Sow Farm Technician – Amboy in Amboy, IL

Wakefield Pork Inc

Breeding or Farrowing Technician

Since 1991, Wakefield Pork has been an industry leader in pork production, operating from south central Minnesota to northern Iowa. As a forward-thinking leader in the pork industry, the Wakefield Pork family strives to deliver a quality pork product that nourishes families across the world. We are looking for all kinds of employees with different types of experiences. We believe work ethic and strong values are as important as industry expertise.

Summary: A Breeding Technician is responsible for assisting with all daily aspects of swine breeding, including maintaining breeding and farrowing targets, daily artificial insemination (AI) breeding, semen inventory and delivery, herd health and vaccination program, nutrition, isolation and acclimation of replacement gilts, and record keeping. Wakefield Pork is seeking a dedicated individual who is interested in the pork industry and can bring an element of team dynamics to Wakefield Pork’s goal-orientated system.

A Farrowing Technician is responsible for assisting with all daily aspects of swine farrowing, including maintaining farrowing targets, individual sow and piglet care, feeding, farrowing, piglet health and vaccination program, nutrition, and record keeping. Wakefield Pork is seeking a dedicated individual who is interested in the pork industry and can bring an element of team dynamics to Wakefield Pork’s goal-orientated system.

Locations: Amboy, Bingham Lake, Fort Ripley, Granada, Hector, Lafayette, Little Falls, Nicollet & Winnebago, MN

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Breeding:

Ensure the highest standards of ethical animal treatment
Assist Department Lead
Conduct artificial breeding (AI), as directed
Perform daily estrous checks on animals and check bred groups
Perform routine and seasonal vaccinations, as directed
Assist with monthly inventory counts
Perform general feed maintenance on bred and open animals
Assist farrowing department
Assist in maintaining all sow breeding records and documentation on sow removal records, transactions, and treatment records

Farrowing:

Ensure the highest standards of ethical animal treatment
Assist Department Lead with preparation of pre-farrow rooms
Execute proper farrowing of sows & execution of day one pig care
Perform inducing of sows**
Assist Department Lead in ensuring that piglets are with the correct sow and stall; transfer and size piglets as directed
Keep stalls full of lactating sows
Process and castrate piglets
Feed lactating sows as per protocol
Assist with piglet weaning
Assist breeding department
Assist Department Lead with maintaining accurate documentation (i.e. weekly, monthly inventory of sows and piglets)

ALL Farm Employees:

Exhibit strong teamwork, including working to achieve team goals, embracing new technologies, working on new projects, etc.
Maintain a clean and organized working environment
Ensure a proper animal environment, including but not limited to ventilation, water, feed, and animal husbandry
Maintain PQA Plus & TQA certification status
Ensure that WPI training program requirements and procedures are being met and executed
Assist in power washing, as assigned
Attend and participate in all staff meetings and trainings
Follow all safety rules and practices and encourage coworkers to do the same
Ensure the highest level of a safe work environment
Follow all biosecurity measures as per WPI policies

Basic Qualifications:

Be capable of lifting a minimum of 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation
Ability to do basic math – addition, subtraction, and multiplication
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
Regular, consistent attendance

Preferred Qualifications:

Industry experience preferred, but not required

Physical Demands:

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 3-foot gates, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of up to 50 pounds. Position requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Frequently required, for extended periods of time, to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and communicate.

Organizational Relationships:

Interacts closely with Sow Barn Manager, Department Leads, and other Technicians

Hours:

Typically, Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm (actual hours vary by location) and an every 3rd weekend rotation

Pay and Benefits:

Full Time employees are eligible for: paid time off, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, flexible spending account, and 401(k) with match.
Wages and salaries are set commensurate with skills and experience and in accordance with Wakefield Pork’s wage and benefit policies.
Position requires a high level of respect for team members and animals. Must demonstrate communication and time-management skills, as well as the ability to adapt and function effectively in a fast paced, changing environment.

Preceding statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed of this position. This list is not all-inclusive as additional duties may be assigned.