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Farm Worker

Stroud Micro Dairy
Stroud

Posted: 1 Aug 2022

Deadline: 15 Sep 2022

Compensation: £21,450

Paid Permanent

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Job description

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within the UK’s first community owned dairy cooperative at a hugely exciting time. You will be getting involved in everything and learning how a community supported agriculture works.

We’re looking for someone smart and switched on. Someone who’s hungry, ambitious, and wants to make a difference to local food. 

Stroud Micro Dairy was set up in 2017 as the UK first dairy CSA (community supported agriculture) venture and is now a cooperative with 300 members and ambitious expansion plans that you can be a part of.  We have recently successfully raised £225,000 via a community share offer and now need people to help make our vision happen. Details of the vision can be found in our share offer document here:

www.stroudmicrodairy.co.uk/coop-summary

This exciting and varied role involves helping our dairy manager and herd manager with the running of their areas of responsibility. Your work will be a blend of dairy processing and milking along with the occasional tasks to be completed on the farm. There are no HR functions attached to this role though you will be expected to work together with other team members. This role can either be a full time or part time and will involve some weekend work. 

This role is full time with some weekend work generally revolving around markets. Salary will be from £21,450 per annum.  

Farm responsibilities

  • Milking 
  • Handling of livestock.
  • Fencing and sundry maintenance tasks.
  • Operation of tractor and light machinery.
  • Bedding and feeding when required (seasonal).
  • Ground preparation and pasture management: rolling, harrowing, spraying of bio-fertilisers (seasonal).
  • Harvesting of hay and silage (mowing, tething, hauling).
  • Assistance with bio-fertiliser and compost production (seasonal).
  • Occasional management of seasonal workers and volunteers.

Dairy responsibilities:

  • production of Yoghurt.
  • production of Oat Milk.
  • production of Kefir to keep up with demand.
  • stock taking and recording of temperatures in the fridges.
  • Cleaning of the milk dispenser. 
  • Following the cleaning schedule laid out by the dairy manager.
  • General tasks such as cleaning and labelling
  • Flagging up issues pertaining to the effective functioning of the dairy.
  • Local deliveries when needed.
  • Onsite customer care

Desired skill set

Although there will be on the job training given when you start there are a certain number of skills which we are looking for:

  • Livestock handling skills
  • The ability to operate tractors and field equipment.
  • The ability to manage one’s own time
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team

We will also need you to have:

  • Permission to work in the UK
  • A clean UK recognised driver licence

Application information

Please send your CV with a cover letter to kees@stroudmicrodairy.co.uk

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About Stroud Micro Dairy

Stroud Micro Diary is an award winning biodynamic CSA (community supported agriculture) micro dairy that serves over 300 families in Stroud with raw milk, raw kefir and natural yoghurt. We milk a small herd of Friesian cows one a day and the cows keep their calves at foot.