Dairy Herdsmen expected salary

Llmmm

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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 🙈😂
100 percent return on investment my small sheep enterprise returns each year.Cant think of any farm enterprise which generates the same percentage return.As for house being supplied with job theres good reason farmer want some around farm 24/7 simple as and the house should be free cus most farm houses ive seen are kips
 

unlacedgecko

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Livestock Farmer
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.
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supercow

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Dumfriesshire
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.
Is that for an estate? If so you really can’t compare the 36k and 30k. 1000 sheep, 1500 lambs say. At 80£ a head average= 120k, minus 36k. Minus replacement costs, minus rent, minus vets/feed costs. Doesn’t leave a lot of the farmer. If it’s for an estate on the other hand, they have an open cheque book
 

daijd

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Location
South wales
Ones a herdsman
Ones a cowman
Or woman
I think there’s a big difference in how some define the duties of the above roles.
You maybe just a cowman but also do the foot trimming, grazing allocation and some Ai work. Is that still a cowman or is it more of a herdsman? Difficult to draw the line in some places.

What value would you put to each role with a decent house included?
 

Jdunn55

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I think there’s a big difference in how some define the duties of the above roles.
You maybe just a cowman but also do the foot trimming, grazing allocation and some Ai work. Is that still a cowman or is it more of a herdsman? Difficult to draw the line in some places.

What value would you put to each role with a decent house included?
A cowman would treat and trim cows as told/needed

A herdsman would also treat and trim without being asked but also actively look for ways to improve lameness % within the herd along with improving mobility scoring figures

Same with ai, a cowman would serve the cows to the bulls he's told to serve them to whereas a herdsman would choose which bulls to use in order to genetically improve the herd

That's what I have always thought the difference is
 

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