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Herd Manager/Head Herdsperson-Expanding Farm!! South Leicestershire-BFweb1894

Herd Manager/Head Herdsperson-Expanding Farm!! South Leicestershire-BFweb1894, Leicestershire

Added 10 May 2019

Job Summary


Are you looking for a secure job on an expanding progressive dairy unit?! Brand new parlour and cubicle buildings currently under construction!

Job Skills

We require a herd manger/head herdsperson with previous experience in a similar role or looking to step up into a senior position.  Whilst we are looking for someone with the relevant previous experience we are particularly looking for someone who can lead the team and who is thus an excellent communicator. You must also be a good grassland manager who can regularly plate measure. Foot and AI experience would be an advantage although not essential.


Reference: BFweb1894

Job Description

The farm has expanded over recent years with the development of additional cubicle and young stock housing with a shift in breeding policy to focus on cross breeding and utilising milk from grazed grass. However, in the past 6 months the farm has undergone a major transformation with brand new cubicle shed and parlour building containing a 25:50 Fullwood parlour.
The autumn cows are mainly Holstein or Holstein/ Norwegian X, with the spring calvers mainly being NZ Friesian. The split is circa 70 spring and 210 autumn. Springs are grass based and fed in the parlour. Autumns are out to graze in the summer and fed a TMR in the winter. 

In return we offer a competitive salary with bonus schemes, 3 bed accommodation with large garden which on farm, regular time off and bonus scheme.



Location: The farm is located just outside Lutterworth in south Leicestershire. There are excellent transport links to all parts of the country and very good local schools in the area.

The Farm: The farm comprises of 400 acres which are owned and another 40 acres that is rented, all within a ring fenced block which carry circa 280 milking cows plus replacements.

The owners are currently in the final stages of completing building works which will essentially form a green field site. Included in the building works are a 200 cow cubicle shed with central feed passage, parlour shed housing a 25:50 Fullwood parlour, collecting yard, AI and sorting race, diary, office and bathroom/shower room.

Key farm facts are as follows:

• 25:50 Gascoigne parlour

o ACRs

o Direct line

o In-parlour feeders


• Split calving (approx. 70 spring, 210 autumn)

• Excellent cow housing including brand new 200 cow cubicles shed, traditional cubicle building and modern young stock facilities

• Cubicles fitted with mattresses - bedded with saw-dust & lime

• Automatic scrapers

• Foot trimming crush

• Grass based system, weekly plate measuring

• Autumns fed a TMR including maize, grass silage, caustic wheat, rape, vits and mins etc.

Staffing: There is currently four full time members of staff including the farm owner.

The Herd: The herd currently consists of 280 cows, split into two calving blocks as mentioned previously. Spring cows are NZ Friesians averaging around 6000 litres, autumns achieve around 8500 litres and are either Holsteins or Holstein X with a either Norwegian red or Fleckvieh.  

The majority of replacements are reared in-house with beef calves sold locally. However, due to a shift in calving pattern, spring calvers have been out sourced. 

Current milk quality is as follows:

• 3.2 Protein

• 4.0 Butterfat

• 120 Cell count

• 20 Bactoscan

Milk is sold to Arla (Tesco) on a liquid contract

Feet & Fertility: Fertility and general feet maintenance is dealt with in house.  Although a foot trimmer is used periodically and at drying off. 

Nutrition: Cows are grazed during the summer months. The autumns are fed the following TMR during the winter (and also as a buffer when required):

• Grass silage

• Maize silage

• Rape meal

• Caustic wheat

• Blend

• Vits & Mins

Nutritional advice is carried out by Promar.

The Role: A competent, experienced and dedicated herd manager or head herdsperson is required to work with the cows on a daily basis.

Main tasks are as follows:

• Grass measuring and feed allocation

• Foot trimming

• Manage herd health and fertility

• General stock husbandry tasks

• Vet, med & animal record keeping

• Supporting staff and managing the team

• Milking

The Person: You need to be a very competent and accomplished herd manager or head herdsperson who is able to think for themselves and run all elements of a modern dairy herd. Someone who is a good decision maker and willing to be dedicated to animal health and welfare as well as a good communicator are essential qualities for this role.

A proven track record of stockmanship is a must for this position. You must be able to lead a team and communicate efficiently with all levels of staff, contractors an suppliers. 

Remuneration: In return for your efforts we offer a highly competitive salary with bonus schemes, regular time off and accommodation free from rent and council tax.

The house available is a semi-detached house which is on-farm with the following features:

• 3 bedrooms

• Large garden

• Kitchen / diner

• Double glazed



To apply email  For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy or any other queries please contact  Ben Furnival on 07551123045











To apply email or call Ben Furnival 07551 123045

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