Herd manager required for a spring calving grass-based system based in the midlands of Ireland.
560 cows on 164 ha with 100 ha of support ground for silage and youngstock. Modern facilities with 40/80 herringbone parlour with cup removers, 535 cubicles and a brand new calving shed. Crossbred herd calving 90% + in 6 weeks and calving lasting 10 weeks. Mainly grass based system with new paddock, water and roadways installed in the last 2 years. Typically 500kgs/cow of concentrate. Grass is measured regularly with 40 measurements done a year.
What is involved in the role?
•Milking and Milking Hygiene
•Animal Health and Welfare
•Grassland Management and Allocation
•General Farm Maintenance
We operate a 12/2 roster in the spring and switch to 11/3 once the bulk of the calving is finished. You will be required to do two evening checks a week during calving with night calvers starting from 10pm and finishing at 5am. The same will apply during the breeding season with paddocks checks. There are 4 full time people working with us along with part time and seasonal help. We have very little machinery with most work being done by contractors. The day typically starts at 7am and finishes at 5pm and we try keep these hours as much as possible in the spring. Cows are fully dried off around the middle of Decmeber and calve the 1st of February.
We encourage playing sport and/or hobbies and will be flexible with time off and milkings in order to suit time off farm. 54 bail rotary planned for next season to improve milking effiency and time off. 5 bed family accomodation is available. Learning opportunities encouraged with paid courses and travel. Clear career progression and an opportunity for stock ownership.
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5 bed house close to the farm. Opportunities in the area for work along with access to local school and shops in the locall village 5 mins away. Dublin is 1 hr 30, Galway 1 hr 30, Cork 2 hrs and Limerick 1 hr
Full UK Driving Licence