CV reference number: 72980
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Experienced shepherd / head stockman, hill and lowland, cattle and sheep experience.

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsNDA
Other qualifications

NDA in Agriculture

Equipment experienceTractor, Combine, Baler, PA1, Tracked machine, Telehandler/fork lift, Other harvesters, Fencing, Ploughing, Drilling
Other equipment experience

Quad bike, trailer licence, shearing equipment, tractor, plough, drilling- I’m competent and confident with most farm machinery with livestock and arable experience

Livestock experienceBeef, Pig, Sheep, Lambing, Calving
Other livestock experience

Head Stockman I am currently responsible for all livestock and day to day management of a mixed, new farm on a remote Shetland Island. I manage both the lowland farm and hill farming and the livestock includes a flock of about 600 crossbred ewes, a small pedigree flock of Suffolks, a flock of about 300 shetlands and a smaller flock of Blackfaces. I’m also responsible for about 30 pigs and 60 cows which include shorthorns, galloways and highlands as well as some crossbreds. Farming on a remote island poses it's own unique challenges and has been a fantastic experience. As the farm is in it’s early years this has given me the opportunity to improve not only the livestock but also the infrastructure of the farm such as building work (concreting, roofing, shed design, handling system design) and grassland improvements. As head stockman I have had the opportunity to develop flock and herd health plans. I have been responsible for all the usual stock care and land rotation for grazing and silage as well as management of all breeding regimes, calving, farrowing and lambing and the small team of helpers. Shepherd 07/2014 – 05/2018 I was offered a permanent role as 3rd Shepherd after working with them in my spare time through a lambing period. After some initial training working alongside their head shepherd I was quickly asked to take on the role of 2nd Shepherd. My role involved managing roughly half of their flock of 5000+ mules, I began by working under the guidance and advice of the head shepherd, I learnt a great deal and for the vast majority of my time later in the role I worked independently making decisions which increased the profitability of the flock. Throughout lambing and shearing I was responsible for managing and working with a team of people, on a day to day basis my role included all aspects of shepherding including routine vaccinations, drenching, hoof care, general health checks, treatment of disease and management, moving sheep and selecting fat stock. My knowledge and practice here has noticeably improved the health and output of the flock. Through the winter we grazed fodder rape and sugar beet and a variety of grassland throughout the summer so I have the ability to develop grazing rotations to benefit particular flocks. Stockman / farmhand 2008 – 07/2014 This was a varied role where I learnt a great deal about all aspects of farming both arable and livestock, I also completed my diploma whilst working here. In this role I was looking after about 120 beef cattle from calves to slaughter, this was a barley based system working closely with daily live weight gains to maximise profit margins. Alongside this I worked with their 1000 acres of arable land which included combinable crops and sugarbeet, I was responsible for corn carting, bailing, ploughing and other land cultivations, hedge cutting, some grain storage management as well as the upkeep of farm machinery and buildings. Farmhand throughout later years of school studies -2008 This was my first full time role after finishing school, I worked throughout harvest and had a good introduction to full time arable work. My main role was carting grain and potatoes whilst working as part of a large team. Here I developed a good understanding of driving and the maintenance of farm machinery.

Type of farming wantedMainly Livestock
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence, tractor
Personal information
SexMale
Age27
NationalityBritish
First languageEnglish
Other languages
Pen picture

6ft3, 92kgs

Relevant health problems

None

Other Information

Good team of dogs and strong work ethic. I will work around the clock and care for livestock really as if it were my own.

Marital status

Partner who has some livestock experience and is an experienced lamber, we're looking for a long term role in a great community where we can settle long term.

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

Currently head stockman on a remote mixed hill and lowland farm, responsible for commercial and hill sheep flocks as well as cattle and pigs. Previously, for a number of years I was a shepherd on large commercial farm with 5000+ breeding ewes as well as previous experience with arable farming and harvest work.

Hobbies

I like to take time to train my dogs, on the odd occasion I enjoy restoring tractors and maintaining my truck, I like to get involved in the community and have supported the local island hall and bar with events and the like, I enjoy sport and fishing.

Preferences
AvailabilityStart: 16/06/2019, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobPermanent
Preferred regionScotland
Where would you like to work?Scotland
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