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Farm Management Trainee (Placement Opportunity)


A new and exciting position has arisen for a placement student to join our newly developed trial farm down in Somerset, near Frome.

Long Lane Development farm is a Buitelaar owned professional rearing facility, offering huge opportunity for a young, ambitious individual wanting to progress in their career.

The 2019 acquisition and continued investment and development at the farm, offers a state-of-the-art facility, with huge opportunity for education, on-farm trials and research and development.

What can we offer you?

  • Paid placement position
  • Opportunity to work on a state-of-the-art calf rearing facility, utilising innovative systems & technologies in the workplace.
  • Learn from and work with a highly experienced, knowledgeable, and qualified team
  • Work directly alongside our Development Farm Manager
  • Work with our supply chain veterinary partners
  • Understand and contribute to the research & development with industry experts
  • Participation in industry leading Open Days involving key stakeholders and progressive producers
  • Access to working group meetings with senior management

Daily tasks include, but are not limited to:

Record Keeping:

  • Completion & upkeep of farm records including trial work processes & procedures in line with pre agreed protocols including:
    • Vaccinations
    • Disbudding

Managing milk feeding

  • Timings
  • Milk feed plans
  • Weaning procedures
  • Managing required staffing levels in line with calf intakes

Selecting calves:

  • Assisting farm manager in selecting calves for licenses and orders with the aim to select calves while the farm manager is on leave

Health management:

  • Work alongside supply chain vets to develop and apply health plan measures
  • Following and ensuring health plans are adhered to, identifying sick animals, following treatment protocols
  • Identifying areas of improvement to management of treatment protocols


  • Understanding the concentrate feeding routine, ration transition protocols, cake to blend, higher protein cake to lower etc.
  • Working with supply chain nutritionists to develop feed plans

Shed preparation:

  • Steam cleaning
  • Cleaning of feeding and management equipment
  • Disinfection of pens in preparation for new batches of calves


  • Upkeep of general farm hygiene and maintenance
  • Engaging in farm tours with customers, suppliers, guests and relevant meetings.


  • Tractor driving, including but not limited to straw chopping, mucking out sheds, operating auger bucket

The general work routine at Long Lane:

  • 7 am start
  • Break for breakfast half an hour
  • Lunch break one hour
  • 5PM finish (may require some over time)
  • Collection days to help collection staff grade and batch calves to order (approx. 8PM finish)
  • Weekend rotawork applicable.

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