Farm Manager

The Maschhoffs

Springfield,  Illinois

The primary responsibility of the farm manager is to oversee the welfare, care and day-to-day management of their animals. They will insure good production through the implementation of standard operating procedures, maintenance of careful and accurate records, employee development, promotion of the well being of animals in their care, and good environmental stewardship.

Job Duties & Accountabilities:

Typical Duties of a Farm Manager include:

  • Having the skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform as a manager by committing to being the best team member, leader and individual that they can be.
  • Promote the development of all team members’ production, leadership and organizational skills through open and honest informal daily feedback, formal training sessions, goal setting and daily organization of their activities.
  • Performing local human resource management including:
  • Promotion of safe work habits, maintenance of a safe working environment and documentation of all work related injuries
  • Recruitment and hiring of new team members
  • Scheduling work hours, vacation and leave days of all employees
  • Reporting all time worked and not worked to the payroll system
  • Discipline and termination of employees with documentation of discipline, termination records
  • Assist in the development and provide input and suggestions to insure the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP), such as, but not limited to:
  • Feeding strategies
  • Monitoring and maintaining proper temperature and ventilation rates
  • Animal movements and animal care
  • Use of pharmaceutical (medication) and biological products (vaccines)
  • Perform timely duties and comply with practices that promote the health of the animals under their care (commonly referred to as bio-security practices) which include but are not limited to:
  • Remaining away from pigs not owned by companies managed by TMI
  • Changing footwear and clothing as required
  • Maintaining bird proof facilities
  • Observation of SOPs for transportation of livestock, supplies and feed
  • Rodent baiting on the inside and outside of the buildings, keep and maintain adequate rodent baiting records on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Remove dead animals according to standardized protocol
  • Report violations of these practices to their supervisor
  • Oversee the daily production activities of their sites including:
  • Organization of team members’ time including regular discussions with section managers and team members on long term planning, goal setting and prioritization of activities.
  • Implementation and review of standard operating procedures
  • Coordination of feed and supply deliveries
  • Daily care that promotes well being and increased productivity of all animals under their care.
  • Monitoring the health of all animals and provide the required vaccinations, medications, injections, and other medications as needed to promote animal well being and increased production.
  • Keep and maintain accurate production records to assist in the development of the team, themselves and the improvement of the system. In addition, maintain an accurate record of the number of animals under their management that can be submitted for auditing and accounting purposes when requested.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs on buildings and equipment, as well as, housekeeping responsibilities of the barn facilities including trash removal, cleanliness of the office spaces, lunchrooms, and employee changing areas.
  • Enforce and implement best management practices for environmental stewardship including
  • Reporting all cases of environmental contamination by swine waste to the TMI EMS team as soon as the discharge is stopped.
  • Proper regulation of manure storage facility (pit) levels
  • Flushing time and recharge of manure handling systems within the barns.
  • Coordinate with environmental management system staff a regular schedule and timing of proper waste management techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or GED. AAS or BS in Animal Science or related agriculture field preferred.

Two (2) years of experience working in a swince production environment required. Experience with direct employee supervision is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Livestock/swine management and handling
  • Company policies and procedures
  • Standard maintenance procedures
  • Proper pig terminology and livestock handling
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) and basic understanding of computers is preferred

Ability to:

  • Work independently, as well as being a team player
  • Effectively monitor and develop subordinates to insure smooth operation of the farm
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Desire to learn new skills
  • Confront direct reports and hold people accountable when necessary
  • Use production records to facilitate improvements
  • Understand company vision and strategy

Skill in:

  • Clear and consise verbal and written communication skills
  • Applicataion of company tools for leadership development and learning
  • Building effective teams and motivating them to achieve high performance

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