singles. I have many years lambing sheep and able to work at the while under pressure. Oral drenches to treat for liver fluke and lung worms is used once the withdrawal period has expired. The use of different flukicides is always used so the ewes cannot develop a resistance to the flukicide. While in New Zealand I was working on a farm with 1100 milking cows with 285 hectares. The milking was done on shift bases. Tasks included setting milking, up fences in paddocks so cows would get fresh grass all the time, heat detection, disease detection such as cows with sore feet, mastitis. Picking up calves and feeding calves, feeding cows silage and irrigation.
5 foot 6
2015-present Managing a sheep farm consisting of 300 ewes. Tasks include assisting lambing, examine animals to detect disease and injuries, and apply prevention methods such as dipping and dosing. Operation of heavy machinery, such as tractors pulling a front loader and diet feeder. Also completed other farming tasks including working with a team of dogs.
2019-2020 Dairy farm assistant: Member of a team consisting of 6 other people of different nationalities working on a dairy farm consisting of 1100 milking cows, on a grass based system with a 60 bale rotary parlour on 280 hectares. Worked with a team of 6 other people from different nations, on a shift basis. Role also consisted of picking up calves during the calving period, once in the morning and once in the evening. Identifying sick cows with illnesses such as, mastitis and lameness. Tending sick cows such as cows with milk fever and irrigation. Operation of heavy machinery such as tractors to spread fertiliser , mow and roll fields.
2015- Present: Contract shearer: Travelling to various farms with flocks ranging from 20 to 200 sheep. Shear wool from live sheep during summer months, using power-driven clippers or hand shears, clipping wool close to hide so that fleece is removed in one piece while taking care not to nick or cut skin.
2017-2017 Farm labourer: For college work experience I worked on farm consisting of cattle, sheep and hens. Attended cows calving, weighed bulls, fed animals indoors and outdoors with tractor and feeding trailer. Dosing and tagging the calves. Worked in the hens sheds, putting fresh sand in, assisted in the grading shed packing eggs for consumer use. Assisted in the general maintenance of the farm.
Start: 02/11/2020 Finish: Not Specified
I would like to work on sheep farm in Scotland where there is big farms as I have a huge interest in working with big numbers, but have no problem working with other types of livestock.