CV reference number: 41027
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I have been working for a Agricultural contractor in Hampshire since January 2017. My role varied from sprayer/ combine operator to cattle management and audit preparation. Im looking for relief work over the summer or a full time role. I have manged a small sheep farm and attend the Royal Agricultural University as a mature graduate. I have the relevant practical skills to support both arable and livestock enterprises and I'm looking for a permanent position on an arable/mixed farm.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsNDA
Other qualifications

Graduate Diploma in agriculture (RAU Cirencester) with Merit , Military and civilian vocational training, O level passes in English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Physics, Metalwork, Technical Drawing and Woodwork.

Equipment experienceTractor, Combine, Baler, PA1, PA2, HGV 1 to 3, Tracked machine, HGV1, HGV 2 and 3, Telehandler/fork lift, Other harvesters, Fencing
Other equipment experience

I'm an experienced operator and have carried all tasks relating to arable and grass land management. The equipment I am experienced on is listed below:- JCB telehandler (526), 500cc quads, Bobcat skid steer (T180) Tractors; John Deere 7430, New Holland TM140, 60/70, T7-235, Kubota ME 8200/3200 and Fendt 722, some with Trimble 2050/ Green Star and Topcom Auto steer. Combines; New Holland CX8080, Case IH 1460 and Class Lexion 740. Sprayers; Hardi LY 800 mounted sprayer, Batman RB25 self propelled, Houseman self-propelled/trailed and Knight trailed sprayer. Cultivation equipment; Simba sub-soiling, Horsch FM and Vaderstad NZ & L. Other; Tegal XT20 spreader, Tegal flail and Spearhead toppers, flat and cambridge rolls (5-12m), chain harrows, Twose DR 185 mower, Kuhn 4.5m tedder, 16t Larrington/Baily Trailers and flat beds. I hold my PA1 and PA2, a Lantra telehandler certificate, full clean driving licence, H (tracked) and a C+CE class HGV licence.

Livestock experienceBeef, Sheep, Lambing
Other livestock experience

I have three years experience of running an organic sheep farm near Marlborough consisting of 180 Lleyn breeding ewes and 60 Castlemilk Moorit (plus flock replacements and followers), with responsibility for total flock care, forage and pasture management and estate upkeep. While running the flock I improved the lambing percentage from 0.5 to 0.7 (during three lambing seasons) and improved birth weights by effective nutritional management of the ewe pre-lambing and in early lactation and with the subsequent improvements in DLG. Foot rot was prolific within the flock when I took over, through the use of the FAI’s 5 point plan and careful pasture management reduced the problem to a manageable 8%.The organic status of the farm, required strict compliance and meticulous record keeping to maintain its organic status, working within Soil Association requirements, which was my responsibility. The farm had 15 head sucker herd for the last twelve months,which I managed alongside the sheep, with limited calving. Management and care of 90-130 AAX weaned calf's to stores.

Type of farming wantedMainly Arable
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence, hgv, hgv1
Personal information
Profile Picture
SexMale
Age49
NationalityBritish
First languageEnglish
Other languagesnone
Pen picture

I'm 180cm tall and weight 91kg, I used to have blond hair before it deserted me at an early age.

Relevant health problems

No, I'm fit and healthy.

Other Information

Below are extracts from past references (Please email me directly for full versions and other references) “Andrew is of good character, is honest and has worked well within a team of other temporary staff as well as interacting positively with full time staff. His punctuality is good at all times. Harvest has been delayed and Andrew has been willing to work some irregular shift patterns”. “Andrew is completely reliable and has been left to run the farm on many occasions. I have no hesitation in recommending him to any farming concern needing someone to develop their business”.

Marital status

Married, but no children

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

I started my working life in the military, then worked as an engineer and spent 18 years with the company in operational roles. I left the cooperate employment as I wanted to work within agriculture. I started my own business and took on a contract to manage an organic sheep farm near Marlborough where I soon gained enough responsibility to take over the flock and estate management. Since my time as a shepherd I have been a student at the Royal Agricultural University to complete a Graduate Diploma in Agriculture (which I passed with merit overall), studying advanced crop production (passed with distinction) and advanced livestock production as optional modules. I have worked for a number of mixed farms and contractors since 2014, working as a sprayer/combine operator and assiting in running their operations.

Hobbies

I like to sail on the west coast of Scotland, tour Europe by motorbike and keep fit by paddling my kayak.

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AvailabilityStart: 15/06/2019, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobAny
Preferred regionSouth West
Where would you like to work?Wiltshire
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