Robertson of Stamford - Apprenticeship in Agriculture - Stocksperson - Level 2 (Ref: VAC001555381 )

Salary: £3.90 per hourClosing Date: 23 Jul 2019Hours: 38 hours per week

Robertson of Stamford                     

Robertson of Stamford is a family run business comprised of mixed farming activities based at Shipley and Stamford Farms.  Shipley is 970 acres of which 920 are permanent pasture, temporary grass and 50 acres rotational arable.  It holds 1400 Breeding Ewes and followers. Stamford Farm is 860 acres of which 200 acres are permanent pasture and 660 in an arable rotation of mainly wheat, barley, rape and green crop. The herd of 90 breeding suckler cows and followers are housed at Stamford for winter and are summer grazed at both farms. There is a small team of 6 with additional help at peak times of the year.

To carry our day to day farming activities associated with livestock (sheep and cattle -see below), grassland and tractor work, including repairs and maintenance of the general fabric of the farm at Stamford and Shipley farms.


Vacancy full description:

 Sheep work

Carry out effective care to the flock by looking as necessary and dealing with problems as they arise. Preventing onset of disease and other issues by following flock health plan

  • Ewe and Ram husbandry
  • Tagging,
  • Recognising and treating sheep illnesses, foot care
  • Preventative care,
  • Assist in shearing and fleece wrapping
  • Feeding; bedding
  • Flock and lamb vaccination and worming;
  • Lambing; rearing and hand feeding as necessary
  • Castration and ringing lambs,
  • Cell grazing ewes using electric fences
  • feeding ewes and lambs and bedding when housed


Cattle work

Carry out effective care to the Herd by looking as necessary and dealing with problems as they arise. Prevent ingress of disease and other issues by following Herd health plans.

  • Cow, heifer and steer husbandry
  • Tagging,
  • Recognising and treating cattle illnesses
  • Prophylactic care,
  • Assist in clipping for sale
  • Feeding; bedding
  • Calving; rearing and hand feeding as necessary
  • Castration and horn removal in calves,
  • Weighing and condition scoring of cattle
  • Provide clean, healthy, viable and saleable stock for the market weighed to different marketing specifications.


Arable work

To assist alongside current staff to prepare fields for arable and forage cropping and harvesting as necessary.

 Use of Quad bike, tractor and trailers / appliances; servicing as required.



Forage and Grassland management

Grass-topping, drainage and weed management. Assist in silage and hay making as necessary, working to improve grassland and optimise the grazing potential of fields

Fencing and stock proofing

To ensure fields are stock proof and livestock remain in correct fields. Carry out running repairs to fencing, gates, hurdles, tools, water troughs etc.

Property maintenance

Assist in keeping gutters/ drains and buildings watertight and clean. Assist with clearance of let properties as necessary.

Health and Safety

Carry out work in compliance with Health and Safety of self and others on the farms and

To contribute to improving fire safety, health and safety, waste management, etc. To keep all work and storage area clean and tidy

Cleaning, repairs and servicing

Keep sheds clean and tidy; clean and carry out running repairs on quads, trailers, and machinery related to work; clean sheep and cattle handling equipment and pens associated with daily activities.

Record Keeping and Administration

Keep Records in accordance with DEFRA cross compliance requirements and Farm Assurance schemes (NSF at present but this may vary) and send to office as required.

To keep records of flock and cattle movements including sales, purchases, births and deaths; keep sheep and cattle medicine books and records of medicines used; keep Tag records; and send to office as required.

Record Time keeping of work carried out on different enterprises and send to office on regular basis as required.

Training and Communication

Communicate with other members of staff and management as necessary and participate in quarterly team meetings to benefit of the business.

Other work

You may be required to undertake other duties from time to time as reasonably required by

Robertson of Stamford. You shall not work for anybody else while you are employed by Robertson of Stamford except by agreement. To assist on occasion with the maintenance of farm cottages, gardens and any other business enterprises that may arise

Future prospects: For the right candidate progression within the company

Training to be provided:

Apprenticeship STANDARD

  • Level 2 STANDARD Apprenticeship - Stockperson
  • In house training with employer
  • Functional skills if required


Qualifications required: Level 2 maths & English OR GCSE Grade C or above.  

Skills required:

  • Must enjoy working with animals
  • Good timekeeping skills
  • Reliable
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to undertake heavy physical work and work in all weathers
  • Able to work under pressure and on own initiative
  • Have previous experience working on a farm but be advantageous but not essential
  • Good attention to detail

Personal qualities:

  • Professional approach

Must have a good working knowledge of cropping, sheep and cattle husbandry,

  • Communication
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in a clear and practical manner with team members, vets, farm contractors etc.
  • Flexibility
  • Must have a degree of flexibility in working hours to be able to work to get the job done – Ability to work with inclement weather conditions,
  • Must have the ability to adapt to changes in working practices.
  • Initiative -Ability to work on own and foresee and prevent potential problems
  • Good organisational and time management skills- ability to plan own day at times to effectively manage the flock, care and its movements. To plan and identify feed and medicines purchase requirements in advance of the purchase order being raised by Owner.
  • Trustworthy- Transparency and honesty are prerequisites and must be entirely trustworthy to Robertson of Stamford presenting a good impression to others.
  • Team Player – be able to work with others and share skills and information for the good of the company.
  • Travel - Must have full driving licence and be willing to travel to all sites.


Things to consider:

  • Working in all weathers.
  • Because of the location of the farms you will need to be able to drive and have your own transport.
  • You will also be required to attend our Kirkley Hall Campus in Ponteland one day a week.
  • Longer working hours will be required at busier times of year i.e. Lambing/Silage/Harvest time.
  • You will be required to do an initial assessment and diagnostic in Maths, English and ICT before you start your apprenticeship.


Reality check:  You must be able to get yourself to work via car – Please check before applying for the vacancy.

Important Information:

You will be required to work to the terms and conditions of your contract. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to grow with this company.

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