An exciting vacancy has become available for a herd manager at Mapledurham Estate, near Reading. 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 programmes 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.
We are looking to recruit a dedicated Herd Manager who is a cow enthusiast to join our 7 full 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 manage the continued success of the herd. There is a full-time feeder operator within the team.
An excellent package is available to the successful candidate to include performance related bonuses, a lovely 3-bedroom centrally heated cottage on the Estate, rent, rates and council tax free. You will have the use of an Estate vehicle and there is also a generous amount of time off.
The ideal candidate will have a track record of hygienic milk production together with a good mix of technical expertise and practical knowledge with the ability to make decisions and a can do attitude. They must have excellent man management skills to lead and motivate the dairy team.
What we are looking for is:
- Proven dairy management skills
- Excellent people/man management skills
- Timely and accurate record keeping
- Milking herd and dry/ young stock health and welfare
- DIY AI trained and foot trimming experience.
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