Background, skills, key roles and responsibilities
Dourie Farming is situated on the coastal land surrounding Port William and Monreith Village in the Machars of South West Scotland. The farm is 800 hectares and supports 1100 cross bred cows operating a sophisticated pastoral system out of two rotary milking parlours. The dairy is a highly specialist spring block calving operation with an excellent reputation throughout Scotland.
Key Responsibilities of the Role
To support with the day-to-day operations of the dairy enterprise ensuring high standards of stockman-ship and performance for the effective management of the milk harvest whilst keeping the dairy at a standard which meets all dairy farm assurance scheme criteria including Red Tractor or any subsequent scheme that enables milk to be sold to the chosen markets.
This position is designed to allow an individual to successfully develop a range of skills within an operational dairy, allowing them to progress onwards to a Dairy Manager role in the future.
Key Duties of the Role
Alongside the current management team, this role would support with:
• Dairy herd management. The role will assist and support the current team with managing the herds both at the North Barsalloch and Dourie sites.
• Cleanliness and tidiness are key on both sites; ensuring that all equipment, parts, sundry items, PPE etc are put away at the end of each day. This includes the ATV and any dairy-relevant machinery.
• Health & Safety. An awareness of on farm health and safety, especially when working with livestock.
• Support, manage and report any technical issues faced by the dairy herd; with on-site training to learn how to manage the site overall.
• Manage and maintain overall animal welfare to required standards; report any issues immediately to higher management to ensure issues are handled quickly and humanely
• Maintain good communication and an open dialogue with the grass land management team to ensure the grass land policy is optimised. Measure grass, operate grass land software and allocate feed when needed.
• Manage and co-ordinate meal feeders and delivery to ensure a consistent supply to the herd.
• Support with managing and maintaining farm water systems and fencing systems.
• Assist with calving of the dairy herd in particular drafting springing cows, breaking in of fresh cows and consistently providing quality colostrum for calf rearing while maintaining an open dialogue with the calving and calf rearing team and step-in if any issues arise.
• Support with the maintenance of excellent fertility performance, by assisting with heat detection when needed and maintaining an open dialogue with the mating technicians.
• Support with the management of the dairy team; including communicating effectively to ensure rota requirements are met. This includes milking regularly and filling any gaps in the rota if need be.
• Any other duties or tasks that may be required or request by Directors of the business.
The successful applicant will need to be a highly motivated, organised person with excellent communication skills, as well as a proficient grasp of the English language, both written and verbal. It would be beneficial for the applicant to have had supervisory or team leading experience, as well as experience working on an operational dairy farm.
This position is designed for those looking to take the next step in their career and focuses on managerial development and expansion of skills within an operational dairy.
The successful candidate should have:
• Demonstrable organisational skills.
• Demonstrable IT skills. Desirable to have dairy farm software experience.
• Demonstrate strong communication skills.
• Demonstrable understanding of supervisory management knowledge.
• Excellent time keeping.
• Demonstrable problem-solving skills.
• A can-do attitude.
• Experience of animal care, welfare and handling.
• Experience of working within a dairy, including milking and paddock grazing
• Driving licence.
• Preferred: Experience in spring block calving, and associated grass land management.
• Preferred: ATV, Foot trimming, AI.
• Preferred: Agricultural graduate.
The starting wage will be £11/hour and will be reviewed yearly. The expectation is that £33,000 will be earned in the 1st year of employment. £2000 will be provided for relocation costs.
The position is based in Port William, South West Scotland. Reporting to Farm Manager.
A tied property will be available which is subject to employment.
Time off is by rota, usually working 11 days on, 3.5 days off. Annual leave entitlement is 33 days per annum.
This position is a superb opportunity to come and enjoy life in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, where tranquillity meets outdoor adventure.
Closing Date for Applications
March 31st 2022