Assistant Herdsperson – Tetbury, Gloucestershire
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our organic farm owned by King Charles near Tetbury, Cotswolds as an Assistant Herdsperson.
We are a mixed organic farm with arable. We have a Pedigree herd of 220 Ayrshire Cows milking all year round, along with 150 followers, 150 calves, and a small number of rare breed beef and sheep spread across 1250 acres. We have a Waitrose contract and milk twice a day through a 15/30 herringbone parlour with in parlour feeding, handling facility and cow managing software. The cows are housed in a modern cubicle shed and some loose housing. We have a well-structured calf rearing facility and modern machinery. Our calves are calved all year round, with all our records and data kept up to date using Uniform.
As an Assistants Herdsperson with Calf Rearing responsibilities, you will be working alongside the team to assist with the day-to-day running of the dairy reporting to the Herdsperson.
– Calf management, including feeding and monitoring, ensuring calf health and welfare.
– Liaising with vets when required.
– Ensuring the yard is kept to a high standard of cleanliness.
– Contributing to grazing plans and supporting the team with general farm work.
– Supporting with milking, ensuring the herds wellbeing is top priority and reporting any observations to the senior team.
– Working as a key team member to our organic ethos
– Support with AI and foot trimming.
– Keeping records and data up to date
– Basic tractor and machine operating
This role requires a full UK driving License and qualifications for AI is preferable. A proof of UK right to work will also need to be provided.
You will be working directly for the farm, not through REAL Success.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about cows and calves, animal welfare and with knowledge of grazing systems. You will be a confident communicator who is proactive with a high attention to detail. You will have good milking proficiency and the ability to identify most calf health problems.
You will have a can-do attitude, who is willing to work as part of a team to deliver high quality results. You will have an eagerness to learn and develop within a forward-thinking and progressive team.
We will offer a competitive salary depending on experience and are determined to offer a good work life balance with good working conditions and sensible working hours. We’ll provide accommodation within a short distance from the farm along with employee insurance.
We strive to create a positive working atmosphere and team culture with lots of communication, a commitment to your training and development plus support from external consultants. We have regular team meetings to discuss farm plans and allowing for team contribution.
Our farm is based in the beautiful Cotswolds AONB just outside the town of Tetbury with schools, shops, amenities, and travel links close by.
If you’re looking for a supportive and progressive employer and have a passion for dairy farming, we are ready to invest as an Assistant Herdsperson.
Applications with a cover note telling us why you would like to work for us will be given preference in our selection process.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: £30,000.00-£35,000.00 per year
- Company pension
- Free parking
- Housing allowance
- On-site parking
- Relocation assistance