Sow Farm Technicians

 

Boerboom Ag Resources is looking to fill full time animal care positions on a newly remodeled, state of the art sow farm located near Marshall, MN. Applicants must have a passion for animal care, a willingness to work in a team environment and have a desire to learn and excel at their job. Positions will be available beginning in October, 2020. Animal care experience is preferred but not required.

 

The positions will be in gestation and farrowing and include breeding, moving sows, piglet processing, vaccination and more. Moderate lifting and record keeping are required. The job will be about 45 hours a week and will include working rotating weekends and holidays.

 

Boerboom Ag offers a full compensation package which includes health insurance, retirement plan, paid time off and more. For more information or to apply call Laurie at Boerboom Ag Resources at 507-532-7351 or email laurie@boerboomag.com.

Sow Farm Gestation Lead

 

General Job Statement:

The Gestation Lead will lead the breeding and gestation team in all aspects of open and bred gilt and sow production under the direction of the Sow Farm Manager. Daily structured duties and employee development and supervision are expected. The Farrowing and Gestation Leads act as assistant managers on the farm and, in the absence of the Sow Farm Manager, will be responsible for managing and directing daily operations. This position involves working in an agricultural environment which includes hands-on interaction with people and livestock.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Gestation Lead

  • Lead the breeding/gestation team to ensure all daily responsibilities and tasks are performed

  • Oversee gilt development including timely vaccinations, boar exposure, and ESF training

  • Oversee and train team members on all aspects of gilt and sow well-being including daily care, proper treatments, body condition scoring, and general pig observation

  • Coordinate animal flow under the direction of the Sow Farm Manager and understand its effect on both the sow unit and downstream grow/finish production flows

  • Monitor breeding/gestation team member performance and provide training and constructive feedback

  • Ensure the health and welfare of all animals including managing barn environment, nutrition, and medication

  • Oversee semen inventory, handling, and storage to maintain top quality

  • Adhere to all Boerboom Ag Resources standard operating procedures and ensure that all farm personnel do the same

  • Maintain and enforce all biosecurity rules and practices

  • Ensure all employees, barn operators, and truckers handle hogs in appropriate manner as outlined in the National Pork Board TQA and PQA programs

    Administrative

  • Execute principles and standards outlined by the PQA Plus program

  • Communicate daily with the Sow Farm Manager on production, animal health and employee issues

  • Oversee the daily recording of production data and ensure its accuracy

  • Attend and participate in on-farm production meetings and work toward the goals set by the team

  • Attend and participate in Boerboom Ag scheduled production and planning meetings

    Special Job Requirements

  • Assist in special projects as requested by management

  • Respect and humane care for all animals is required

  

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday from 5:45 am – 3:30 pm with rotating weekends and holidays. The schedule may vary day-to-day depending on the needs of the animals and staff.

  

 Continuing Education:

  • Attend swine related educational seminars and trade shows

  • Continuously work on personal development and leadership skills

  • Develop short and long term personal and professional goals

  

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Two years direct breeding and gestation experience required

  • Experience in an open pen, electronic sow feeding system is preferred

  • Organizational, leadership, problem solving, and communication skills are necessary

  • Must be dedicated, goal-oriented, and motivated in order to effectively lead a team

  • Basic computer and data entry skills required

  • Must have the ability to stand/walk for extended periods and lift 40 pounds

  • Spanish language skills beneficial

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