A 200-cow dairy farm in Glarryford, County Antrim, Northern Ireland is seeking an agricultural science or veterinary medicine student.
A full-time paid position based on experience is available for the duration of the calving season; a rate of €200-€350/week will be paid, with excellent separate accommodation and food provided.
The ideal candidate will have attention to detail, excellent animal husbandry skills and experience with cows and calves.
The successful applicant will commence the full-time role in September and will remain there for two-and-a-half-months.
The herd – which average 8,000-litres on 2.5-tonnes of concentrates - graze in the summer and is housed in cubicles with TMR feeding in the winter.
37-year-old Steven Houston – a tenth-generation farmer – runs the enterprise with his father, uncle and fiancée.
He is passionate about the countryside, food and farming and completed a Nuffield Farming scholarship in 2006.
Since then, he has managed farming operations in Eastern Europe and South America; he returned to the family farm three years ago.
The trio is moving away from a high input - high output system to a simpler system with slightly lower milk yields with naturally fertile cows that are easier to manage.They are striving to change their cow-type through crossbreeding.
“We want a system that has periods of downtime during the year rather than the typical Northern Irish dairy system of being flat out busy for twelve months of the year.”
If you are interested in this position, please contact Steven – email - firstname.lastname@example.org – or phone - +4477421 52819
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