GDU Farm Manager in Lenox, IA

Iowa Select Farms

TITLE: Gilt Development Manager
REPORTS TO: GDU Supervisor

We believe in doing the right thing every day, operating with character and integrity, and being stewards of our resource by committing to:

– Our Animals- Our People- Our Environment- Our Community

The core values of an organization are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. We expect all leaders, managers, and employees to demonstrate, foster and promote:

– Respect: We treat people with respect regardless of personal opinions or differing backgrounds, and no one within the organization is more or less important than anyone else- Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable for completing our job responsibilities and following through on our commitments. We encompass our ability to recognize our own strengths and areas for improvement as well as accept responsibility for the performance and actions of ourselves and our teams without blaming others.- Good Decision-Making: We are expected to continuously improve processes, attain results, and create efficiencies to achieve our mission while solving problems based on a combination of factual information, analysis, wisdom, and experience.- Flexibility: We must react to changing circumstances, ambiguity and uncertainty with confidence, openness, positive energy, and optimism.

To lead a team in the processes of caring for and administering to feeder pigs and gilts to assure optimum productivity. Lead, assist, and train production personnel at assigned GDU sites to assure breed targets and production goals are met. This person will assist where needed working with animals and light facility repair and maintenance.


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.
Develop and promote a team environment of cooperation.
Supervise overall cleanliness of the site; including proper bio-security, maintenance and upkeep inside and outside of facility.
Evaluate, discipline, and terminate employees in partnership with HR/ Supervisor.
Assist with hiring (referrals, farm tours, etc.).
Plan and oversee feed usage, planning and ordering.
Ordering and cost controls.
Responsible for monitoring all nutrient storage facilities and reporting issues immediately.
Monitor the environment and the environmental controls in the facility.
Maintain accurate records using ISF forms and protocols.
Ensure all animal removals are being removed according to ISF protocols and meet minimum withdrawal requirements.
Order and dispense medications and vaccinations according to ISF protocols.
Monitor and assist in the breeding process.
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 to ensure 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.
Facilities are organized and repaired between groups of pigs or as needed.
Promote and demonstrate safe animal handling practices.
Receive, sort and pen incoming pigs.
Oversee and assist with loading and unloading activities.
Perform and train employees on heat detection, artificial insemination and pregnancy checks.
Provide feedback to sow farm managers, farm supervisor or senior management.
Provide weekly communication to your supervisor on production, employee and or site issues so supervisor knows what issues are at the site.
Computer knowledge/ skills- able to run reports, data entry, email, word documents, excel documents, and able to navigate the tools site to be able to find important company documents.
Responsible to understand and troubleshoot alarm systems and calls and ensure a response is initiated for 100% of these calls.
Data entry for gilt development unit- including corrections, vaccinations, treatments, production numbers, tools systems, feed order and environmental.
Identify feeder pig and gilts needing timely euthanasia.
Complete euthanasia process according to ISF protocols.
Understands company production and incentive packages and motivates employees to achieve these results.
Responsible for ensuring employees work in a safe manner and use personal protective equipment (PPE) when required, keeping employees motivated to perform at a high level to achieve production results and ensure all employees are being trained.
Able to run generator and portable generator correctly.
Create routines with the farm that result in passed audits.
Create and execute action plans based off audit results.
Perform month end inventories on animals and supplies.


Adhere to Iowa Select Farms bio-security policy at all times which includes reporting any violations or concerns to management team
Compliance with Iowa Select Farms safety policies and procedures which includes continuous education to maintain a safe work environment
Follow Iowa Select Farms animal wellbeing policy at all times and partner with the Production Well-being team in a timely manner if an incident occurs


Leadership and Collaboration
Work ethic and Dedication
Time management and Organizational Skills
Problem Solving and Initiative
Trusted with Responsibility
Ability to learn and teach


This position will have duties in all facilities of Iowa Select Farms so employees will need to be comfortable working in and being exposed to all facility environments.
The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.
While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibrations.
The environment you will be working in may have nuisance levels of gases and dust, particularly in the winter months.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
Required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear.
Ability to read and write.
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds along with climbing over gates up to 48 inches in height.
The employee must be able to continuously repeat necessary movements such as bending, lifting and different hand movements as needed to complete tasks.


This is a full-time position that will typically require at least 40 hours a week.
Additional availability may be required during staffing challenges.
Weekend and holiday rotations are a requirement.
Occasional evening hours and weekend work may be required as the job duties demand.


Local travel will be required for this position through the utilization of a company vehicle.


At least five years previous experience in swine production operations is desired.
Bilingual requirements: Spanish preferred


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Additional duties, responsibilities, and activities may be assigned or changed at any time with or without notice.

Job Type: Full-time

401(k) matching
Dental insurance
Health insurance
Health savings account
Paid time off
Parental leave
Referral program
Vision insurance

Ability to commute/relocate:

Lenox, IA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


swine production: 5 years (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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