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Apprentice Stockperson Ian Bowman & Yvonne Bowman & Christopher Bowman

The key role for a Stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    To be agreed with the employer, including shift patterns.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    18 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Your job as a herdsperson involves looking after the livestock on a farm.

  • This means responsibility for ensuring all of the animals are properly nourished and that the farm complies with health and welfare laws
  • Monitoring the general welfare of the animals and reporting any issues or problems
  • Ensuring all animals are correctly fed and watered
  • Controlling the movement of livestock as necessary
  • Ensuring all animals are properly tagged and identified
  • Using computers to maintain production and other records accurately
  • Selecting replacement stock and helping to plan breeding programmes
  • Working safely and sensibly at all times around large animals
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of animals, buildings and equipment
  • Supervising staff as necessary
  • Operating and maintaining systems, equipment and machinery
  • Assisting with production of feed crops for the livestock
  • Ensuring all legislation is complied with
  • Performing manure management in accordance with safe systems of work and environmental compliance laws


  • You’ll need to be physically fit and enjoy working with animals in outdoor conditions for long periods of time
  • You could be working as part of a team or on your own so make sure you’re happy with either scenario
  • You’ll be expected to be able to resolve issues quickly when they arise and be a hard working well motivated and adaptable sort of person
  • You’ll also need to be flexible as the working week will vary depending on the workload at any particular time
  • Competence in using technical information is also required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Strong work ethic
  • Adaptability
  • Effective communicator
  • Team working and safety awareness

Personal qualities

  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • A passion for animal welfare.

Desired qualifications

  • English and Maths GCSE's

Future prospects

  • This will be discussed between employer and applicant.

Things to consider

  • The applicant will need to provide their own transport to work.

About the employer

Little Bayhall Farm consists of 250 head of pedigree Holstein Friesians and including replacement heifers, all the milk goes as premium organic milk to ARLA and a major fast-food chain. It has been a certified organic producer since 2001. Little Bayhall farm have a robotic milking parlour.


Ian Bowman & Yvonne Bowman & Christopher Bowman


Little Bayhall Farm

High Woods Lane

Tunbridge Wells


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Plumpton College


Alice Hutchinson 01273 892127

The Apprentice will spend 20% of the working week in training. This will either be attending the College one day a week in term time to learn the stockperson Syllabus or off the job training with the Employer. Regular reviews take place between Assessor, Student and Employer.

The apprenticeship course will last about 18 months.

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Apprenticeship standard

Stockperson (beef, pigs, sheep, dairy)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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