FARM JOB: Elbow, SK – No Kidding Weed Management, Goat Herder

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 10, 2022

No Kidding Weed Management in Elbow, Saskatchewan is seeking a Goat Herder!

ABOUT No Kidding Weed Management

No Kidding Weed Management uses goats to control the noxious weed Leafy Spurge in the Elbow Community Pasture. The Elbow pasture is a unique environment that stretches from Douglas Provincial Park to the Qu’appelle valley over naturalized farmsteads, sand dunes, native prairie and bush. The pasture is home to many birds, wildlife including elk and moose and many unique and even rare plants. There will be around 3,400 goats split into 2 herds, sourced from both my own herd as well as other farms in SK and AB grazing this summer.

Goats are an effective and environmentally-friendly control method for noxious weeds including leafy spurge. They reduce or eliminate the need to rely on chemical controls. They help to maintain and improve the biodiversity of the pasture as they prefer the invasive weeds over the native grasses and plants.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Herders must have excellent observation and decision making skills. Must enjoy working outside in all weather with livestock and herding dogs.

JOB TASKS

Herders will use an ATV and herding dogs to manage a herd of 1500-1800 goats. The herd is grazed during the day for about 10 hours and penned in electric netting for the night. No experience is necessary. Enthusiasm is a must! All training is provided.

JOB DETAILS

Term: The grazing season begins May 15th. However due to the short notice, the start date is flexible. The season ends in mid to late September depending on growing conditions throughout the season or the start of the school term for students.
There are also relief herder positions available which would be short 1-3 week terms.

Hours per week: Depending on preference, herders will work 3-5 days per week. There is a team of herders so there is flexibility for time off.

Wage: A daily rate is paid at $170-200 per day, depending on experience. Housing is provided.

TO APPLY

Please send resume or any questions to nokiddingweedmgmt@gmail.com

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

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