Position and/or Unit Overview: This position will have the primary responsibility for performing a variety of manual labor tasks related to feeding, caring for and milking cows, and feeding and caring for calves, sows and piglets, ewes and lambs and beef steers on the St. Paul Campus. The position is a 100 percent, 12 month continuing appointment.
Major Areas of Accountability: These examples do not include all possible tasks of this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this class. Percentages may vary based on time of year and needs of dairy.
All tasks require appropriate use and operation of farm machinery and equipment, including operating a skidsteer.
Documentation of activities and observations is required for most tasks, especially in the dairy barn, to ensure animals receive appropriate and timely care (health observations and treatments, etc.) and to identify factors that could explain potential problems (decreased performance, failure to conceive, etc.).
Milking (30%) Prepare the parlor, milking equipment and cows for milking, milk the cows according to established procedures, ensure cow IDs and milk weights are captured correctly and stored electronically.
Feed and Feeding (30%) Remove uneaten feed from the previous day from the feed mangers. Procure forage from silage bag and/or upright silo, prepare and deliver daily feed allotment to livestock by hand, tractor, or feed mixer/feed wagon. Evaluate clean water supply for livestock. Clean and maintain watering system as needed.
Animal Health Care (10%). Observe animals daily for abnormalities. Treat and care for animals and/or contact veterinarian for assistance according to site procedures. Assist veterinarian in treatment of injuries and ailments and administer treatments, including intravenous therapies, as prescribed by veterinarian or supervisor. Record observations and all therapies administered.
Animal Care – General (10%). Ear-tag, tattoo, or attach unique identifiers to livestock for identifications. Perform artificial insemination, castration, and collect blood samples for animals as required. Assist animals during calving, lambing and farrowing. Record breeding, birth, and birthing information.
Animal Facility Use (10%). Clean and maintain sanitation of barns, pens, stalls, water tanks, feed mangers and other livestock facilities. Oil, clean, and make minor repairs on equipment and tools.
Animal Handling (10%). Move cattle and livestock frequently within and between animal facilities.
Qualifications, *Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
High school graduate with three (3) years of full-time experience in the care of livestock, or a combination of related college coursework and experience in the care of livestock totaling three (3) years.
A valid Minnesota Driver’s License.
Must be able to lift up to 120 lbs; 50 lbs repeatedly. *General farm labor experience.
*Experience in operating farm tractors and equipment.
Internal Number: 334473
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