Experienced Shepherd - hill and lowland, sheep and beef. Sheep shearing to Silver standard. Grazing for wildlife conservation. Statutory livestock recording. Competent tractor, quad. Own dogs
Tractor licence, quad licence, side arm flail, veterinary medicines, trailer and animal transport tickets, sheep shearing silver seal, chainsaw, clearing saw, first aid,
Full Car Licence, Tractor Licence
Tractor, PA1, HGV 2 and 3, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Pig, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
Regular use of ATV (quad and mule)
Regular use of tractors
Haymaking and topping experience
Over ten years experience as a contract lamber. Sheep shearing to BWMB Silver Seal standard, worked on shearing trailer and had my own round. Owned and managed my own flock of rare breed sheep for many years, with many successes in the showring. Worked on two very large hill farms in Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria, each running 2000 hill ewes, breeding replacements and NC Mule gimmers, preparing gimmers for sale. 16 years as Livestock Manager for Wildlife Trust, managing conservation grazing programme with circa 250 sheep and 35 Highland cattle. Currently managing 250-ewe pedigree Lleyn flock, MV accredited and organic standard, and 200 cattle.
I have my own working dogs
Living with partner.
Showing sheep, sheepdog trialling, socialising with close friends, occasional holidays uk and abroad
Highly experienced shepherd with over 20 years experience on a range of farms and farming systems across the U.K., having been focused on sheep management, lambing and shearing, with an exemplary track record for high standards of animal welfare and attention to detail.
Conversant with modern systems, statutory livestock recording, farm assurance and cross compliance standards combined with over a decade of real-world experience in conservation land management.
An accomplished native sheep breeder, award winning showman and successful sheepdog handler to national trials standard.
I am seeking an opportunity, full or part time, with or without accommodation, to return to a shepherding role. I am flexible in my approach and while I have a preference for hill sheep work, I am willing to consider all options. In return I can offer experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the right job.
Background Originally from a non-farming family, I always had a strong desire to work in agriculture and on leaving school I made an active career choice to work with livestock, initially going to Wales for a year of work experience, followed by a Diploma course at Cumbria College of Agriculture (Newton Rigg) specifically aimed at hill and marginal farming. On completion of my training I worked for a year on a large estate in the Scottish borders, with a 2,000 ewe commercial flock and 300 pedigree Blonde dAquetaine cattle.
I then made a choice to broaden my experience by becoming self-employed and for some ten years undertook lambing contracts on a wide range of sheep systems across the U.K., being asked to return to repeat the same contracts year on year. I learned to shear and for many years have worked both alone shearing smaller flocks and as part of larger contracting gangs through the UK shearing season. Outside the lambing season I based myself primarily on upland farms in the north of England where I particularly enjoyed production and preparation of breeding stock for sale.
Due to a need for a more settled employment model, for a temporary period I took a deliberate change of career. I took an opportunity to work with a local authority in the dog control services team. During this time, I continued to develop my own small flock of native breed sheep and do some part time local shearing and lambing work. The flock ensured I kept connection with the agricultural world, lead to regular successes in the show ring and a reputation for producing high quality, pedigree breeding stock.
A combination of success, knowledge and networking led to an involvement in the management of several native sheep breed societies including a three-year term as Chair of the Hebridean Sheep Society.
During these years I also helped to manage the small farm at home and delivered one and two day training courses in sheep handling, lambing and shearing.
Start: 07/12/2020 Finish: Not Specified
All UK locations considered. Preferance for North of England, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Welsh marches or midlands