Due to retirement, we require a skilled and experienced herdsperson to milk and care for a herd of 200 pedigree Holstein Fresians. We are located near Lockerbie, South West Scotland.
We are looking for a reliable, self motivated and enthusiastic individual who has excellent communication skills whilst being able to work in part of a small team. The candidate must strive to work to a high standard and be pro active in herd health and cow wellbeing.
Key responsibilities of this position would be:
-Milking twice daily at 4am and 3pm
-Monitor heats and detect
-Monitor cow health and detect illness
-Keep milking and dairy areas clean to aid the production of high quality milk
-Maintain accurate records
-Daily cow shed duties including sawdusting and some scraping
-Night checks involving monitoring calvers and pushing up silage
The family have been farming at Dryfesdalegate for over 55 years. The farm is located 3 miles from the town of Lockerbie. The farm is now in its 3rd generation. Lockerbie is located right on the M74. The town has many local amenities such as shops, pubs, hotels, schools and clubs for every interest.
The milking herd consists of 200 Pedigree Holstein Fresian cows and calf all year round. All calves are kept and reared on the farm. Our replacement heifers are all bred at home and eventually come into the main herd. We use a local contractor for AI and Foot Trimming. The cows are housed in winter and out to grass in Spring/Summer. All fields are easily accessible with good tracks. The cows are also fed to yield in the parlour during milkings. All sheds have automatic scrapers, mats or mattresses then bedded with sawdust.
Supporting the team and the family, we require someone who can help drive the farm forward while working firmly within the team.
In return for your efforts we can offer a competitive salary, regular time off on a 6 week rolling rota as well as progressive in house and external training where required.
We can provide accommodation for the right candidate which will be rent and council tax free.
As we are a family farm, we will require the successful candidate will be subject to a PVG check.
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