Shepherds pay?

Bojangles

Member
Location
Scotland
I may have to employ a full time shepherd soonish and was wondering what’s the going rate atm.
house with job, needs own good dogs, 6 day week. I think they are usually underpaid?
 

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
On the edge of being ok I think. It’s asking a lot of someone to commit 6 days 7 at lambing and give up time with their family.
I often wonder if just enough always ends up being nowhere near
I’m no expert. When my dad was shepherding he always kept 50 ewes of his own in the flock as a bonus. Did didn’t have to pay anything to keep them but wasn’t aloud to go over 50. I meant mum and us kids helped a lot at lambs because we thought we where looking after our holiday money.
 

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
On the edge of being ok I think. It’s asking a lot of someone to commit 6 days 7 at lambing and give up time with their family.
I often wonder if just enough always ends up being nowhere near
It depends on what you expect them do do as well. If they are just shepherd then it’s an easy job in the summer but if you expect them to go corn carting as well then that changes a lot.
 
I’m no expert. When my dad was shepherding he always kept 50 ewes of his own in the flock as a bonus. Did didn’t have to pay anything to keep them but wasn’t aloud to go over 50. I meant mum and us kids helped a lot at lambs because we thought we where looking after our holiday money.
I think that would be a good idea 💡, keeps them interested and go the extra mile when they have involvement in the job,
That would bring the overall wage down I bit to on paper, but may look more attractive overall
 

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
I think that would be a good idea 💡, keeps them interested and go the extra mile when they have involvement in the job,
That would bring the overall wage down I bit to on paper, but may look more attractive overall
Mixed in with the rest of the sheep so there are 5/10 ewes in each group. Other wise the shepherd might tend to spend more time on his group.
I think it pays for the over time there expected to do. Mum was also given the pet lambs but had to pay to feed, bed and water them.
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



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