I am a 35 year old experienced Dairy Farm Manager looking to further my skills within the Dairy Industry. I am currently in New Zealand and have been for the past ten years on a work visa but now want to further my career in the UK. Both my partner and I have experience Dairy farming.
•National Certificate in Agriculture Level 4
•Dairy Cattle Farming Level 3/Livestock Husbandry
•Growsafe Dairy Core Skills
•Growsafe Dairy Stage 2
•Agrichemical Approved Handler Certificate
All obtained in New Zealand
Full Car Licence
I use the tractor everyday to feed out to the cows.
I am very confident at fencing on the farm.
Experience mentioned below in the work experience section.
Me and my partner enjoy going on holidays and visiting new parts of the country that we are yet to see. We have two dogs, so we do a lot of bush walks.
______ Estate Ltd
(June 2018 Present)
I have been employed here as Farm Manager (along with my partner of 17 years Jade), on this 950-cow dairy farm for the last two seasons. The farm is predominately kiwi cross, with 304 effective irrigated hectares on the dairy platform. Situated on flat land, with a centrally located fifty bail rotary shed. Fitted with a read milking plant system, automatic cup removers, automatic teat sprayer and in shed meal feeding.
Whilst employed on this large scale dairy farm I have always strived as with everything in life, to do my best. I have made a significant impact not only increasing production, but also meeting farm targets, improving the aesthetics of the farm, and ensuring costs were kept to a minimal. Maintaining a positive, efficient, safe and cohesive environment as much as possible.
My daily duties/qualities include but are not limited to; overseeing daily farm operations, supervising staff working together directly raising, feeding and milking of the herds in order to meet production requirements, taking care of the production facility through carrying out regular weekly maintenance checks/repairs, regulating the herd performing weekly pasture drives to monitor pasture growth rates, analyzing this data to produce accurate grazing/feed plans in order to optimally feed cows, identification of a pasture surplus/deficit and managing proactively, ensuring grazing residual targets are met throughout the season, minimising animal health issues by proactive identification and treatment of stock, ensuring all stock are managed and handled in a way that protects the welfare of the animals, well versed in animal husbandry, rearing calves to target weights so only quality young stock re-enter the herd, implementing calving and mating systems/plans, identifying cows on heat for AB, calving cows, carrying out administrative duties such as; data entry (minda), producing staff rosters, daily/weekly jobs boards, near miss/accident reports, producing SOPs (standard operating procedures), approval of staff hours (time sheets) via agrismart application, staff development/performance plans, weekly records updated each week on excel spreadsheet linked via dropbox for operations manager to present to company board, structured orientation of staff training and identifying development needs, hiring of staff, training of staff, carrying out regular staff meetings, communicating effectively both verbally and written, demonstrating good leadership by leading by example, applying flexibility within my work schedule, ensuring all areas of the property are tidy and well presented, resource management act requirements are met, health and safety legislation is complied with, people on farm are kept safe, notifying farm owner (recording) of new hazards, accidents or near misses and these are eliminated, minimised or isolated as appropriate.
In general, I would describe myself as a very energetic and ardent person, I am punctual and adaptable, can work efficiently as an individual or just as well in a team communicating effectively and pose a good sense of humour.
______ Dairy Ltd
(June 2016 - May 2018)
The farm was sold back in June 2016 and purchased by overseas investors, who employed Farmright a New Zealand agribusiness investment company that provide consultancy and managed farm services to the dairy farming industry throughout the country.
After assuming the role as Assistant Farm Manager in my final season on the farm before it was taken over by new ownership, I was invited to stay on farm and continue my role.
I was effectively running our increased 1250 cow farm along with the current manager daily, developing and learning new skills to continue working towards my goal into a managerial position.
My daily duties included; organising up to four staff members for current tasks to be carried out each day, displaying good use of animal husbandry/stock management by promoting herd health and preventing health problems by proactive management, administering remedies as required and taking necessary precautions, heat detection and record keeping associated with both mating and calving, ensuring treatments are recorded correctly, operation of cow shed and meeting plant hygiene targets, completing feed wedges with accuracy around pasture cover and growth rates, maintaining a grazing rotation to meet targets for area per day and correct residuals, identifying a feed deficit or surplus, identifying paddocks for grazing, maintaining residual targets, completing farm walks, managing pivot irrigation and effluent requirements and carrying out routine equipment checks including dairy plant, vehicles and machinery.
______ _________ Ltd
(May 2012 - June 2016)
______ _________ Ltd was a well established large scale dairy farm, situated on just over three hundred hectares milking 1000 cows.
I was employed there for three years, where I carried out the role of Herd Manager.
My time working on this farm taught me many new skills, and I always applied a positive attitude and proved to be a good team player. I gathered a good use of knowledge towards pasture management and animal husbandry and welfare.
Daily tasks included but were not limited to; running the cow shed,milking cows,washing the vat and plant,performing maintenance tasks such as servicing bail rams, platform drive wheels and bearings, identifying/recording sick or lame cows and treating accordingly, identifying cows with mastitis,drenching and vaccinating animals, monitoring stock health,identifying calved cows,identifying cows on heat during milking, calving cows when necessary, treating cows for milk fever or other metabolic issues, feeding calves, allocating feed, calculating dry matter, measuring pasture cover, feeding minerals and supplement feeds,moving K lines,sprinklers and rota rainers, managing effluent disposal, fixing fences, tractor work, installing new water lines and ensuring water supply, chainsaw operation tasks, weed spraying and yard work.
Start: 01/10/2021 Finish: Not Specified
Anywhere in England, we are both very flexible. I would like a job that includes accommodation where possible.