Dairy Herds Level 3 Apprenticeship at Coombe Farm Organic Ltd

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Dairy Herds Level 3 Apprenticeship

The successful candidate will work at the Hill Dairy Farm and will get actively involved with all aspects of the farm.

The main duties will be:

  • Calf and heifer rearing
  • Supporting milking activities on a rota basis
  • Yard duties
  • Bedding up
  • Scraping yards
  • Grassland management
  • Other jobs on the farm as and when required


Training to be provided

Agriculture level 3

  • Diploma in Work-based Agriculture
  • Functional skills if required

Animal welfare is a top priority on a farm

This level 3 apprenticeship covers the core requirements needed to successfully work in the dairy sector

This is offered as a joint venture between Bicton College and Synergy Vets.


Desired skills

A level of practical knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding relating to agriculture or livestock would be helpful, as this shows a practical interest. That said, a strong willingness to learn is equally just as important.

Personal qualities

Applicants are expected to be:

  • Keen, with a good attitude towards work
  • Interested and willing to learn
  • Happy to work outside in all weathers
  • Hardworking
  • Able to listen and to work to given instructions
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Wanting to build a career in agriculture
  • An awareness towards health and safety on a farm

Desired qualifications

2 GCSEs in English and mathematics at grade D/3 or above (or equivalent) are essential – however, applicants with relevant prior experience but without the stated qualifications may be considered, though must be prepared to work towards their level 1 functional skills qualifications.

A driving licence is considered to be extremely helpful due to the rural location and the need for 6am starts.

Future prospects

It is strongly hoped that an employment opportunity will be offered to the apprentice upon successful completion.

Things to consider

The role will require you to be able to carry out a manual role and confident to work with livestock.

You must ensure you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to the farm and to attend your college training events.

Pay will be reviewed as knowledge, experience and skills develop.

The vacancy may close swiftly if a suitable candidate is found. All published dates can therefore be flexible and will be dependent on suitable candidates coming forward and registering appropriate interest.

About Coombe Farm Organic Ltd

Since 1943, we have been at the forefront of pioneering farming principles.

With Concerns about the viability of conventional agriculture, we identified an opportunity to develop the organic side of our business, culminating in the entire estate being managed as an organic unit.

Our 2,000 acres of Soil Association, Organic Farmland, has allowed us the opportunity to launch, partner with and support many other rural enterprises. It is our ambition to continue developing our estate and portfolio of businesses and partnerships. As well as several commercial tenants on the estate, we have Milk Pool, Storage, Retail, Solar and Mail Order businesses that benefit directly from our financial and managerial support.

The Coombe Farm Milk Supply Group, or ‘Milk Pool’, is a dedicated collective of organic farmers working closely alongside Coombe Farm’s own dairy farms.  The farm is milking a herd of approximately 350.

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