TITLE: Sow Farm Animal Caretaker
REPORTS TO: Sow Farm Department Head
PURPOSEOF POSITION: To work as a team member caring for and administering tosows and piglets to assure optimum productivity. This person will assist where needed workingwith animals and light facility repair and maintenance.
Adhere to ISF bio-security policy at all times and report to management team any violation.
Adhere to ISF animal wellbeing policy at all times and know reporting procedures when incident occurs.
Adhere to ISF safety policies and procedures and wear appropriate safety equipment (PPE) for appropriate tasks and work in a safe manner.
The 3 key responsibilities listed above are all tracked via audits, you play a critical role in the success of audits for the entire farm which also impacts incentive payouts.
Care and management of animals to ensure that:
Animals are properly fed.
Water is available.
Observation of all animals daily and ensuring sick animals are properly treated.
Overall animal conditions are evaluated and maintained.
Follow proper steps for timely euthanasia and be able to identify when it is needed.
Care and management of facilities toensure that:
Fans, curtains, heaters and other equipment are working properly.
Ventilation equipment is adjusted to provide proper environment.
Facilities are kept clean, including power washing and disinfecting.
Maintain accurate records using ISFforms and protocols.
Procure, administer and dispensemedications and vaccinations according to ISF protocols.
Perform heat detection, artificialinsemination and pregnancy checks.
Monitor and assist in the farrowingprocess.
Process, vaccinate and castratepiglets at appropriate times.
Proper handling of chemicals(storage and application).
Setting litters to ISF protocols.
Wean pigs according to farmprotocols.
Follow dead removal protocols andensure safety and biosecurity procedures are being followed.
Move animals (sows, boars andpiglets) using safe handling practices.
Provide feedback to department headsand farm manager.
Demeanor should be positive andprofessional at all times.
Daily focus should be on welfare ofanimals, not personal issues.
Attendance is critical. Be at workon scheduled days and be ready to walk into barns by start time given.
Be friendly, positive, helpful,team-oriented and respectful to co-workers and management team.
Flexibility in hours during healthand staffing challenges is required.
Education/Experience: None required
This person must be motivated and beable to follow directions and complete tasks effectively. Thus, they must haveinitiative, organization, and dependability. Physical requirements include theability to lift up to 40 pounds and to climb over gates up to 48 inches inheight as well as pushing, pulling, bending and kneeling. While performing the duties of this job, theemployee is regularly required to walk and stand, use hands to finger, handle,or feel objects, tools, controls, or animals. The employee is occasionallyrequired to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear.
This position requires the employeeto work closely with managers, supervisors, production staff and otheremployees, so teamwork and effective communication skills are veryimportant. Direct contact with animalswill occur, so good stockmanship and bio-security practices must be understoodand practiced at all times. The employee must be able to, with or withoutaccommodation, work in all facilities within the requirements of this jobdescription.
Iowa Select Farms