CV reference number: 38705
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Freelance shepherd, from Shetland Islands, run own croft (300 sheep) and shepherding business for 10 years providing range of services.  30 years experience working on family croft with sheep (400 sheep) and small herd of 20 beef cattle. Breed and train good working dogs from proven lines. Preferably looking for work in Highlands/Islands of Scotland.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsNVQ Level 1,2
Other qualifications

General engineering NVQ level 2

Equipment experienceFencing, Tractor
Other equipment experience

Work mostly with small tractor working with hay, peats. Undertaken fencing on own croft and for others on a small scale basis, using tension equipment, all fencing done by hand without the use of machinery. Use of stock boxes with sheep and cattle.

Livestock experienceCalving, Lambing, Sheep, Beef
Other livestock experience

Sheep Work: Management of all aspects of care own flock of 300 sheep and assisted with family croft of 400 sheep both inbye and hill, breeds include Shetland, North Country Cheviots, Texels and Suffolks. Run own freelance shepherding business for over 10 years providing range of services to local crofters (20 regular clients and shear average 3000 sheep per annum). Fully capable of all aspects of sheep care gathering and moving, shearing, dipping, drenching, foot trimming, feeding, breeding, lambing. Cattle Work: Assisted with family croft small herd of 20 Beef cattle, breeds include Shetlands, Charolais, Shorthorns, Aberdeen Angus and Herefords experience of calving, feeding, mucking out, gathering and moving.

Type of farming wantedMainly Livestock
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence, tractor
Personal information
First languageEnglish
Other languagesNil
Pen picture

Height 5ft 5inch, Weight 11 stone

Relevant health problems


Other Information

Have provided sheepdog training to others and sheepdog displays for events, tours as requested. I am a fit individual, hardworking, honest, reliable and trustworthy. I have a keen interest in and enthusiasm for sheep and beef farming and am keen to continue developing my knowledge and expertise in this area. I am able to work on my own initiative as well as part of a team. I am able to work in all weather conditions and for long hours.

Marital status


Where are you currently living?Shetland
Do you have the right to work in the UK?Yes
Farming background

Aug 1994- Jul 1996 - Apprentice General Engineer Shetland Norse Preserving Company, Mid Yell, Yell. - Duties: general plant maintenance, machinery maintenance, welding and fabrication, ordering stores. Jul 1996 - Oct 2005 - Trainee Deckhand progressing to deckhand, Shetland Island Council, Inter-island Ferries - Duties: assisting in; embarkation and disembarkation, berthing and mooring, fare collection and cashing up, housekeeping and cooking for crews. Oct 2005 - Present - run own freelance shepherding business providing services to local crofter including - gathering, shearing,foot trimming, drenching, dipping. Throughout all above assisted on family croft beef cattle and sheep and since 2005 have also managed own croft working sheep.


Compete at Sheepdog trials Self-study of sheepdogs and member of International Sheepdog Society Enjoy crossword and Sudoku puzzles Enjoy cooking

AvailabilityStart: 08/01/2018, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobAny
Preferred regionScotland
Where would you like to work?Islands/Highlands
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