FARM JOB: Duncan, BC – Sunshine Meadow, Farm Helper / Milker

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 12, 2021

Sunshine Meadow

Sunshine Meadow in Duncan, BC is seeking a Farm Helper / Milker!

ABOUT Sunshine Meadow

We have an 8 acre farm in Cowichan Station. We keep a small herd of milking cows, all heritage breeds including Jerseys, Ayrshires, Brown Swiss and Guernsey crosses. The cows are on pasture most of the year and have access to the outdoors at all times.
We grow forage and pasture for the cows. We keep a small flock of laying hens that help fertilize and upgrade the pasture. There is also some garden space available to grow produce mostly for personal use, as well as some berries, fruit and nut trees. We also breed rabbits on a very small scale.

We are not certified organic. The cows are grass-fed and we produce most of the hay and haylage ourselves. They are also fed locally made non-GMO feed.
We handle all our animals with great care and kindness, so they are mostly very tame. We aim to maintain a low-stress environment for animals and humans alike.

DESIRED QUALITIES

We are looking for someone who is interested in working with cows and is not afraid of handling large animals. The job requires attention to detail, cleanliness and basic food safety awareness.

JOB TASKS

Each milking shift takes about 2 hours and includes feeding and milking the cows as well as bottle feeding the calves. There is preparation and clean-up of the milking system required.
Morning and evening milking times are somewhat flexible, start times could be for example 7:00 or 8:00 am and 5:30 or 6:30 pm.
We provide training from scratch, experience is not necessary.

JOB DETAILS

Term: start date as soon as possible, minimum of 6 months commitment
Hours per week: 8 to 20 hours per week as per agreement
Wage: $17.50 to $20.00 per hour as well as fresh farm products. Helpers work as independent contractors, not on a payroll.

TO APPLY

Please indicate the following in your application:

  • Any previous experience or why you are interested in working with cows.
  • Any food handling experience or general awareness of good hygiene.
  • Good record or references of reliability, commitment to the job.

Send applications to katharinadittus@gmail.com

When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org

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