Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine community set on a 500 acre estate in County Limerick and is home to a boarding school for boys, a farm, a guesthouse and a monastic community. Glenstal Abbey farm is set on 250 acres of grassland and currently has a dairy herd of 130 cows. The farm is about to implement a comprehensive development plan which will include the construction of a new milking parlour and upgrades to the existing farm infrastructure. The goal is to increase the dairy herd size to approximately 230 in the medium to long term.
A key part of the implementation of the development plan will be the recruitment of a Farm Manager who will project manage the upgrades to the infrastructure whilst also managing the daily running of the farm with the existing farm employees. This is an exciting opportunity for a person with the appropriate level of experience and qualifications to take a leadership and hands on role in the future development of Glenstal Abbey Farm.
Key Essential skills required:
- Administrative herd and farm recording
- Nutrient management planning and soil fertility
- Using reports to review farm performance and target improvements
- Financial management - understanding and maintaining cash flow records
- People - supervise and organise work rotas including daily duties
- Farm (e.g. food safety, hygiene, environmental) and industry (e.g. quality, milk composition)
- Responsibility for grassland, herd management (including nutrition), and the milking operation
Qualifications and Experience Required:
- Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
- Level 7 or 8 degree (majoring in Agriculture)
- 3 to 4 years on-farm experience.
Glenstal Abbey farm will offer a competitive salary and benefits package to the successful candidate and this is a permanent full time position.
Applications should be forwarded to our Human Resources department at [email protected] and the closing date for applications is the 1st December 2017.
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