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Job: Sheep Enterprise Manager/ Shepherd

Location: Miserden, Gloucestershire

Salary: Competitive salary with potential for stakeholder options in the future.

Benefits: Accommodation + utility bills + pension + benefits

Hours: Permanent, Full time 5 days a week with livestock checks at weekends.

The Miserden Estate has an exciting opportunity for the role head shepherd for its expanding sheep enterprise. The enterprise consists of a breeding flock of 1200 Mule ewes, lambing indoor in early March, providing finished lambs, stores and flock replacements.

The role involves day-to day management of the flock including the following responsibilities:

The role

  • Accurate record keeping for livestock including movement, flock genetics, medical treatment and other legal requirements.
  • A strong understanding of the science behind a successful sheep enterprise including parasite identification and prevention, feed conversion rates and managing grassland dry matter output.
  • Diligently monitor livestock to ensure welfare is continued to a high standard.
  • All aspects of animal husbandry including breeding programmes, fertility planning and ensuring nutrition for both growing lambs and breeding stock.
  • Field work including grassland management and fencing.
  • Be competent in buying stock and selecting lambs for replacements / sale.

The candidate

This is an opportunity to be part of an expanding Estate team in a hands on position. The role will be suited to an experienced head shepherd or assistant with a strong work ethic and ability to step up and run the enterprise. Key attributes will include:

  • Flexible team player with a willingness to assist and work with other Estate enterprises as required
  • Reliable and trustworthy with an attention for detail.
  • Good record keeping skills. Must be numerate and computer literate.
  • Enthusiasm for their work and the ability to work un-supervised.
  • The treatment of health and safety as a priority.
  • Full UK driving licence and tractor experience.
  • Own dogs advantageous but not essential.
  • Diploma in Agriculture valuable but not essential.

Benefits

The package includes 25 days leave plus bank holidays; Pension Scheme and support for training & development. The successful candidate will also be offered recently refurbished accommodation on the Estate and a vehicle. The Estate will provide continued personal development for the appointed shepherd, supporting training and relevant courses.

All applicants will be treated confidentially. References will only be contacted following a formal interview and an offer being made.

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