Sow Farm Unit Manager
Position: UNIT MANAGER Objective: Supervise functions associated with the breeding and farrowing performance of farm and collaborate with Farm Owner’s and Management Company to meet herd’s productivity and cost of production objectives. Personnel Responsibilities:* Supporting Farm Owner’s and Management Company decisions, policies and leadership being provided to all farm personnel.* Collaborate with Breeding Department Head and Farrowing Department Head concerning scheduling and organization of daily personnel activities.* Supervise and perform production tasks required in breeding/gestation and farrowing barns.* Assist in recruiting farm personnel.* Timely give feedback and perform written evaluations of farm personnel.* Train farm personnel how to successfully perform all tasks involved with farm management.* Timely schedule farm personnel work days and ensure time off is fairly and consistently allocated.* Maintain low farm personnel turnover rates.* Production Responsibilities:Daily care of breeding stock and piglets.* Providing proper environment for animals in farm* Computer controllers set accurately* Air inlets adjusted accordingly* Drip cooling or cool cell systems set properly* Heat lamps and piglet comfort zones meet piglet age requirements* Pit plugs pulled timely and pit’s recharged to minimize pit gases and odor* Ensures barns are kept clean and manure buildup behind sows is minimized Animal nutrition* Ensure fresh feed is available and spoiled feed is dumped out daily* Get sows up at each feeding* Feed levels timely adjusted to meet sow’s body condition requirements* Ensure piglets receive adequate amounts of clostrom* Ensure adequate water flow is available* Maximize lactation feed intake* Follow herd health and bio-security protocols* Vaccination protocols timely performed* Sow and piglet treatments are done on a timely basis* Ensure proper animal husbandry of all animals in farm* Timely euthanize suffering animals* Remove dead animals to rendering or compost area timely* Ensure that farm personnel move and handle animals properly* Meet farm production targets* Ensure enough females are being bred to meet farrowing target* Maintain high farrowing rates and minimize non-productive sow days* Maximize number of piglets weaned per sow* Optimize health and quality of wean pigs* Maximize herd efficiencies* Control breeding stock culling and replacement rates Facility responsibilities:* Timely perform routine building and equipment maintenance* Address issues that may cause an un-safe working environment* Enlist outside contractor assistance to repair mechanical breakdowns beyond basic maintenance performance and obtain Management Company pre-approval to complete repair projects of significant cost* Ensure that work area is kept picked up, clean, neat and orderly* Assist in keeping office, supply rooms, generator room and storage areas clean and orderly* Ensure farm’s manure storage system is operating according to local and state requirements.* Ensure dead animal composting area is operated according to local and state requirements. Administrative Responsibilities:* Keep Management Company timely informed of status of farm productivity and personnel* Ensure sow cards and production forms are timely and accurately completed* Daily complete production summary reports* Submit production reports to office on expected schedule* Ensure sow tag number and sow card information reconciles* Timely project pig weaning schedule and breeding stock flow* Managing supply inventory* Ensuring an adequate inventory of products are available on farm* Collaborate with Management Company to ensure cost control of supplies being purchased* Collaborate with farm personnel to order feed* Minimizing semen wastage by ordering semen to meet breeding projections * Utilize production and financial reports to identify opportunities to improve farm’s productivity and profitability Other responsibilities:* Be willing to respond to and adequately handle emergency alarm calls* Perform miscellaneous tasks as directed by Management Company* Be willing to acquire skills as needed to perform technological advancementsApply for this job.