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Trainee Farm Manager -Student Internship

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This one-year placement will provide an opportunity to gain an all-round understanding of the integrated pig rearing business within Karro Food Group, from outdoor breeding though to processing. A project relating to an aspect of the breeding operation will be incorporated into the placement.

The placement year offers an opportunity to learn about the agricultural aspects within a large food processing organisation. 

You will spend the majority of your placement in one of our breeding farms, and will gain an understanding in the following areas:

On placement in our breeding farm in Scotland:

  • Farm induction and health and safety training programme
  • Practical outdoor pig breeding, from artificial insemination to the management of dry sows, farrowing and piglet care
  • Maintenance of herd records via Agrosoft software system, covering the importance of timely and accurate recording, as well as understanding how information impacts the business planning and decisions
  • Daily routines carried out in accordance with the relevant procedure manual, including feeding, bedding and day to day care of livestock
  • Principles of biosecurity (assisting in its implementation in order to protect the health of the herd)
  • Management of all vaccination and medication programmes on the unit; this includes recording their use and stock control, and the opportunity to interact and learn from the vets on their regular visits
  • Monitoring the health of the herd in conjunction with the unit manager
  • Introduction of new initiatives and implementation of new plans and instructions, of which the student will be actively encouraged to participate and make suggestions
  • Audit processes on the farm and a knowledge of the requirements of accreditation to auditing bodies and to our customers
  • Understanding of how the farm maintains an adequate supply of feed, straw and artificial insemination on a weekly basis, as well as a well maintained and effective water system on the farm
  • Processes around maintenance of vehicles and other equipment around the farm
  • Herd production targets, and working with the team towards achieving them

Our student will be given the opportunity to visit our finishing farms, head office and largest processing plant, returning to our breeding farm to complete project work.  In doing so, our student will have experienced and gained understanding of:

  • The role of the fieldsperson in the management of rearing and finishing
  • The movement of animals from herds to rearing units
  • The importance of weight and health status for piglets moving to the next stage
  • Maintenance of health in a different environment
  • Establishing relationships with contract farmers
  • The requirements of auditing bodies relating to the rearing farms
  • Veterinary input
  • The plant operations, spending time across the different on the site and understanding the supply chain end to end process
  • The wider agriculture team, including finance, observing the relationship between practical activities and impact on the finances of the business
  • How the whole business fits together and how improvements can be brought about from the beginning of the breeding process in order to impact the final product. Applying this knowledge and devoting time to the completion of the assigned project back on farm

If you are excited about the prospect of learning about managing a farm at Karro and can meet the criteria below, we can’t wait to hear from you!

  • You have the right to work in the UK and are willing to travel and live away from home (must hold full UK driving license)
  • You must be in the penultimate year of an Agri-related degree (e.g. Animal Science, Agriculture or similar) and be on target for at least a 2:1 in your degree
  • You have an interest in the pig industry, although previous pig experience is not essential as you will be provided with full training

Proactive health and safety is a prerequisite to employment at Karro Foods. All roles have a responsibility to demonstrate commitment to the companies’ health and safety goals, and as such it forms an essential component of all job descriptions, at all levels.


At Karro we are dedicated to rewarding and enriching the careers of the people who work for us. If you are hardworking, willing to get involved and respond well to a challenging and fast-moving environment, then you will find Karro to be a well-matched employer who will support you at every turn and reward your dedication with support, development and long-term career prospects.

About Karro:

Karro is a leading producer of both fresh and cooked pork products with c. 4,500 employees over 14 sites across the UK and Ireland. The business supplies to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK, as well as export customers globally. We have full production chain visibility and our pork is eaten by millions of consumers every year.

To learn more about our farming business, Brydock Farms, visit: Brydock Farms | Brydock Farms

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