What is the Leckford Estate?
The Leckford Estate is about 1,200 hectares in size (with a further 400+ hectares contract farmed) and, as well as producing milk, it also processes milk (albeit milk produced off the Estate) and produces a diverse range of other agricultural products, mostly for sale through Waitrose:
- 600 hectares of combinable crops (including wheat that is milled to produce flour)
- Cold-pressed rapeseed oil (grown, pressed and bottled on the Estate)
- 22 hectares of orchards producing dessert apples and pears (with second class fruit used for juice and cider)
- 7 hectares of vines producing grapes for Leckford Estate sparkling wine
- 30 tonnes per week of brown mushrooms
What’s the role about?
Abbotts Manor Dairy (AMD) is still a relatively young enterprise on the Estate having opened in October 2006. There is nevertheless a long history of dairy production on the Leckford Estate and prior to AMD there were two 200-cow Holstein Friesian herds on the Estate. With the opening of the £3.5 million dairy complex on a greenfield site in 2006, these two herds were combined with a further 200 bought-in cows to give a single herd of nearly 600 cows, milked through a 48-point Westfalia rotary parlour.
The herd currently sits at 500 head and AMD produces more than 4.5 million litres of milk annually. This milk is processed by Muller along with milk from around 40 other Waitrose Dairy Farmers, with the end-product appearing in stores as essential Waitrose Milk.
As well as the 500 milking cows, the Estate therefore also carries around 400 followers and beef cattle. Calves are reared on milk replacer using hutches. Post-weaning, the dairy heifers and beef cattle are grazed and winter-housed on the Estate.
What you’ll be doing as a Herdsperson
This opportunity is part of a team of nine full-time roles in the AMD team and is an important role in the operation and success of Abbotts Manor Dairy, one of the high profile enterprises on the Estate and, indeed, one of the high profile dairies in the UK. Consequently, the successful candidate will need to have proven experience as a herdsperson or assistant herdsperson (milker) and have good practical skills as a stockperson. Attention to detail is a critical aspect of the role, as is a can-do’ attitude. The focus of the role is on animal health and welfare, parlour hygiene, accurate record-keeping and, of course, teamwork and productivity.
What you’ll have
- Full driving licence
- Safe use of telescopic handler
- Safe use of ATV
- Milking a herd of >250 cows
- Being responsible for calving cows
- Working as part of a team of >4
What else can you bring?
- Minimum level 1 diploma in agriculture
- Dairy skills, e.g. AI, foot trimming
- Practical skills, e.g. AI, foot trimming
- Record-keeping (paper & computer)
- Machinery/equipment maintenance
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