J.F.Cobb & Sons - Healthy cows are happier and more productive, so we are always looking for ways to improve their wellbeing
We have a highly skilled farm team with each member playing their own valuable role. This teamwork in caring for our cows is key, not only for the health and welfare of the animals, but also for the success of our business.
Our team

Our team

Working in agriculture is a fantastic career choice and one that will grow in importance as world population increases.

There is a broad range of roles within agriculture, as shown below, so there is something for everyone, no matter where your interests lie.

We are lucky enough to have a great team and we work together like a large family to provide the best care for our cows and the land. It is this team, past, present and future, that makes our farm a success.

Running a mixed dairy enterprise requires a wide range of skills. We directly employ around 80 people in our farm team who live and work locally, and we also use a huge range of contractors and advisers. A significant number of the team have worked here for their entire career.

Roles on the farm include:

  • Herd Managers take care of all the day-to-day operations at the dairy, including caring for new born calves and the freshly calved cows
  • Herd Health Technicians keep track of herd health through individual animal records
  • Feed Managers look after the day to day nutritional needs of our cows and make sure that bought in feeds are ordered and delivered correctly
  • Young Stock Managers care for our baby calves and rear them until they are two years old, when they join the dairy herd
  • Breeding Technicians are responsible for spotting cows that are on heat and ensuring that they are artificially inseminated so that they get in calf and go on to produce milk
  • Milking Technicians carry out the majority of the milking and daily cow care
  • Tractor Technicians carry out all our land work including cultivations, manure applications and harvesting
  • An Agronomist checks soil management and fertility for growing crops, using farm manures and artificial fertilizers
  • Our Farm Administrators manage our accounts, all our legal and legislative compliance and our HR. They also manage the partners!
  • Our vets, Synergy Farm Health, work really closely with our farm team, visiting the farm daily to help monitor herd health.
  • Our specialist cow nutritionist is in regular contact to advise on cow diets for optimum performance and health.
  • We use a range of local mechanics to keep our plant and machinery operating efficiently.
  • We use a wide range of local builders and trades people to help maintain and improve our buildings so that our cows are as comfortable as possible and we have the best facilities for our staff.

Each and every member of our team plays a vital role in the success of the farm. In return, we are committed to trying to ensure that we provide the best working conditions and career prospects. To this end we have undertaken an audit to become ‘Sedex’ approved. Sedex reviews ethical and responsible practices across global supply chains and is a standard that most major retailers and food processing businesses subscribe to. Focusing on employment standards, health and safety, the environment and business integrity, it is a stringent audit that we are very proud to have successfully passed.

We are also working towards Investors in People accreditation as a mark of our commitment to training and development.

Economic impact

More than 80,000 people work in the UK dairy industry and it generates around £8 billion each year for the UK economy.

What’s more, research has suggested that each and every dairy cow brings around £8,500 to the local community around the farm in the form of the jobs, goods, and services created by a cow. This equates to around £34 million for our herd – quite significant for the rural Dorset economy! The research also suggested that every nine cows generate one job in the local community (i.e. additional jobs to those created directly on the farm), which would mean that around 444 jobs are created as a result of our dairy herds.