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Job for Skilled Arable Worker needed for Family Farm in <:>South Oxfordshire<:>

Farm TypeArable

Description of position:  We are looking for someone to join our team on a family farm.  We are an arable farm with permanent pasture rented out as grazing for beef cattle and sheep. We have 250ha of arable, 100ha permanent pasture, woodland & rental properties.  The role includes mainly arable work & machinery maintenance, farm maintenance, fencing, basic checking of livestock, etc.  This is an active physical role within a small team incorporating a variety of skills.  We need someone with good fieldwork skills who can operate both modern and older machinery.  Spraying, combining and drilling experience are essential.  We look after our machinery well, take pride in our work and are hoping to find someone who has a similar approach.  Good time management and the ability to work alone as well as part of the team are essential.  We use modern technology in addition to traditional methods, we do not use autosteer. Standard hours 7.30am – 4.30pm (3.30pm on Fridays) with 1 hour unpaid lunch.  Weekend checking of livestock rotates between staff.  Overtime during busy periods and of course during harvest when it’s ready to be cut, we just get on with it!  Experience Required Arable Work:  This must include spraying, cultivation, record keeping, telehandler experience, drilling & combining.  Machinery maintenance:  Mechanical knowledge required; will need to perform regular maintenance, assess any repairs needed, fix where possible, order parts and liaise with outside technicians if necessary.  Most importantly a calm head when things break down! General Farm Maintenance:  Chainsawing & fencing experience would be an advantage. Livestock Management / Care:  Basic livestock experience would be helpful.  Qualifications GCSE  C or above or equivalent in English and Maths Full UK driving licence + Part E (Trailer towing if not covered by your standard licence) Spraying - PA1 PA2 Telehandler certificate, Chainsaw Certificate (training can be given)   Tractors: Claas Axion 810 John Deere 6610 John Deere 6910S   Telehandlers: Claas Scorpion Merlo   Sprayer: Bargam JR 3000   Combine: Claas Lexion 650 Flexible Start Date.

Job LengthPermanent
DatesStart: 30/09/2019, Finish: Not Specified
Driving License Required?Full UK Driving Licence
Employment TypeArable
Accommodation Available?Yes
Accommodation TypeFamily House
Accommodation Price0
Other Accommodation Information

We would prefer someone who can live on the farm and have cottage available under a service occupancy agreement.  Two bedrooms, walk in wardrobe (Small bed 3), one bathroom (electric shower over bath).  Oil central heating, open fire in living room, coal rayburn, electric cooker, utility/boot room, brick shed and separate garage both with power & light.  Fully fenced garden with lawn and veg patches.  Part of a semi built in 1909 – now double glazed  – warm in winter, cool in summer, great views, short walk to work!

Distance from shops and amenities2 Miles
Smokers Accepted?No
Other Information

The farm is all in one block so we rarely drive on the main roads.  Minimum tillage, challenging black grass, variety of soil types, mostly flat.  We use contractors for big baling & maize but do most everything else ourselves.  We built a new grain store a few years ago and have invested in some new machinery.  However, we still use a range of older machines and rather enjoy the variety. We have rental properties on the farm and in the local village.  Farm workers don’t usually have much to do with that side of the business but we are always happy to pop round with a telehandler bucket for tenants if they are having a garden tidy.  Generally just a quiet, friendly small community.  We rent the grazing to our neighbour for his livestock – we keep an eye on them but don’t get involved in TB testing/Vet, etc.  During lambing we usually house some of the cattle to help him out so there is some feeding and bedding up to do then. 1.5 miles from M40, 2 miles from Watlington (school, shops, pubs, curry house), 9 miles from Thame (bigger variety of shops & restaurants).  Local pub (very friendly, great food) 20 minute walk, best pizza for miles a short drive away, ridgeway and lots of other footpaths/bridleways nearby. The house is now vacant so start date is totally flexible.

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