GENERAL JOB STATEMENT
The Gilt Selection Technician is responsible for assisting the Genetic Services Manager in the identification and selection of quality replacement gilts to be disseminated throughout New Fashion Pork's sow farms. This positions accesses and applies data from NFP Genetic Suppliers to aid in the identification and selection of superior breeding stock. Additionally, the individual will provide support to all New Fashion Pork multiplication sow farms by providing records and data to optimize genetic potential of our breeding stock.
Eligible for health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability as well as 401K, PTO and holiday pay following 60 days of employment
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist Genetic Services Manager with creation of bi-weekly mating lists.
Communicate gilt availability through inventory documentation.
Communicate with Genetic Services Manager regarding genetic concerns.
Ensure bottom 50 and 100 lists are followed and animals are removed.
Evaluate mating bi-weekly to ensure optimal animals are mated pure.
Plan and request all gilt movements within NFP.
Provide average farm indexes to managers.
Submit records to Fast Genetics weekly.
Track questionable data at the sow farm, nurseries, and finishers.
Be available to track and capture genetic data at Indiana 1 and Indiana 2.
Evaluate and communicate phenotypical abnormalities (floppy ears on an assumed Large White or Yorkshire female, feet/leg issues, conformation trends).
Identify and select gilts weekly at nurseries and finishers.
Visit commercial sow farms for feedback on selected gilts.
Weigh gilts in the GDU's at Indiana 1 and Indiana 2 on a weekly basis and submit data to Fast Genetics. Gilts must be greater than 24 weeks of age.
Breeding and Farrowing Departments
Audit procedures from the written genetic protocols, including but not limited to, sow selection for mating, ear notching, tagging and identification of pure females, recordkeeping, error correction.
Visit sow farms to evaluate animals selected for breeding.
Gilt Development and Isolation Facilities
Communicate with farm managers post gilt shipments.
Receive feedback from Farm Managers regarding gilt selection and quality of gilts upon arrival.
Attend applicable Genetic and/or Gilt/Sow Management meetings as deemed necessary by the Genetic Services Manager.
Attend or Present at Sow Production meetings.
Create a positive work environment for co-workers by leading from example.
Define personal and business short and long-term goals.
Positively represent the company at work and in the community.
Other Requirements and Responsibilities
All other tasks and responsibilities as may be required by NFP.
Attend staff meetings and trainings as scheduled and required.
Follow all safety rules and practices and encourage co-workers to do the same.
Follow all applicable biosecurity measures per NFP policies.
Regular and consistent attendance.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to communicate effectively and read/interpret procedure manuals.
Ability to problem solve.
Effective time management and able to independently schedule work activities.
Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school in swine production; or two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and training.
Interacts closely with Genetic Services Manager, Nursery Managers, Finisher Managers, and Sow Farm Managers.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to move throughout the farm; and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb 4-foot gates, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) medium to heavy weights of 50-75 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Frequently required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and communicate.