Ref No. Job Reference No. - 25858
Head Shepherd Stockperson job - Scottish Borders
Arable, Beef, Sheep

We are a fourth generation mixed family farm with a solid 100 year old foundation. After a period of succession, investment and diversification, the farm is in an excellent position to continue to thrive without being reliant on subsidy.

Our arable, sheep, cattle, tourism and biomass enterprises have been refined to suit the 1850 acres of owned land. The diversity of the farm maximises self-sufficiency, which we believe to be one of our biggest strengths for the future.

Our mixed arable and livestock rotation means that soils are in good health and we continue to focus on advances to further improve our infrastructure, soil health, efficiency and self-sufficiency.

We grow Winter Wheat, Winter Barley, Winter Oats, Oil Seed Rape, Spring Barley and Pea and Oat arable silage within a 9 year arable rotation, followed by a three year grass lay.

We run 1100 Lleyn ewes in a self-replacing flock with a well refined genetic improvement process in place. We also run 140 Angus/Sim spring calving suckler cows. All sheep and cattle offspring are finished on farm with minimal external inputs. We also grow turnips, kale, grass silage and hay for winter livestock feed.

We operate a modern and efficient fleet of machinery utilising GPS steering, variable rate applications and reduced cultivation.

The farm will be supported by 3 full time team members, including an arable foreman, livestock foreman and a general farm worker. Whilst each will have their own responsibilities, the mix of farm enterprises requires regular cross over and a team approach. We also work with specialist contractors for work that can't be completed in house.

From October 2022 we require a self-motivated, responsible, organised and competent head shepheard and stockman with excellent attention to detail. The role will involve close communication with the farm owner and day to day responsibility for livestock operations. Supporting other farm enterprises and team members is also key. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to take a step up in their career and be responsible for day to day farm operations.

The candidate will ideally be able to demonstrate the full spectrum of sheep and cattle husbandry within a commercial enterprise. Experience of livestock related machinery operation and care is desirable in order to suit the mixed farming operation.

The role could include but is not limited to the below, however, there is the ability for the role to be adapted to suit the correct team members:

•Animal nutrition management including the preparation and maintenance of sheep and cattle for full pregnancy cycle and finishing all offspring on farm.

•Daily management and progression of our self-replacing Lleyn flock which has been well refined to suit the farm and market demands.

•Responsibility for selecting retained ewe lambs and preparing all excess ewe lambs for private sale from farm.

•Daily sheep and cattle care and husbandry including feeding, checking, medicating, dozing, weighing, crutching, preparing for sale etc.

•Grass and grazing management within our clean grazing and grass rotation regime.

•Organisation and operation of lambing with assistance from farm team and seasonal help.

•Organisation and operation of silage and hay making partly contracted out.

•Organisation and operation of sheep shearing currently contracted out.

•Maintaining livestock machinery on farm and arranging external maintenance and parts when required.

•Winter cattle feeding, nutrition management and bedding. Using mixer wagon and silage trailers when required.

•Cattle care and calving management including tagging and detailed record keeping.

•Store management of straw, silage, feed, fuel etc.

•Recording and compliance including reporting monthly sheep/cattle numbers and medicine records to the farm office.

•Implementation of farm health plan.

•Temporary electric fencing skills to manage strip grazing of turnips and kale, as well as forming paddocks where required.

•Fencing and joinery skills for repairs and maintenance.

•Workshop and metalwork skills for onsite repairs and fabrication.

•Occasional chainsaw and tree work to clear field perimeters and roads.

•Input into replacement livestock machinery selection and management in line with wider farm strategy.

•Input into replacement ram and bull selection in line with wider farm genetic strategy.

•Operation and maintenance of straw burning biomass system which supplies heat to 9 properties and the grain drier.

•The ability to cross over and assist arable operations when required and where they relate to the livestock operations.

•Weekend stock work in line with agreed team rota.

Good level of remuneration to be agreed in line with experience and refined role. Good on farm accommodation available for the correct candidate.

If you would like more information then please apply. Confidentiality will be adhered to at all times.

Job Length



Start: 31/10/2022,
Finish: Not Specified


To be agreed based on experience


Full time - hours to be agreed



Accommodation Type

Family House

Accommodation Price

TBC with package

Other Accommodation Information

Part time work available for a partner (or older children) within farms diversified accommodation offering.

More Information
Distance from shops and amenities

4 miles

Smokers Accepted?


Driving Licence Required?

Full UK Driving Licence

Other Information

This is a permanent and long term role for someone looking to progress their agricultural career.

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