Scottish outdoorsy all-rounder.
Currently an estate worker/handyman in Auchterarder with Highland cattle & general estate forestry and maintenance/fencing. Use of tractor for topping/spraying/haylage/bales.
I grew up on a family croft with cheviots, Aberdeen Angus herd & arable farming.
Mainly Livestock, Mixed Farming
Chainsaw qualification in maintenance, crosscutting and felling and process trees over 380mm - MPTC
Side by side UTV training
Full Car Licence, LGV/HGV Truck
Tractor, Combine, Baler, Ploughing, HGV1, HGV 2 and 3, Tracked Machine, Telehandler/Fork Lift, Fencing
Beef, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
I have driven tractors from very old (Case A reg) to my most recent tractor, John Deere 6000 series 12 plate. We also had an old JCB digger which I used regularly.
Our Claas combine was also of a good age and we carried out as much maintenance on this as we could.
I drove Class 1 articulated lorries for B*********of Tain collecting grain from farms and taking to distilleries around the North of Scotland - alot of very tight places to manouver.
HGV2 experience was with tipper and skip lorries.
Most fencing I have undertaken has been done by hand, occasional hiring of a postwhacker. All of this is done working alone.
I have experience riding an ATV
I have more experience with sheep than cattle, however I am always looking to widen my skill set.
We had a herd of 200 cheviots growing up, until I was 30. I helped on the family croft with all aspects - Lambing, tagging, castration, dosing, trimming feet, treating wounds, assisting shearer, movement of sheep.
We had a small number of Aberdeen Angus cattle of which I assisted movement, bringing them in for the vets, tagging calves and a small amount of calving.
My Highland Cattle experience is similar to that of the Aberdeen Angus herd.
We've also had hens and ducks which my wife likes to look after!
Would be delighted to get a working dog, if necessary, and train up - we had one on our family croft. This would be a full family affair for us! We are rural where we are but a life outdoors for our children is what we have always wanted. My wife has always helped on the croft also and shares the outdoors farming passion that I have!
Wife and 2 daughters (5 & 7) and our pet Rottweiler - he is most definitely a pet and is most happiest when sleeping.
I enjoy golf and motorcycle riding and spending time outdoors with my family. I enjoy 'tinkering' on vehicles/implements.
I am type 1 diabetic and have been for 14 years, it is well controlled with insulin
2016 - 2021 - Estate worker for 800 acre estate. Duties include: assisting owner with Highland cattle (feeding/haylage/movement/vets/de-horning), ordering of feed and deliveries. All estate maintenance; all fencing, water troughs, drainage work, building maintenance, grass cutting, road repairs, light vehicle maintenance. All forestry; felling of trees, movement of wood, processing firewood, chainsaw maintenance. Generally given a jobs list to prioritize and work alone. Enjoy all aspects of working outdoors.
2007 - 2016
HGV class 1 & 2 driver for companies throughout Scotland. All aspects of yard work undertaken also in each role with use of forklift.
2000 - 2007
British Army - Royal Logistic Corp
Driver - toured Iraq and Northern Ireland
I grew up on a family run croft in Portmahomack. We had sheep and cows and undertook all arable farming.
Start: 31/03/2021 Finish: Not Specified
Rural (ish!) location within the UK. We are happy to relocate.