What is Somerset’s Dairy Careers Project?

Our project is to support and promote the amazing dairy industry that Somerset, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset has to offer young people today. The dairy industry has a huge number of job opportunities, whatever your background or education; if you are in school, college or have already left education, there is something for everyone. But, Somerset’s Dairy Careers Project is more than a one stop shop for information and resources about fantastic careers opportunities; we also aim to support you with direct links to the industry. Find out everything that there is to know about a career in the dairy industry

Our resources are designed to motivate and encourage young people, teachers and careers advisors to seek out additional information about Somerset’s dairy industry. The materials supplied will promote both traditional and non-traditional educational routes, targeting 14-25 year olds with any level of education or experience.

Working with businesses, not for profit organisations and other projects, the project is supported by locally run courses, industry visits and workshops. Providing teaching/careers resources, to help schools to incorporate the dairy industry into the curriculum and plant the seeds needed to produce new local talent.

We are also providing businesses with access to information, support and advice, to open their doors to visits, work experience placements and apprenticeships.

David Heath , Ex- Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Department Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in 2013: “…I am encouraged by your project to help young people forge a new career in the dairy industry and wish you every success . It is a fantastic industry to be involved in. Defra is keen to welcome new entrants to the industry as we seek to support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production…”

Somerset’s Dairy Careers Project is a project of  the Community Council for Somerset, and was initially funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food scheme for 21 months that finished in March 2014.To view the end of funding report and targets follow this link.

If you would like to find out more about Somerset’s Dairy Careers Project activities contact us.

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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.