Assistant Farm Manager

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Position Description

The Assistant Farm Manager will perform the duties of feeding and caring for all livestock on the dairy facility. The proper care of dairy animals involves keeping the animal areas, lots and barns clean and free from manure and extraneous objects. The job is to be performed in an efficient manner to allow the production of a high-quality product and promote animal well-being and comfort. Secondary responsibilities will include activities associated with the farm cropping enterprises and instructional support. Examples of specific responsibilities are listed below.

The Assistant Farm Manager is committed to meeting the College Vision and customer service requirements of providing the highest quality lifelong learning opportunities to anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyway with a focus on real life, real learning.

Hours: Typical schedule will be Monday through Friday within the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm. and rotational weekends. While these hours are typical, holiday, college shut down, and weekend hours will be included on a rotation schedule; hours may be subject to change as workload and needs of our customers and work areas change. This is a salaried position.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities: Management of the Dairy Herd in all phases of the dairy, including the following:
1) Ration preparation and feeding
2) Feeding, cleaning, and care of all animals at the agriculture center of excellence-calves, heifers, dairy cattle
3) Assist with milking duties
4) Upkeep of facilities, grounds, and equipment
5) Calving assistance
6) Assist in Heat detection and breeding
7) Maintain animal health and other records as necessary-such as herd health, reproduction, heat detection, animal ID, treatment, and animal care, etc.
8) Ordering supplies for farming operations
9) Be aware and follow conservation practices
10) Follow and update 590 nutrient management plan
11) Cropping
a. Planting
b. Harvesting
c. Chemical Applications
d. Tillage
e. Machinery repair and selection
f. Organizing, planning, planting, and harvesting of test plots

Detailed duties and responsibilities
Feeding Responsibilities:
1) Practice humane animal handling practices at all times.
2) Check all animals on a timely basis to be certain they are receiving adequate feed.
3) Be certain clean water and feed is available per protocol
4) Entire farm must be tour ready at all times-be certain areas are cleaned daily
5) Routinely check freshening area and assist in birthing process as needed.
6) Monitor all animals for health and stress
7) Maintain all equipment as prescribed by manufacturer's suggestions. Be certain all machinery is in working order. Notify manager immediately if any malfunctions occur.
8) Take any necessary feed or forage samples for nutrient testing.
9) Be certain all pastures and fencing are maintained. Repair these items when needed.
10) Maintain all equipment and tools in an orderly manner so they are readily available to use by any employee if needed.
11) Treat sick animals and administer appropriate prescription drugs as directed.
12) Perform routine vaccinations.
13) Assist in any special projects or routine maintenance of farmstead.

Milking Responsibilities:
1) Be certain to look at treatment records so that milk from treated cows is not put into the bulk tank. Since all milk will be sampled for various drug residues at each pick-up, it is the technician's responsibility to guarantee that milk shipped meets the current State Public Milk Ordinance.
2) Note cows that may have mastitis or other problems and perform possible treatment.
3) Clean the milking area and bulk tank room.
4) Operate all milking equipment as recommended by factory specifications.
5) After milking, be sure all machinery and sanitation procedures are followed according to manufacturer's specification and Grade A Standards of the Public Milk Ordinance.

Academic Responsibilities: These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
1) Respond to student inquiries.
2) Conduct all activities in a professional manner to best represent NTC and the dairy industry.

General Office Work and Procurement
1) Record keeping (herd health, production, reproduction, and inventories).
2) Monthly inventories.
3) Order supplies, repair parts, feed.
4) Discuss needs and problems with sales and service representatives.


1) Five years working or managing a dairy cow farm
2) Good communication skills
3) Strong work ethic
4) Dairy animal care experience
5) Must have a valid Wisconsin driver's license and pass NTC's motor vehicle background check.

1. Degree in agriculture focusing on dairy production
2. Knowledge of Robotic milking
3. Experience with cow management techniques
4. Agriculture equipment mechanical experience
5. Experience using GPS and GIS technology

The duties and responsibilities listed are intended to describe the essential functions of persons assigned to this job. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements.

Physical Demands

Working Activity:
6 to 8 hours: Standing
4 to 5 hours: Bending, grasping, performing repetitive movements and pulling
1 to 3 hours: Balancing, climbing, driving, kneeling, pushing, reaching, sitting, twisting, walking, working indoors and working outdoors
Less than 1 hour: Crawling, working at heights and working in temperature extremes

Lifting and Carrying:
Less than 10 pounds: 10-15 repetitions per hour
10 to 20 pounds: 10-15 repetitions per hour
20-50 pounds: 10-15 repetitions per hour
50-100 pounds: 1-10 repetition(s) per hour
More than 100 pounds with help: Less than 1 repetition per hour

Additional Physical Requirements:
Vision: Adequate with aid to read instructions, labels, documents, computer screens and differentiate between colors.

Hearing: Adequate with aid to understand oral requests, telephone conversation, and PA systems.

Required Employee Program Safety Training:
AED/CPR, bloodborne pathogen, chemical hygiene, emergency eye wash, emergency procedures, ergonomics (office/workplace), fall protection, fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler system, gas cylinder safety, hearing conservation, personal protective equipment, slips, trips and falls, vehicle safety and welding, cutting and brazing




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Posted: 7/17/2018
Application Due: 10/31/2018
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