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Assistant Herdsperson - Newport, Shropshire

REAL Success
Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire
£27,181.00 - £29,605.00 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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NOTE - You will be working directly for the farm, not through REAL Success.

Assistant Herdsperson – Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire

An amazing opportunity has arrived for a full-time AssistanHerdperson to join the existing team at Harper Adams University dairy unit in Shropshire!

Our Farm & Business

Harper Adams University is the leading UK Higher Education (HE) institution focused on the land-based and food supply-chain sectors with an important national role in these subject areas.

Harper Adams University has a variety of different livestock units including dairy, sheep, beef and pigs over 1000 acres. This role will be working within the dairy unit which consists of 400 pedigree Holsteins, they also have 50 cows in their smart dairy for their research team. The cows are moving to three times a day milking through a 40 internal Rotary parlour, producing 11,000 litres and the milk is supplied through a Muller, Morrisons contract. The herd is calved all year round, with all the data and records kept up to date using Uniform and Cow Manager software.

We work under ASPA, with lots of research and data being captured throughout the different units. We are passionate about having a positive working environment for our team, so we have regular team meetings and discussions and a weekly farm coffee morning for the whole farm team.

Your role

This is a unique position, where you will be working within an educational environment which means communicating with students and keeping the utmost respect for animal welfare & on-farm safety.

As an Assistant Herdsperson, you will be working alongside the existing team to assist with the day-to-day running of the farm. Other roles and responsibilities include.

- Ensuring animal health & welfare is the top priority, reporting any observations to the senior team

- Milking to a high consistent standard as part of a team

- Keeping basic records and compliance up to date.

- Keeping the overall farm tidy and safe to operate, adhering to health and safety protocols.

- Basic tractor & machinery driving.

- Maintenance of the farm equipment and facilities

- Liaising with vets for the farm

- Supporting the dry cow management, calving cows and colostrum protocols.

- Supporting on farm practical teaching sessions

- Hosting on farm visits

- General yard work including scrapping & bedding of cubicle sheds

- Helping with other farm requirements when needed

- Assisting the dedicated youngstock team within the calf facility and heifers either in the youngstock shed or grazing infrastructure.

A full UK driving license is essential for this role. A DBS check will also need to be completed prior to employment due to the working environment. A proof of UK right to work will also need to be provided.

You will be working directly for the farm, not through REAL Success.


You will need to demonstrate experience in agriculture, but we are willing to invest in the right individual with the required training. You must recognise the nature of the environment and have high regard for essential health and safety measures. We are looking for an organised individual, who is a self-starter, a team player and has strong communication skills. Due to being on the farm while students are present, it’s important for you to be punctual, presentable and approachable at all times.

This role has an official title of Technical Science Officer (TSO), but this is equivalent to a Herdsperson.

The Benefits

In return we will offer some excellent benefits for working with the team, we can offer a commitment to your development with investment into training and courses. We will also provide uniforms, PPE, wellies and other required equipment. There is an annual holiday of 22 days plus 8 university closure days, a pension plan if required and a competitive salary. There is NO accommodation at present with this role, so you will need to live within a commutable distance.

This is a full-time position of 37 hours per week, on a 5-day working week across a 10 days on, 4 days off rota. Overtime may be available, at time or taken as TOIL.


Our farm is based in Newport, Shropshire with excellent pubs, shops and leisure facilities nearby. There are several catering facilities, a small gym, tennis courts, bowling green and squash courts as well as access to the library on site.

If you think you can help us as an Assistant Herdsperson, we'd like to hear from you.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £27,181.00-£29,605.00 per year


  • Bereavement leave
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


We’re a “people life-cycle” business providing recruitment services and people development support, primarily to the Agriculture sector in the UK.

REAL Success focuses entirely on recruiting, developing, and retaining people. Our offerings include a comprehensive staff recruitment service, practical HR and employment advice, succession planning, team development, and leadership and management training.


Our mission is to influence and inspire business leaders and employees working in the agri-sector to improve their people management skills creating a more attractive, effective and sustainable industry in which to work.

We provide simple, cost effective, easy to implement tools and methods to quickly educate leaders, making their businesses more attractive to prospective employees, whilst retaining their existing staff for longer.

Company info
REAL Success
Carleton House, 266-268 Stratford Road
Shirley, Solihull
West Midlands
B90 3AD
United Kingdom

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