Trainee Farm Manager - Student Internship

Ref: TFMI-B-A-41640
City/Region: Banff
Salary: £20000

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POSITION WILL BE BASED PREDOMINANTLY WITHIN/NEAR TO THE SCOTTISH BORDERS WITH SOME WIDER TRAVEL EXPECTED.

This one-year placement will provide an opportunity to gain an all-round understanding of the integrated Pork rearing business within Karro Food Group, from outdoor breeding though to processing. A project relating to an aspect of the breeding operation will be incorporated into the placement.

The placement year offers an opportunity to learn about the agricultural aspects within a large food processing organisation.

During the initial 6 months on placement in one of our breeding farms, our student will have undertaken and gained an understanding in the following areas:

On placement in our breeding farm in Scotland:

  • Farm induction and health & safety training programme.
  • Practical outdoor pig breeding, from artificial insemination to the management of dry sows, farrowing and piglet care
  • Maintenance of herd records via Agrosoft software system, covering the importance of timely and accurate recording, as well as understanding how information impacts the business planning and decisions
  • Daily routines carried out in accordance with the relevant procedure manual, including feeding, bedding and day to day care of livestock
  • The principles of biosecurity (assisting in its implementation in order to protect the health of the herd)
  • Management of all vaccination/medication programmes on the unit. This includes recording their use and stock control, and the opportunity to interact and learn from the vets on their regular visits
  • Monitoring the health of the herd in conjunction with the Unit Manager
  • Introduction of new initiatives and implementation of new plans and instructions, of which the student will be actively encouraged to participate and make suggestions
  • The audit processes on the farm and a knowledge of the requirements of accreditation to auditing bodies and to our customers
  • How the farm maintains an adequate supply of feed, straw and AI on a weekly basis, as well as a well maintained and effective water system on the farm
  • The processes around maintenance of vehicles and other equipment around the farm
  • Herd production targets, and working with the team towards achieving them

In the final 6 months on placement, our student will be given the opportunity to work across our finishing farms, in our head office and largest processing plant and return back to our breeding farm to complete project work. In doing so, our student will have experienced and gained understanding of:

On secondment to our rearing and finishing teams in the Scottish Borders:

  • The role of the fieldsperson in the management of rearing and finishing
  • The movement of animals from herds to rearing units
  • The importance of weight and health status for piglets moving to the next stage
  • Maintenance of health in a different environment
  • Establishing relationships with contract farmers
  • The requirements of auditing bodies relating to the rearing farms
  • Veterinary input

On secondment to Head Office and Processing Plant at Malton, North Yorkshire:

  • The plant operations, spending time across the different on the site and understanding the supply chain end to end process.
  • The wider agriculture team, including finance, observing the relationship between practical activities and impact on the finances of the business.

Returning to the breeding farm in Scotland:

  • How the whole business fits together and how improvements can be brought about from the beginning of the breeding process in order to impact the final product. Applying this knowledge and devoting time to the completion of the assigned project back on farm.

Performance against key accountabilities and key behaviours is measured a monthly basis.

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