Herdsman pay

Dairymoo

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Uk
Hi everyone. Was wondering what your opinion is on a hourly rate/ salary for herdsman.
Herdsman is commuting 2 hours per day as there’s no available accommodation on farm. Responsibilities include x1 milking 250 cows at 4:30am, Feeding calves twice a day and all extra calf duties, responsible for all records/admin, foot trimming, weekly vet visits and other general farm work. 11 days on 3 off. 110 hours fortnightly. 55 per week.
Any advice much appreciated.
 

Frodo

Member
Location
Scotland (east)
Hi everyone. Was wondering what your opinion is on a hourly rate/ salary for herdsman.
Herdsman is commuting 2 hours per day as there’s no available accommodation on farm. Responsibilities include x1 milking 250 cows at 4:30am, Feeding calves twice a day and all extra calf duties, responsible for all records/admin, foot trimming, weekly vet visits and other general farm work. 11 days on 3 off. 110 hours fortnightly. 55 per week.
Any advice much appreciated.
Don’t worry about the salary, unless there is a really good reason the commute will wear him down.
 

frederick

Member
Location
south west
Hi everyone. Was wondering what your opinion is on a hourly rate/ salary for herdsman.
Herdsman is commuting 2 hours per day as there’s no available accommodation on farm. Responsibilities include x1 milking 250 cows at 4:30am, Feeding calves twice a day and all extra calf duties, responsible for all records/admin, foot trimming, weekly vet visits and other general farm work. 11 days on 3 off. 110 hours fortnightly. 55 per week.
Any advice much appreciated.
So the question is are you the herdsman or employer.

If your the employer get him a house otherwise £20 an hour would be cheap. Is he on the books or self employed.

If your the employee expect a house if not ring up lkl and start looking for a job elsewhere.

A 55 hour week on oad milking seems a lot. Adding in another 10 hours driving and it is a long week.
 

jimmer

Member
Location
East Devon
Hi everyone. Was wondering what your opinion is on a hourly rate/ salary for herdsman.
Herdsman is commuting 2 hours per day as there’s no available accommodation on farm. Responsibilities include x1 milking 250 cows at 4:30am, Feeding calves twice a day and all extra calf duties, responsible for all records/admin, foot trimming, weekly vet visits and other general farm work. 11 days on 3 off. 110 hours fortnightly. 55 per week.
Any advice much appreciated.
There are dozens of vacancies on farms that are offering accommodation, more time off and 30k+
That's your benchmark
 

Dairymoo

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Uk
So the question is are you the herdsman or employer.

If your the employer get him a house otherwise £20 an hour would be cheap. Is he on the books or self employed.

If your the employee expect a house if not ring up lkl and start looking for a job elsewhere.

A 55 hour week on oad milking seems a lot. Adding in another 10 hours driving and it is a long week.
Employee. Currently £12 ph 55 hour a week. 2 hour travel daily. Qualified in foot trimming and AI. Farm does not AI own cows. Start at 4:30 and finish up after 3pm. On weekend do a split shift.
 

Mc115reed

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Pretty sure Iv seen the job your talking about here advertised on Facebook at £35k a year and I thought they’ve no hope of getting anybody in offering that much money unless it’s a massive coincidence that a job fitting exactly that description was advertised a day or 2 ago lol
 

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