Key Livestock Operative

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Livestock Operative to join the Cowdray Estate’s farming business.

The farm is 1,250 hectares consisting of 845 hectares of arable, 65 hectares of dairy grazing and 340 hectares of permanent pasture.  Circa 315 Cows in a mainly closed, autumn block calving herd, housed through winter and grazing during summer.  Rolling target yield is 9,000 litres. The business supplies Marks & Spencer on a select farms contract. There is a small beef herd which supplies the Cowdray Estate Farm Shop and Café.

The role is to carry out daily feeding and bedding of all housed livestock, rear all youngstock until either calving or sale; and cooperate with the herdsman on all aspects of herd management.  Day to day responsibility for the beef herd and pasture maintenance will also be key aspects of the job.


Key responsibilities:

  • Day to day responsibility for general farm duties to include the tasks identified at the end of this document.
  • To be responsible for ongoing maintenance of buildings, fencing and machinery and the wider farm.
  • Give reasonable notice to the Farm Manager of any requirements for additional or replacement feedstuffs, sundries and other items crucial to the daily operation of the business.
  • Keep all areas under his/her responsibility clean and tidy and free from any rubbish, specifically machinery and all farm buildings, including silage clamps.
  • Responsible for communicating with all members of farm staff to provide for the smooth running of the complete operation.
  • Responsible for working in all areas of the farm as and when required and asked to do so.
  • Responsible for managing own workload, specifically in relation to feeding operations and ensuring that they are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Take an active role in ensuring quality of your own work conforms to any standards defined.
  • Be flexible and adaptable and actively learn and implement new ideas, methods and skills.
  • Comply with and implement where necessary, all policies, procedures and legislation e.g. Health and Safety, Licencing Law, Trading Standards, Food Safety etc.
  • Must have excellent transmission, IT and organisational skills.
  • To deliver excellent customer service, quality of work, high standards and professionalism.
  • To build and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with colleagues and other departments across the Estate.



  • Feeding cattle using Shelbourne Reynolds feeder wagon
  • Rearing all replacement stock for the dairy
  • Bedding cattle as required with sawdust or straw
  • Cattle vet & med
  • Record keeping
  • Topping
  • Grass rolling
  • Grass harrowing
  • Fencing & fence maintenance
  • Machinery maintenance
  • Help with management of ELS/HLS



  • Forklift certificate is essential; ATV, UTV, PA1, PA2a and PA6 are desirable.
  • Must have a full clean driving licence.
  • Ongoing training and continued professional development will be provided.
  • Experience of driving modern machinery is essential; as is a good knowledge of livestock (particularly youngstock) health and welfare.
  • Knowledge and understanding of diets, grazing and forage-based feeding systems is desirable


Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivated
  • Punctual
  • Excellent attitude
  • Good awareness of health and safety and animal welfare
  • Ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • Computer literacy essential

This is a permanent, full time role.

We will offer the successful candidate a competitive salary, pension scheme, life assurance, and annual leave entitlement.  Accommodation on the Estate can be made available if required.  Additionally, a range of wellbeing initiatives and social events to be enjoyed throughout the year.


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