GENERAL JOB STATEMENT
The Farrowing Department Head is responsible for overseeing the daily aspects of swine farrowing including maintaining farrowing targets, individual sow and piglet care, feeding, farrowing, piglet health and vaccination program, nutrition, staff development, and record keeping.
Eligible for health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, 401K, PTO and paid holidays following 60 days of employment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage Swine Farrowing Department
Coordinate with Breeding Department Head pre-farrow and post-farrow sow movements.
Ensure accurate count of piglets being weaned to nursery.
Ensure all NFP records and forms are accurately completed and submitted in a timely manner.
Implement NFP production policies for care and management of animals.
Manage and evaluate all department employees and complete employee performance evaluations with Sow Farm Manager.
Manage inventory for farrowing medicine and supplies.
Monitor pit status and coordinate timely removal of nutrients.
Organize staff to ensure all department tasks are completed within the scheduled staff hours.
Oversee and perform daily chores for department:
Maintain unit cleanliness.
Sow and piglet condition.
Routinely check and repair facilities and equipment.
Schedule all daily, weekly, and monthly department tasks.
Strategize for day-to-day management, problem litters and sows, fostering newborns, backfilling farrowing crates, weaning rooms, and 4-week weaning projection.
Work with main office staff to correct record discrepancies.
Assist Farm Manager
Complete farm safety goals and follow proper safety procedures.
Complete necessary paperwork.
Determine department budgets.
Maintain a motivated and productive staff.
Prepare staff work schedules.
Set short and long-term goals for department.
Train and Teach Employees
Address any performance or attendance problems for department employees and perform necessary discipline.
Assist department members with time management and production skill development.
Ensure that each employee understands the expectations and performance requirements for his or her job.
Instruct staff on all PigCHAMP production records.
Meet regularly with employees for production discussion and problem solving.
Teach staff to work as a team.
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
Able to perform all Farrowing Department tasks and positions.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to independently schedule activities.
Ability to problem solve.
Effective time management.
Read and interpret procedure manuals.
Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school education in swine production; or two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and training.
Interacts closely with Sow Farm Manager, Breeding Department Head, and Farrowing Technicians.
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.