NVQ Level 1,2
AI and foot trimming
Lantra Antibiotics in Dairy cows course
Distinction in First Diploma in Agriculture at Plumpton College
Full Car Licence, Tractor Licence
Tractor, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Dairy, Beef, Calving
Calving jack, dehorning, castrating, foot timming crush, scraper tractor, loader, automatic scrappers, ketone testers, colostrum refractometer, Deleval milking parlour with hygnius, Westfalia Surge Washround system, clipping, Automatic cluster flush, ACR, Uniform, CTS, CIS, Farm Wizard, NMR herd companion, Cow Manager tags, Deleval Alpro Collars, sending off blood and milk samples to the vets. Biodigesters,
Been working on dairy farms since I left school, was a fully hands on herd manager for nearly 10 years.
Body condition scoring, milk recording, identifying quickly RDAs and LDAs, identifying Torsions, able to correct most calving problems unless a caesarean is needed, vaccinations, foot trimming, AI, Bull handling, Calving, worming, fly control, grazing management, mastitis control and management.
A very practical and self-motivated dairy cow specialist with a proven track record in managing animal health, recording animal production and making genetic decisions within an agricultural environment. Over 10 years animal husbandry experience within the South East, developing pedigree Holstein Cows. Strong problem solving skills and animal welfare knowledge with plenty of experience in calf rearing, livestock parturition, dairy cattle nutrition and driving for optimum milk hygiene. Innate practical health skills such as ketone testing, drenching cows, foot trimming and identifying DAs. Great team leading skills with attention to personal encouragement, motivation and delegation. Professional relationships with nutritionists, vets, Semen reps, foot trimmers and Arable staff. Worked closely with feed companies for dairy cows, from ordering and maintaining stocks to new products and technology. Adept at teamwork, being forward thinking and communication.
Married with one child
My biggest passion is for my own Holstein business run in Maidstone, ****** Holsteins, where I have bought elite pedigree embryos from all over the world and have shown and sold offspring from them. These agricultural shows are how I like to spend my holidays. My hobbies also include being outdoors, walking my two dogs in the countryside
6 foot 3.
Farm 2022 - present
Dairy Herd Health Specialist/Maternity Manager
Take a lead role in day to day health management of 1900 cow dairy and responsible for the maternity unit. My tasks include:
-Finding and treating sick cows
-Recording antibiotic usage
-Ensuring safe delivery of calves
-Colostrum testing and feeding
-Lead and train a small team of people
-On call for out of hours calvings and health issues
-Manage fertility protocols
-Manage the drying off process with 100% no antibiotics used
Farm/Estate 2020 2022
500 milking non-pedigree Holsteins on 3 X a day milking and all year round calving. My tasks include:
-Morning and afternoon milkings in 20:40 Westfalia Herringbone parlour
-Mastitis sampling on farm using Accumast.
-Leading role in foot trimming inbetween the routine foot trimmer visits.
-Heat detection and AIing cows and young stock
-Close eye on calving cows and tubing first colostrum feed for efficient speed.
-Attention to detail with cow health, milk quality and cow welfare.
-Working well in a large team environment, communication and morale
AI Precision Technician
After intensive and detailed fertility training I was given an AI round within the South East. My tasks included:
-Communicating with farm staff
-Using on farm fertility technologies and software
-Serving cows to a high level, hitting targets and goals
-Responsible for the farms fertility
Farm 2010 -2019
With these pedigree Holstein dairy cows, I play a pivotal role in all aspects of the health and welfare of the herd so that maximum production can be achieved. Working 12-hour days, 6 days a week my tasks include:
-Milking 300 cows in 16:32 Herringbone parlour, twice a day, 6 days a week
-Identifying cows in oestrus
-Herd average of 10,500L
-Organising staff rotas, cover for holidays
- Solely responsible for mating choices and breeding goals
-Aiding calving cows and care of dam and calf post parturition
-Solely responsible for ordering feed and medication
-Fully responsible for Farm Assurance
-Maintaining accurate paperwork for all aspects of the farm e.g. deliveries, deadstock, milk recording
-Identifying ailments and administering drugs accordingly
-Arranging with slurry contractors
- Working with vets and nutritionists to make decisions to move the herd forward.
- Grazing management in the summer months
Dairy Farm 2007- 2009
- 250 Holstein Cows
- All milking duties including mastitis and drying off
- Calving cows and feeding calves
Holsteins 2004- 2007
- 150 holsteins
-Lots of machinery work including yard duties
-Working under instruction and independently
-All aspects of the milking routine, mastitis, drying cows off etc
- Calf rearing
Start: 01/11/2023 Finish: Not Specified
South & South East
A farm that has passion for their cows, wanting the best out of them by having high standards of health and comfort and sets goals and targets. I want to push my self on a progressive farm that wants to move forward.