RMS Technicians ensure that farms in their portfolio are visited 364 days in the year. The team is responsible for heat detection, inseminations, breeding records and liaison with other personnel involved in the business. It is a demanding job with a lot of responsibility, requiring dedicated attention to detail. Cahair McAllistair has been working in this role for the past eight years.
Why did you choose to work for Genus RMS?
I love working with cows so the opportunity to spend all day working with them really appealed to me.
The farmers involved really appreciate the service and the breeding information we help collate. It is great to be part of a large team but yet work on your own and organise your own day.
What is your typical day like?
Normally start around 5.15am with a cup of coffee and sync my phone for all the farms’ breeding information. I will work my way round my farms in the order that best suits to complete the day. I will have conversations with customers about drying cows off, what’s next to calve and when the vet will be next on farm.
Sometimes customers will ask how we think their cows are looking as we see a lot of cows every day, but more importantly, they value our opinion due to the training we are given. I might finish my day with a conversation with a nutritionist or other farm adviser on my way to pick the kids up from school.
I have worked for Genus now for eight years and really enjoy my role. I have spent time in England, Poland, America and Cork through the company.
I love the ability to work with livestock anywhere in the world through such a global company.
I have learnt many new skills
and met many interesting people.
When I started there were 14 technicians employed, now we have 32 technicians and two assistant managers – the team has grown dramatically but yet has kept the small team feeling about it.
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