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Senior Herdsperson - Devon

REAL Success
North Devon
£38,000 - £45,000 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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

Senior Herdsperson – North Devon

Due to new developments and growth in our business, we are looking for a Senior Herdsperson to join our established team.

Our Farm

We have heavily invested in our farm, to provide modern equipment and facilities. We are currently installing a new 60-point rotary parlour, shed and offices, overlooking the stunning North Devon hills. Our farm is 1100 acres, and we have a 1000 cow flying herd who are milked three times a day, rearing 150 of our own each year. Our milk is supplied to Saputo and our cows are housed all year round, with a team of 20 operating the farm as a mix of full-time and part-time. We are looking to grow our herd soon and are offering a brand-new opportunity to somebody, to be part of a growing farm with the opportunity to develop.

Your Role

As a Senior Herdsperson, you will be working closely with our Farm Manager supporting with the day-to-day running of the dairy operation and ensuring that our high standards of hygiene, cow health and welfare are maintained. This is a brand-new role, offering the opportunity to design your own job tasks whilst leading a team.

Your roles and responsibilities will include but won't be limited to:

- Ensuring the team is milking to a high and consistent standard.

- Daily Management of the herd and ensuring animal welfare is the top priority.

- Liaising with the Farm Manager regarding the farm production targets & KPI’s, including milk production, improving cow genetics and the breeding of the dairy herd. Implementing this to the dairy team.

- Maintaining records and ensuring data is kept up to date using Uniform and Cow Connect.

- Supporting with calving when required.

- Keeping the farm overall tidy & safe to operate.

- Liaising with vets & nutritionists for the farm.

- Treating & identifying illnesses and informing the Farm Manager of any observations.

- Actively leading team meetings and new discussion groups.

A full UK Driving license is required for this role. AI qualifications are preferred but not essential. 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.


The right person will need to demonstrate strong abilities in agriculture and experience in successfully leading a team. We are looking for someone highly motivated and you must be able to adapt your skills to problem solve. You will be a self-starter, committed to ensuring the daily farm operation runs smoothly and that the cows are well looked after. We are passionate about cows and their welfare; the right individual would share this passion and join us in moving the farm forward.

The Benefits

In return, we offer a competitive salary based on experience, and accommodation in the local area is available depending on your circumstances. The farm is managed with a modern-day outlook on people management, and we offer the ability to grow the farm alongside the farm manager and manage your own day to day tasks in line with farm protocols and values.


The farm is located on the beautiful North Devon hills in Bishops Tawton. We are also close to the North Devon coastline.

If you're looking to develop your career, and are a positive, friendly, and organised person, we'd love to hear from you.

Applications with a cover letter explaining why you'd like to work on our farm as a Senior Herdsperson will get preference.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £38,000.00-£45,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Free parking
  • Housing allowance
  • On-site parking
  • Relocation assistance


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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