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A Vacancy for a 2IC-Reading-SASCweb2336-b5a7b

A Vacancy for a 2IC-Reading-SASCweb2336-b5a7b, Berkshire

Added 24 Dec 2021

Job Summary

An exciting new vacancy has become available for a 2IC at Mapledurham Estate, near Reading.  

Job Skills

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and dedicated 2IC who is a cow enthusiast to join our 7 full-time and two part-time team members who will have preferably worked with high yielding cows within a team environment and who is willing to take on responsibility and help manage the continued success of the herd. There is a full-time feeder operator within the team. 

The ideal candidate will have a track record of clean hygienic milk production together with a good mix of technical expertise and practical knowledge with the ability to help make decisions and a can-do attitude. They must be a good team player/leader to help motivate the dairy team.

What we are looking for is:

•    Proven dairy skills
•    Excellent people skills within a team environment
•    Timely and accurate record keeping
•    Milking herd and dry/ young stock health and welfare 
•    DIY AI trained, and foot trimming experience preferred

Reference: SASCweb2336

Job Description

The Estate has been in the same ownership for over of 500 years.  In recent times the herd has grown to a herd size of 485 cows plus followers.

The herd is milked 2 x per day through a 50-point Westphalia parlour with auto-ID, auto-segregation, and computerised feeding. The farm runs both Interherd and DP management programs which are used extensively to monitor performance of the 11,000+ litre herd.   We use a TMR feeding system with Digi-Star software.  The herd is cubicle housed with auto scrapers on rubber matting and run our own umbilical slurry system. Calving is all year round to supply a premium Marks and Spencer contract. DIY AI is done on the main herd and sexed semen with RMS on the young stock, which are reared in house. Performance levels are set at an industry high and are audited by both milk processors and retailers on a frequent basis.

An excellent package is available to the successful candidate to include performance related bonuses, a nice 2/3 bedroom centrally heated cottage on the Estate, rent, rates and council tax free.  There is also a generous amount of time off.

For an informal discussion please contact Simon Collier on 07885 951105 or email your CV to 

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