Laura


I have recently got back from a year working on dairy farms within New Zealand.

I have been passionate about animal care ever since my Animal Science degree at Aberystywth University. Since then I have worked on various farms to gain practical experience with most farm animals with their care and welfare being of great importance to me as I am a total animal lover! Being reliable is key to things running smoothly within a milking herd. Managing a calf shed rearing calves to a high standard brings huge responsibility.

My experience working on various farms in the UK and abroad has given me great confidence working with livestock as well as growing up with animals and owning a horse.

Relevant Experience

Putaruru, New Zealand – Farm Assistant (Dec 2016- May 2017)

– 400 Fresian cross dairy herd.
– Milking the cows which are separated into two herds, including the set up before and after milking and the plant wash.
– Detection of mastitis, lameness and general health.
– Other jobs – weed spraying, management of young stock, dry cow therapy, break fences and dry stock work.

Tokoroa, New Zealand – Calf Rearer/Farm Assistant (July – Oct 2016)

– 240 Jersey Dairy herd.
– Managing the calf shed and rearing the calves to a high standard.
– Other jobs: Setting up break fences, feeding out, herd testing, checking calving cows, bringing cows and calves in and relief milking.

Penberry Farm, Wales – Calf Rearer (Feb 2015 – May 2016)

– 400 cow dairy herd using the New Zealand system.
– Calf feeding, moving calves, ear tagging and general husbandry.

Cholton Old Hall Dairy Farm, Wales – Farm Assistant (Sept 2012)

– Practical experience handling cows, milking and feeding

Middlegrove Farm, England – Lambing Assistant (Apr 2012)

– Experience in foot trimming, worming, castration of male lambs and general husbandry.

Skills

– Accurate recording skills
– Emergency first aid at work, Aug 2015
– Tractor driving
– Driving and handling a quad bike and a two wheeler
– SSI Advanced open water diver, Mar 2015
– Qualified lifeguard in Jun 2011 and Jul 2009
– Practical skills handling livestock
– Full UK driving license since Feb 2010

Interests

– Horse riding: picked for the Aberystwyth University equestrian team, training every week riding different horses and competing against other universities.
– Qualified for the national tetrathalon championships in 2009 and 2008 (shooting, swimming, running and horse riding).
– Member of the Pony club for 6 years and owned a horse for 6 years competing and hunting.
– Scuba diving: Advanced open water diver qualification with SSI.



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