Maine – Springdale Farm hiring Assistant Herdsman

Waldo, Maine

Springdale Farm

207-272-5492

sprindalejerseys@gmail.com

Assistant Herdsman/Assistant Grazing Manager

Springdale Farm is a fourth generation family dairy farm in Waldo, Maine.  We milk 125 registered Jersey and Guernsey cows, raise beef, veal and pork for local markets and have a small creamery.  We have been rotationally grazing our dairy herd since the early 1970’s and it is the cornerstone of our farm.  We are looking for a motivated individual to help continue to improve and expand our grazing system and perform some general herdsman duties.

Responsibilities include:

Aid in all aspects of rotational grazing on 125 cow dairy herd, 40 dry cows and 30 breeding age heifers.  Tasks may include:

  • All aspects of planning and implementation of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary fencing including barbed wire, steel wire and polywire
    • Upkeep of old fences
    • Maintaining and monitoring electricity
    • Moving polywire
    • Aiding in daily rotation of two milking herds
    • Aiding appropriate rotation of dry cow herd
    • Developing rotational system for breeding age heifers
  • Monitoring grazing conditions on a daily and sometimes hourly basis
  • Clipping pastures
  • Maintaining stationary and mobile water supplies
  • Re-seeding pastures

Herdsman duties:

  • Herd vaccination program
  • Calf and heifer management
  • Milk quality management
    • Monitor for and treat mastitis
    • Monitor general herd health
    • Monitor milking parlor and milk house maintenance

Position would ideally evolve into a management role based on the needs of the farm and strengths of the individual.  Pay depends on experience.  Housing available.

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