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Calf Rearer / Stockperson

Requisition ID:  21481

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  27-Jul-2022

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package, plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you. Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Closing date: 18 August 2022


Newcastle University Farms


The farm operates as part of Newcastle University with the objective to work on a commercial basis to support teaching and research.  The farm consists of two sites, Cockle Park and Nafferton covering over 780 hectares of arable, grassland, woodland and a recently planted area of agroforestry.  Cropping is based on cereals, oilseeds, protein crops and forage crops.  Cover crops as well as livestock are integrated into the arable rotation.  The livestock enterprises include a dairy herd, beef animals and a pig unit.  


The dairy has 260 cows in a spring/autumn split block calving system.  The herd is managed at grass with a focus on milk from forage.  Youngstock are reared at Nafferton before being transferred to Cockle Park.   Dairy replacements are bred from the Spring calving herd and reared on site until weaned and put to grass for the summer.  The autumn block is put to beef with animals retained for the beef unit which is largely retained for grazing trials.   The farm is moving towards a regenerative approach and the enterprises are integrated across the farming system.


The Role

We are seeking an ambitious and motivated individual to work as part of a team primarily to manage and take responsibility for the youngstock from birth through to weaning and then co-ordinate the management of post weaned animals to ensure that rearing targets are achieved.  You will be responsible for the implementation of high standards of youngstock care including performance recording, health, nutrition, fertility and grazing management to assist with the overall performance of the dairy unit.  

The role requires confidence with livestock an ability to operate modern machinery, and team working.  Experience and a formal qualification in dairy farming will be an advantage but individuals with limited experience who are motivated and can demonstrate a willingness to develop new skills will be considered.  

Duties will include:

•    Care and co-ordination/management on a day to day basis of calves from birth through to weaning or transfer back to the dairy unit or beef unit.
•    Take responsibility and co-ordinate sale of surplus calves
•    Take a key role in managing the health of all youngstock including establishing a proactive health programme in conjunction with the farms veterinary practice.
•    Management of the youngstock at grass including implementation of the grazing plans and recording for management purposes.
•    Responsibility for maintenance of equipment associated with youngstock rearing.
•    Maintaining records such as CIS, BCMS, Medicine Book, health events and individual cow/calf records
•    Co-ordination and management of youngstock while away and liaising with staff on site to ensure best possible husbandry.
•    Assisting with general stock and dairy duties as required.
•    Assisting with other general farm work including machinery operations as required.
•    Assisting students, staff and visitors to understand and make use of calf/dairy and farm facilities as required.
•    Compliance with Health and Safety Regulations and all animal health and welfare regulations, farm assurance standards and other regulations. 

The package:

•    Permanent post with paid holidays
•    Excellent pension scheme
•    Ongoing training and support
•    Salary – Base starting pay is £21,502 or £21,883 depending on experience but salary with expected overtime will be around £28,000 per annum.   The post will work a minimum of 39 hours per week with regular overtime paid at 1.5 times the hourly rate for any time over that and 2 times the regular rate for bank holidays and University closure days.
•    Accommodation – available if required

For further information or for a general discussion about the role please contact James Standen on 07833 045285 or 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 21481