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Estate Dairy Herd Manager - South West

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
An attractive salary plus 3 bed farmhouse.
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

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A prestigious, diversified Estate where cow welfare comes first, with an attractive 3-bedroom house on site, working for a well-established and financially secure business. This is a herd manager position that those with attention to detail and a passion for their career, will seek to find and secure.

This estate milks over 800 cows over several farms in the region,who rear their own replacements over 2700 acres. This herd manager opportunity has arisen on one of these farms where they milk 300 cows and oversee the youngstock enterprise. You will report directly to the Farms Manager and have responsibility of 3 full time staff plus relief workers.

This unit has undergone major investment over recent years including:

  • fully refurbished GEA 24/24 computer-linked parlour
  • new building (2018) housing the dairy, attractive office and staff facilities
  • good handling facilities including auto shedding and auto fill footbath
  • modern cow activity collars
  • a network of grazing paddocks with cow tracks
  • youngstock reared on adjoining farm with excellent housing and handling infrastructure.

You will be detail focused and a good people manager who has the highest standard of animal welfare; this herd are extended grazers so a knowledge of grass-based systems as well as the Keenan PACE feeding system would be an advantage, however I would be interested to speak with you if you are still to attain this experience.

Examples of your responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for managing milking, herd health and record keeping
  • Ensuring the herd stays compliant in meeting farm assurance standards
  • Ensuring Health & Safety requirements are met and comply with our high standards
  • Being confident in managing and motivating the farm team through good leadership and example-setting
  • Maintaining high standards for yourself and for farm and the team

To Be Considered for the role in addition to the above you will:

  • Have experience at a similar level or show ability to take the next step in your career
  • Be competent in AI, foot trimming and operating farm vehicles (including telehandler)
  • Be computer literate with a sound knowledge of herd computer-based herd records.
  • Hold a full valid UK driving licence

An attractive salary plus beautiful modernised 3 bedroom farm house on site will be provided for the right candidate.


Interested To Learn More?

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 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 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 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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