Salary pay

Cowgirl10M

New Member
I've been offered a job, which will be on a salary (haven't discussed salary yet) but I was wondering what people out there do/offer as a salary and what sort of money/arrangement I should be looking for.
The job is on a 250 (ish) dairy herd, rearing all our own youngstock. My responsibilities would be the herd management with every day chores with that, (I don't AI or foot trim yet, but will be responsible for drafting them out) calf rearing and health ECT, managing the grazing platform and measuring grass and general herd duties. With the general work around the farm as well. Unfortunately there is no option of a house with the job at this point so I was wondering what you guys think would be a good deal for a salary pay on this job? I am confident my employer will be reasonable with the offer but I have no idea what I'm supposed to be looking for / what is reasonable Thanks!
 

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
For a salary I’d start with
8 hours a day
6 days week
So that’s 48h
50 weeks a year = 2400h
Management role at least £12 an hour
= £28,800
That’s a start point, adjust according to level of responsibility and additional hours (Sunday’s/overtime)
 

AJR75

Member
Location
Somerset
I've been offered a job, which will be on a salary (haven't discussed salary yet) but I was wondering what people out there do/offer as a salary and what sort of money/arrangement I should be looking for.
The job is on a 250 (ish) dairy herd, rearing all our own youngstock. My responsibilities would be the herd management with every day chores with that, (I don't AI or foot trim yet, but will be responsible for drafting them out) calf rearing and health ECT, managing the grazing platform and measuring grass and general herd duties. With the general work around the farm as well. Unfortunately there is no option of a house with the job at this point so I was wondering what you guys think would be a good deal for a salary pay on this job? I am confident my employer will be reasonable with the offer but I have no idea what I'm supposed to be looking for / what is reasonable Thanks!

Doing all that, you'll be very busy. Be careful what you agree to take on, if you start spreading yourself too thin and things start to suffer or underperform the finger will be pointed directly at you- make no mistake about that. It then becomes a self fulfilling prophecy and all of a sudden you're the worst thing ever to grace the farm gate in spite of only ever wanting to do your absolute best. Sounds a negative approach and attitude I know, but I've seen it happen more than once.
 

Boysground

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
I have 2 guys on salary doing similar work but more cows. Without a house I would suggest north of £30k. Get the small print sorted, time off, how much holiday. Do they have sickness cover if you are off. Looks like you may need some ai training, suggest doing that soon.

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Location
West Wales
Start as you mean to go on and don’t milk in the afternoons unless it’s your weekend to work. I scrape at night mon-thurs and off fri pm and have a lot more time to do the fiddly things now
 

Cowgirl10M

New Member
I have 2 guys on salary doing similar work but more cows. Without a house I would suggest north of £30k. Get the small print sorted, time off, how much holiday. Do they have sickness cover if you are off. Looks like you may need some ai training, suggest doing that soon.

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Thanks, the employer is happy to support me in any courses and training that will benefit the farm and the business, I'm hoping I can get training in before we start AI on the spring herd but could be tight time wise!
 

Cowgirl10M

New Member
Start as you mean to go on and don’t milk in the afternoons unless it’s your weekend to work. I scrape at night mon-thurs and off fri pm and have a lot more time to do the fiddly things now


Yeah, the plan is only 3 or 4 mornings a weeks and the afternoons would be down to me, for the first 6 months at least as the boss will be working on another project,
 

Cowgirl10M

New Member
Appreciate everyone's opinion, I'm sure the boss will be fair to me, it's just hard for me to compare, I've been self employed for 2 years, and the full time job I had before that really took the Mick, I went from getting paid peanuts weekly for 60+ hours to being promised a good salary, that ended up 13,500 a year and I was told to work 37.5 hours a week and no more because they wouldn't pay overtime! They've destroyed my trust in employers considering I was 19, and had spent 3 years working my arse off for them managing all the stock of sheep, pigs and cows! Also made me turn to dairy which was the best decision of my life!
 

Boysground

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
It just goes to show there are different types of employer. I know I am far from perfect but the one thing I have learnt from paying a salary is that both parties need to want the system to work. I don’t get hung up on hours worked. My 2 guys work a basic day of 2 milkings with breakfast and lunch breaks. Today is a Saturday and I know full well that they will finish half an hour earlier than in the week, some of the non essential jobs that are done in the week probably won’t get done. But as long as these get done sometime I don’t mind. I do know that if we are busy and they have to work on they will.

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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