Dairy Herdsmen expected salary

I have a friend who has just got a job looking after a 1000 ewes with a lovely detached house provided and 36k a year, you can keep your udder stroking at 4am for 30k, I think your somewhat out of touch.

Best of luck to their employer but when you are paying £50+/ewe in labour I think you can call that job groundskeeper/landscape manager rather than shepherd.

They are not being employed in a position to produce sheep and a profit.
 
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southwest
Is agriculture the only industry that expects to house their employees? I cannot think of another.

Lots of jobs styled as "management" will pay relocation costs, including all estate agents and legal fees.

I even know of one job where the employer paid for a 200 mile flight at each end of the week and all hotel bills during the week. This for a 2 year contract.

As you may have guessed, the employer was a local authority
 

Jdunn55

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I have a friend who has just got a job looking after a 1000 ewes with a lovely detached house provided and 36k a year, you can keep your udder stroking at 4am for 30k, I think your somewhat out of touch.
Instead of udder stroking you get to deal with maggots, chasing sheep around in the pissing rain, soaked to death, escaping every 30 seconds, dying every 5 minutes for no apparent reason all for what seems like f**k all profit

I have sheep and cows and would take the cows any day of the week, if I could sell the sheep I bloody well would, to me it's no surprise they're having to pay that to find someone, with sheep its bloody miserable half the time...
 

Electricfencer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
Instead of udder stroking you get to deal with maggots, chasing sheep around in the pissing rain, soaked to death, escaping every 30 seconds, dying every 5 minutes for no apparent reason all for what seems like f**k all profit

I have sheep and cows and would take the cows any day of the week, if I could sell the sheep I bloody well would, to me it's no surprise they're having to pay that to find someone, with sheep its bloody miserable half the time...
What an utter load of rubbish! nothing wrong with sheep if you manage the job, problem with most people that have sheep don't seem to look after them and think "ah they will be ok if I don't do anything to them this week". I run as many sheep as any man on my own and I haven't had a struck sheep or any get out this year at all (if the fences are crap put up electric!), as for dyeing they are no worse than cattle really just there is a hell of a lot more of them, if you had 2400 cattle I'm pretty sure you would be picking up a dead fairly regularly.
 

coomoo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Scotland
Hi there.

I am currently a herdsmen on a local dairy farm (no accommodation provided) but an opportunity has come about for me to move to another farm with a 2 bed house for me to live in. I need your advise on what you would expect my salary would be with the accommodation and then without so I can see if this new farm will be better financially than my current job. If relevant, I work in north yorkshire.

Thanks.
Any updates?
 

Jdunn55

Member
What an utter load of rubbish! nothing wrong with sheep if you manage the job, problem with most people that have sheep don't seem to look after them and think "ah they will be ok if I don't do anything to them this week". I run as many sheep as any man on my own and I haven't had a struck sheep or any get out this year at all (if the fences are crap put up electric!), as for dyeing they are no worse than cattle really just there is a hell of a lot more of them, if you had 2400 cattle I'm pretty sure you would be picking up a dead fairly regularly.
Theres everything wrong with a barsteward sheep but each to their own 🙈😂
 

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