Herdsperson-180 Organic Cows-Wilts/Oxon Border-TJweb2074
Herdsperson-180 Organic Cows-Wilts/Oxon Border-TJweb2074, Wiltshire/Oxon Border
We have a new contract vacancy for a herdsperson to take responsibility for all aspects of the daily routine on this family farm just outside Faringdon.
Duties will include milking, herd health, record keeping, foot trimming and AI would be an advantage. The ideal candidate will have a good mix of technical skills, stockmanship and practical ability ensuring that the highest standards of health & welfare are maintained across the entire herd.
Cows are calved largely in the autumn and are fed a TMR as required and currently yield 7000ltrs. The unit has a modern recently installed 20/40 Waikato parlour with ACR’s and backing gate. A mixture of loose housing for dry cows and straw bedded cubicles with auto scraped passages provide a comfortable environment for the cows.
The package will include regular time off, salary to reflect experience, and a rent/council tax free 3 bedroom semi- detached house, on the unit.
Location: The farm is located just outside the market town of Faringdon which is less than 10 miles north of Swindon and has very easy access to the M4 and rail network. A very good primary school is in the village and secondary schools are serviced by busses.
Farm Description: Church Farm is home to a very well-bred herd of 180 organic H/F cows currently yielding 7000ltrs. The farm extends to 350ha growing a range of forage crops and some arable. The farm has been organic since the late ‘90s and enjoys low cell counts and mastitis levels. A traditional paddock grazing system is used during the summer with good fences and water supply. Herd replacements will all be home reared.
• Predominantly autumn calving
• Yields over 7000ltrs
• 20/40 Waikato parlour
• ACR’s, dumpline and Backing Gate
• Manual shedding gate
• Straw bedded cubicle housing & TMR feeding
• NMR recorded and diary records
• To take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the dairy unit.
• To take responsibility for the welfare and management of both the milking herd and the young / dry stock.
• To ensure all stock are cared for to the highest standards of husbandry in accordance with the Herd Health Policy.
• To be responsible for the monitoring and control of lameness / routine foot trimming, heat detection and calving etc.
• To be responsible for maintaining the calving blocks
• To ensure the cows are milked in accordance with farm policy including frequency and cell count / bactoscan management.
• To maintain all statutory and managerial records.
• Youngstock and general stock work.
Accommodation: 3-bedroom semi-detached house on the unit with gas central heating. The house also benefits from a garage and a large garden and will be free from rates, council tax and rent.
General comment: This is an exciting opportunity for someone to make a mark with this efficient unit and produce organic milk to a high standard. It will require someone able to demonstrate attention to detail with grazing and fertility management and associated procedures in order to continually improve both herd health and milk quality whilst maintaining the organic integrity of the farm.
For an informal discussion please contact Trevor Jolley on 07766 912481.
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