Herdsperson, Wiltshire SN8 3EN, 100 days off, 320 Organic cows, 1,000 Acres of Grass
We currently have a full time position for an enthusiastic herdsperson to join a team running a 340 cow organic dairy herd in Wiltshire with help from RMS, calf rearers and foot trimmers.
The herd is loose housed producing approximately 7,000 litres herd average. Emphasis is on home produced forage and the herd maintains spring and autumn calving blocks. The team operates with a minimum of 2 people working every day. The unit has been fully upgraded over the past ten years with new buildings, parlour, tracks, fencing and water systems.
The job requires someone who is capable of joining the existing milking team and milking the cows twice a day through a 24x48 dairymaster swingover parlour with ADF, full individual cows ID and feeding and auto shedding. Two people milk in the parlour for most of the year and outputs are close to 150 cows per hour.
In the remaining working time the applicant would be responsible for TMR feeding, scraping out and moving cattle as appropriate so tractor skills and previous use of a feeder wagon would be beneficial.
Good stockmanship skills are essential, however an understanding of producing milk organically is not essential as full training can be provided.
Car licence and means of transport is essential.
ATV and Telehandler certificates would be beneficial, however, these can be arranged for the successful applicant.
A competitive salary is available together with a lovely double glazed, centrally heated 3-bedroom house, recently modernised, with large front and back gardens, on the farm, situated in a village setting, with excellent access to schools and amenities.
The farm is 10 miles south of Marlborough in the village of Collingbourne Ducis.
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