Herds Person

Recruiter
North Shropshire College
Location
County of Herefordshire
Salary
Competitive
Posted
11 Oct 2016
Closes
29 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED ON THE COLLEGE APPLICATION FORM WILL BE CONSIDERED

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE:

To continue the successful developments of the Walford Manor Herd of dairy cows and the achievements of commercial and educational objectives by assisting the Farm Manger in the day to day management of our new Dairy Unit.

  • Assist the developments of the dairy herd to reach outstanding performance levels in all aspects of dairy production
  • Promote an excellent working relationship with curriculum staff and students in the utilisation of the dairy resources for educational requirements

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Managing the cows on a day to day basis.
  • Assisting the Shepherd/Stockperson with the dairy young stock.
  • Milking the dairy cows with support of a General Farm Worker.
  • Implementing the Herd Health Plan including cell count and bactoscan management.
  • Maintaining appropriate livestock records in line with farm policy and legislation.
  • Assisting with the control of lameness/routine foot trimming and heat detection.
  • Assisting with feeding, littering and cleaning routines for the dairy herd.
  • Participating in weekend rota work.
  • Supervising and assessing students on routine practical duties.

OTHER DUTIES AS REQUIRED:

  • Assisting the Shepherd with the College sheep flock.
  • Assisting the Farm Manager with arable fieldwork and tractor driving.
  • Ensuring that plant, machinery and buildings are kept in a clean and serviceable order.
  • General farm and estate maintenance and repair and other seasonal activities as required.
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as directed by your line manager.

Underpinning all of the above duties and responsibilities is the key expectation that the post holder will adhere to health and safety standards and COSHH regulations and demonstrate exemplary stockman ship of a high standard in line with current codes of recommendation for welfare of livestock.

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of this a Disclosure & Barring Scheme approval is required prior to the post starting.

The post holder is expected to act at all times in a matter that encourages equality of opportunity for all Students, Staff and Visitors to the College and also to adhere to their responsibilities as required to ensure a safe and healthy environment in which to work and study. Further details on both these issues can be found in the College Equal Opportunities Policy and Health and Safety Policy, which are widely available including in College libraries and on the College Intranet.

Person Specification

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Good general education

Relevant qualifications in Agriculture or related subjects

Practical experience and skills to perform all tasks associated with modern dairy production

Experience with cattle and machinery tasks

Driving licence

Computer literate

Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture

DIY AI

V et & Med Level 2

Foot trimming

Cow Signals

Fork Lift Truck driving

Class B+E Licence (trailer test)

Specialist dairy herd management qualification

ATTITUDE

Willing to work as part of a small team

Enthusiastic and committed to ensuring high standards of production and welfare

Able to work under pressure

Able to work alone and take responsibility

Willing to work flexible hours as required including weekend/night and holiday periods as required

Representing the College in the local Agricultural community

Attending CPD meetings and events

SPECIAL APTITUDES

Good verbal communication skills

Ability to supervise and relate well with students and young people in a work setting

Ability to deal professionally with challenging behaviour by students

Ability to develop and maintain appropriate professional relationships and set personal boundaries when dealing with children and /or vulnerable adults

The ability to drive and use of a car.

A passion for pedigree bred cows and enthusiasm for showing

Applications (Via College Application Form only)

Please complete the application form and return it to the Human Resources Department by the closing date: 29th October 2016

Walford and North Shropshire College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

When applying for this role, please reference AoC Jobs as your application source when asked.