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Head Herdsperson

REAL Success
Chester, Cheshire
£40,000 - £45,000 per annum
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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Animal Health, Dairy, Livestock, Management
Contract Type
Herdsperson, Manager
Employer Type
Direct Employer

Job Details

Job description

Head Herdsperson – Poulton, Chester, Cheshire

An exciting opportunity for a Head Herdsperson to join our existing team in Chester, Cheshire is now available!

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

Our Farm

Our family-run farm covers 1100 acres, with a herd of 1000 which consists of 750 milking cows, 90 dry cows and calves. The herd is milked three times a day through a 60-point rotary and they are averaging 12,000 litres, with the milk supplied on a Muller Morrisons contract. The cows are housed and calved all year round, we are in the process of moving to Dairy Comp for all data and record keeping. You will be joining a full-time team of 10, who all share our passion for cows and dairy.

Your role

As the Head Herdsperson, you will be working closely with the current Herd Manager, to lead the dairy operation. AI & Foot trimming experience is preferred but not essential, other roles and responsibilities include.

– Daily management of the herd and ensuring animal welfare is the top priority.

– Ensuring the team is milking to a high and consistent standard, spotting and treating any illnesses that are identified.

– 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.

– Assisting with dry cow management, calving cows and colostrum protocols.

– Liaising with Vets, nutritionists and consultants for the farm.

– Keeping the overall farm tidy and safe to operate. Ensuring health and safety legislations are met daily.

– Keeping basic records and compliance up to date.

Job Requirements

– A full UK driving license

– UK right to work

Your Requirements

– The right person will need to demonstrate experience in dairy and agriculture, but this is a role where you can develop into the Herd Manager role through your progression.

– Excellent communication skills, being able to effectively lead the team

– Be able to take on responsibility, adapt when needed and always be on the front foot.

– Possess the passion and care for the dairy herd, ensuring their welfare is your highest priority.

– Be confident, enthusiastic and ambitious to see the farm and team succeed.

The Benefits

We will provide a competitive salary based on your experience and a commitment to your future development. We will also have accommodation available. We are trying to offer a work-life balance to all our team, ensuring everyone is off the yard by 4:30 pm.

This is a role where you can develop your existing skills and knowledge, as we will provide support in your future goals.


Our farm is based in the settlement of Poulton, Chester. There are excellent pubs, leisure, schools and shops nearby.

If you think you can help us as a Head Herdsperson, we’d like to hear from you.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £40,000.00-£45,000.00 per year


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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