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Swine Technician - Penn Valley Farm

Responsibilities:

A Swine Farm technician provides care for the sows and piglet on a sow farm.

  • Daily monitors and evaluates sow health and condition.
  • Maintain accurate records and submit them in a timely manner to the supervisor.
  • Ensure that the farm's work environment is safe by using safety equipment and following safety protocols.
  • Monitor and report thermal environment for animals.
  • Perform routine maintenance and pressure washing as needed.
  • Following approved SOP guidelines, feed and water daily.
  • Assist in moving sows, boars and piglets as directed by Supervisor.
  • Follow animal welfare policies and procedures including: providing a physical environment that meets the animals needs; provide access to adequate water and high-quality feed; provide humane treatment of the animals; provide identification and appropriate treatment of the animals in need of health care; and follow the guidelines for euthanasia.
  • Position responsibilities for a Farm Technician working in the breeding department alsoinclude, but are not limited to
    :

    • Assist in the processes of heat checking, artificial breeding, and monitoring of sow pregnancy status, following established protocols for CVFF.
    • Assist the farrowing department when needed following farrowing job description guidelines.

    Position responsibilities for a Farm Technician working in the farrowing departmentinclude, but are not limited to:

    • Record deaths and births daily on sow cards provided and submit them in a timely manner.
    • Process litters daily. Processing includes but not limited to castration, iron shots, and tail docking.
    • Assist sows when having farrowing difficulties. Medicate sows when needed -- following predetermined protocol.
    • Aid in breeding and gestation department when needed following breeding and gestation job description guidelines.

    Qualifications

    ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

    • No experience necessary.
    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Must be willing to learn to understand animal behaviors.
    • Must be able to tolerate and willing to learn and perform the following tasks: euthanasia, artificial insemination, vaccinations, piglet processing, ear tagging, tattooing, pressure washing other procedures normal to animal husbandry.
    • Must be able to tolerate blood, animal dander, manure, dust, odors, and frequently noisy conditions.
    • This position requires one who is multi-task oriented and a team player.
    • Ability to read, write and speak simple sentences in English.
    • Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    • Must understand that the Company is a producer of high quality pork and be supportive of the mission of raising swine for meat.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
    • Must be available full time Monday to Friday, with some weekend and holidays work will be required.
    • Start times may vary based on day of the week.


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