As a herd manager you may have some staff working under you or be responsible for completing key areas of work. You should only require limited supervision for most tasks on farm.
You’ll understand and implement efficient milking practices and keep the farm dairy hygienic. You’ll record health treatments and solve milk quality problems.
You’ll diagnose common ailments and treat these accordingly. You’ll be competent in all aspects of calving and reproduction, e.g. observation and recording of on-heat cows.
You’ll understand regulations and
management of nutrients, effluent and
water and their most efficient use. This may involve shifting the effluent spreader and, along with your manager, keeping an eye on the system to ensure it’s working well. It can also involve fencing and planting trees and plants along waterways to help improve the farm’s environmental impact.
You can study a Certificate, Diploma or Degree qualification before you get a job or study part time while you work.
While no management experience is required, the desire to support and supervise staff is critical to your success.
Sam Moscrip, Herd Manager
- Livestock Feeding Level 3 – For those who’ve been working on a dairy farm for at least one year
- Dairy Farming Level 4 – Recommended for Herd Managers looking to move into positions of more responsibility on farm
Herd managers work closely with the farm manager or farm owner. You’ll have opportunities to ask questions and be shown how to do tasks.
- Calf rearing – Basic
- Lameness – The Healthy Hoof programme focuses on prevention of lameness in conjunction with information and training on management and treatment of lame cows
- Biz Start – Designed to meet the needs of farmers looking to progress
- Healthy Udder – Improve systems and practices on individual farms
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