Careers Staff Resources

Calling all careers staff!

This section is dedicated to you, filled with resources, useful information and external links to industry websites.

Industry experts have estimated that 60,000 new agricultural recruits will be needed over the next decade alone!

  • See our job roles page to get a flavour of the careers the industry offers.
  • Visit Lantra’s Career Pathway Tool – see the different directions and links between job roles in the dairy industry.

The jobs are out there but we need talented, highly skilled young people to grab the opportunities, with industry developments and technology moving the industry forward – spot the talent, send them towards a career right on their door step. Feeding Somerset, will feed Somerset’s future careers.

Here is what some of the teachers/careers advisors have said about our training days:

“Fantastic eye opening event. Fab information from the people IMG_3963actually in the industry”

“ One of the best events I have been to like this”

“A really interesting day. Thank you”

Did you know;

  • 24% of the dairy industry is employed in the South West
  • Agriculture provided 10,000 jobs between 2010-2011

Check out this NFU Farming Delivers film

For more facts on the dairy industry see our Dairy Facts and Figures.

AlexAlex Stevens Somerset County Adviser at the National Farmers Union, speaks about the Dairy industries future in Somerset:

“The NFU has consistently argued that the challenge ahead is to produce more and impact less. To rise to this challenge the dairy industry needs to find the next generation of professionals to drive forward this sector that has for so long been the backbone of the rural economy…This initiative will place Somerset’s dairy industry firmly on the careers map and will shine a light on the many and varied jobs it can provide. The jobs are out there, we just need talented people to grab them – this project is great news for the industry…Dairy Farming Delivers for Your Career”

“Farming is at the forefront of applied science, with advanced technology being used to solve the tough challenges the industry faces. It’s an exciting time to be a scientist in the dairy industry.”

Check out the resources and careers tools available to you in our useful links and documents on the right-hand side of this page.

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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.