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Dairy Farm Manager-500 Cows-North Shropshire-RSweb2129
North Shropshire

Dairy Farm Manager-500 Cows-North Shropshire-RSweb2129, North Shropshire

Added 16 Nov 2020

Job Summary

An exciting opportunity for a driven, dedicated, and professional dairy farm manager. 

Job Skills

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Farm Manager who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of Home Farm, ensuring both high standards and profitability.  The ideal candidate will be very experienced in managing people and producing milk from grazed grass.  Good communication skills are a must, as is the ability to manage at the tactical level and plan strategically.  Whilst experience of organic farming is an advantage it is not essential. This is a highly autonomous position with a business that is managed remotely.  We need a manager who will thrive on a high level of independence. 

500
North Shropshire
Reference: RSweb2129

Job Description

Home Farm is a 900-acre organic dairy farm producing 3 million litres for cheese.  The 500+ cows are in a split block with 300 spring and 200 autumn milkers, replacements reared on farm.  The farm has well invested grazing infrastructure and a modern herringbone parlour with further investment planned in the next few years. 

A very competitive remeuneration package with profit share is on offer with recently renovated family home rent and council tax free on the farm. 

For an informal discussion please contact Rob Stephenson on 07557 920255.

FACT SHEET

Location: The farm is located 5 miles North of the historic market town of Shrewsbury in the county of Shropshire. Shrewsbury is a large town and benefits from very good schools. The farm is situated off a major A road with links to North Wales, the Potteries (45 min) and Birmingham (1 hour).

The Farm: The Organic herd has expanded to over 500 cows with all home-grown replacements. The unit consists of 900 acres of Organic grass and fodder beet with outlying parcels of land. The farm has been set up for grazing with excellent tracks and water infrastructure.

Key farm facts are:

  • Spring block (300) & Autumn block (200) NZ and UK Holstein Cross cows
  • 24:48 DeLaval parlour Feeders DuoVac
  • Good handling facilities
  • Foot trimming crush

Staffing: You report directly to the offsite Director who manages other dairy businesses.

There is a 6-man team plus relief who report to you and are housed on the farm.

The Herd: The herd consists of over 500 small Holstein cross cows yielding over 5,000 litres on just 800 kgs of parlour feed. 

Calving is split into two blocks; spring and autumn. Spring calving cows are grazed all year round with buffer feeding and grazed Fodder beet. Autumn calved cows are winter housed on self-feed silage, fodder beet and parlour cake.

Winter forage crops and silage are fed to dry / young stock. 

All replacements reared in-house and are all out-wintered.

Milk is sold to a cheese maker on a solids contract.

Fertility: Excellent fertility is essential and requires good attention to detail to maintain a tight calving pattern and a low culling rate. Insemination of the cows is carried out in-house for 6 weeks and Angus bulls are then run for a further 6 weeks

Nutrition:  Cows are grazed whenever possible and are buffer fed with silage when grass reserves are low. Regular grass growth monitoring takes place and is recorded on AgriNet to plan grazing and silage making. Fodder Beet is grown to extend energy feeding though the winter. Parlour cake is fed and liquid minerals are dosed in the water. 

The Role: A full job description is available on request although main duties include:

  • Staff management
  • Grass management and feed allocations
  • All Organic compliance to do with the farm
  • Business/Office management ordering, invoicing and approving for payment liaising and working with contractors, suppliers and local farmers.
  • Proposing and agreeing budgets with the MD and managing to these plans.
  • Fertility management and herd health are central planks of success.
  • Heifer rearing, outside from 10 weeks, in 2 blocks to provide the replacements
  • Procedures and protocols, including Health and Safety

The Person: You will be experienced, dynamic and conscientious as the team and livestock manager. We expect you to challenge yourself to improve your skills and our business performance.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate experience with different roles in dairying. You are likely to have successfully managed a team of herds’ people and be able to demonstrate experience of grazing systems. Whilst an advantage experience of Organic systems is not essential.

Remuneration: In return for your commitment and hard work we are offering an industry leading package with options to suit your circumstances including a first-rate salary with profit share, house and regular time off.

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