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Progressive Herds Manager/Senior Stockman – West of England

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
West Midlands
Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
28 Mar 2024

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This dynamic dairy business is a leading agricultural enterprise committed to sustainable farming practices and animal welfare. With a focus on innovation and excellence, they are a progressive modern, high performing unit who prioritise the health and well-being of their cows.

They are seeking a passionate and experienced individual to fill the role of Herds Manager/Senior Stockman. The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to cow welfare and proficient in cow management techniques, while also being driven to achieve production goals in alignment with sustainability standards. This position offers an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of this farming operation.

Key Responsibilities:

• Oversee the day-to-day management of the dairy herd, ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare and health.

• Develop and implement innovative strategies to optimize cow management practices, including breeding, nutrition, and husbandry.

• Lead a tight knit team, providing guidance, training where required to ensure the efficient operation of the farm.

• Collaborate with veterinarians, nutritionists, and other experts to continually improve herd health and productivity.

• Implement sustainable farming practices aimed at reducing environmental impact while maintaining profitability.

• Monitor production metrics and implement measures to enhance efficiency and productivity.

• Stay informed about industry trends, research, and best practices in dairy farming, and incorporate new knowledge into farm operations.

• Maintain accurate records and documentation related to herd management, production, and sustainability initiatives.

What You’ll Need to be considered:

• Proven experience in dairy farming, with a strong background in herd management and or senior stockman roles.

• Deep understanding of cow welfare, nutrition, reproduction, and health.

• Strong leadership skills with the ability to effectively manage and motivate a team.

• Excellent problem-solving abilities and a proactive approach to farm management.

• Commitment to sustainability and a desire to implement environmentally responsible farming practices.

• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with team members, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

• Flexibility to work extended hours as needed, including weekends and bank holidays on a rota.


• Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

• Comprehensive benefits package including accommodation.

• A supportive work environment where your contributions are valued and recognized.

The Next Steps:

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Jadine Huxtable on: 01885 485525 / 07506296301 or e-mail your CV (in word format) and covering letter to , thank you.

De Lacy Executive Recruitment will upload your CV to our database and retain some data about you in order to process your application. More information about our processing activities can be found at Please be assured that all contact is treated in complete confidence and your details will not be passed to a third party without your prior permission.

Please note that this advertisement is not a job description and you should satisfy yourself about the full details at interview.

De Lacy Executive Recruitment is an Approved member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which promotes high standards in recruitment practice, and is registered with the Information Commissioners Office. De Lacy Executive Recruitment complies with all relevant data protection legislation.


De Lacy Executive acquisition increases recruitment resources

De Lacy Executive is pleased to announce that the agri-business recruitment consultancy has been acquired by Canada, part of the group. is a supplier of innovative technology based information products, services and publications for the global agriculture and food industry. has offices in Canada, USA, Australia and India and also owns and operates a 2,000 acre farm in Canada. A large number of leading organizations in the international agriculture and food industries are amongst its clients.

Graham Dyer, President of believes "De Lacy Executive has a unique search and selection recruitment service based upon integrity and profound industry knowledge. We are thrilled to add this excellent team to our group. It will be 'business as usual' for this professional team. We will add to the De Lacy portfolio of services and spread the model to other sectors of UK land based business and to other parts of the world, benefitting our clientele and providing additional support and guidance for jobseekers. Combined with our and job boards, we have an increasingly international offering in the agriculture and food industries."

The sale took effect on June 1st 2016. Stuart Goodinson is the Managing Director. John Davies, who founded De Lacy, will remain working closely with the company as a consultant to the business. Stuart says; "I believe the acquisition by Canada provides additional products and services for the benefit of our clients and candidates - plus growth opportunities for us, both in the UK and in international markets. This change will increase our resource pool and search capability to ensure an even greater selection of top quality candidates for our recruitment clients."


De Lacy Executive is the principal recruitment specialist in the Agricultural and Land Based Business sector operating in the UK and Internationally with regional, national and global clients. We have been awarded Preferred Supplier List status with a number of major organisations.

The company was formed in 2000 and our extensive industry knowledge enables us to successfully assist our clients with vacancies in all disciplines from sales and marketing to technical and operations and at all levels from graduate trainees to chief executives. Our team of nine includes 8 who are the offspring of farmers and 6 who are agricultural graduates. Our agricultural credential are second to none.

We offer information and frank and honest advice to clients and job seekers. Career guidance is a key part of our work with candidates. Our service is free to candidates.

The Key Points to Our Business

Consultancy - We act in a consultancy capacity, adding value by devising a recruitment plan relevant to each client and each vacancy and then proactively searching and selecting the best candidates for clients whilst offering career advice to candidates.

Proactive searching for candidates - We don't wait to see if we receive applications. We use our own database and others, search websites, "head hunt" plus advertise on the most effective job boards to build our contacts and boost applicant numbers.

Our vacancies extend from graduate trainee to managing director - from sales through to technical, marketing, operations and production to R & D management.

Our specialism extends from the agricultural supply trade (arable, livestock, machinery and equipment etc) to farm management, primary food and fresh produce, horticulture, equestrian, environment, renewable energy and a diverse range of Rural and Land-based Business vacancies.

Integrity and Confidentiality - De Lacy Executive is approved as a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which oversees the UK's recruitment industry (REC Membership Number: 00082047) and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.

Commitment - We are committed to the industry and try to give something back through sponsorship of events and scholarships.

Ambassadors - We act in a professional manner recognising that we act on behalf of our clients.

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