Sow Farm Manager
Sow farm managers oversee all aspects of a sow farm, including the management of personnel, animals, infrastructure and equipment. Additionally, they meet with federal and state officials to establish priorities for sow production and coordinate research projects. A sow farm manager’s main roles include supervision and training of farm and grounds staff to ensure all maintenance, health, and safety and service standards are maintained and financial objectives are achieved.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Plan and direct all production phases on the farm and implement processes as required
- Implement action plans to meet farm-specific and company-set goals
- Actively communicate with the service manager and veterinarians to ensure herd health
- Be in compliance with all biosecurity protocols and ensure all employees and visitors are in compliance
- Maintain records and order feed, supplies and equipment for the farm, herd and employees
- Produce well-written production reports in a timely manner
- Provide daily leadership and direction to all farm staff
- Conduct team meetings to communicate the goals and direction of the farm and the company to employees
- Ensure up-to-date safety procedures and reinforce compliance of all policies and procedures
- Assist with the breeding of sows, gestation and farrowing of pigs
- Train new employees on feeding, handling and other duties and provide development opportunities for employees
- Maintain active communications with the production recruiter to inform of staffing needs
- Manage feed and medication inventory and supply
- Ensure cleanliness and sanitation of the site
- Keep thorough records of vaccinations, illness, medications, breeding, etc.
- Maintain a sufficient understanding of current sow markets and industry standards
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- business, mathematics
- animal science
An associate or bachelor’s degree in any livestock animal agriculture-related field is needed.