Exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and driven herd manager/trainee at Starveall Dairy, a 400 cow herd milked once-a-day through a modern 24/48 Waikato parlour on the Wiltshire/Oxfordshire border. Starveall is part of our 1500 acre organic family farm, which also includes a second dairy unit, some strip-till arable, a small breed to finish pig herd and a sheep enterprise.

Starveall has approx 700acres of accessible grazing; a mixture of herbal leys, grass/clover leys and chalk downland. A big part of this role is grassland management, and you will be encouraged to develop your skills in this area. We use deferred grazing, mob stocking and bale grazing to manage cows outside year-round.

The role/about you

  • Milking 400 cows once-a-day through a new and efficient 24/48 swingover parlour
  • Managing the grazing, measuring grass and allocating paddocks
  • Herd fertility, including heat detection and AI
  • Identification and treatment of foot problems
  • Outwintering on a bale grazing system – this is a role for someone who loves being outside!
  • Involvement with calf and heifer rearing
  • Basic tractor skills required, quad and telehandler certificates advantageous
  • Full driving licence required

What we can offer

  • An excellent renumeration package, including a farm cottage in Bishopstone village with primary school, pub and bus links to Swindon and the local secondary school
  • Training and development – both formal and informal – including AI/foot-trimming if required, discussion group membership, grassland management, herd health
  • A good work life balance, part of a young team

*We are not able to offer sponsorship to overseas applicants at this time*

Please email a CV and covering letter to farmoffice@helenbrowningorganics.co.uk or contact Dai on 07779257906 for more information.