Position Title:Farm Manager
Reports To:Department Head, Agricultural Sciences
Purpose of Position
Responsible for managing the operating budget, livestock herds, land and pastures, buildings, fences, equipment and personnel associated with the animal science component of the University Farm. The Farm Manager will take guidance from the Equine Director regarding actions that apply to the horse herd. In parallel with Farm operation duties, the Manager needs to accommodate and assist with the teaching, services and research programs of Departmental faculty.
- Teach one class per semester, typically this will be Livestock Management Techniques, AnS 317.
- Maintains financial and livestock records, such as sales of cattle, horse, sheep, and goats and other records. Prepares all sales reports.
- Maintains herd records including pedigrees, production records, and registrations.
- Directs or performs the examination of all farm animals and remains alert to act on any disease or other problems.
- Directs the management of livestock including beef cattle, goats and swine. Management includes feeding, nutrition program, vaccinating, medicating, breeding, etc. Injects vaccine and administers medications.
- Directs pasture maintenance and hay production.
- Artificially inseminates or directs the artificial insemination of beef cattle and all swine. Analyzes, pedigrees, sire data, and progeny reports of dairy sires, beef sires, and breeding boars to use in mating decisions. Maintains records of cows bred and bulls used. Maintains records of sows bred and boars used. Maintains records of goats bred and bucks used. Maintains records of horses bred and stallions used.
- Directs and perform when necessary the operation, repair, and maintenance of farm implements and mechanical equipment, such as tractors, hay cutters, hay balers, plows, etc. Directs building and maintenance of fences. May include repairing and lubricating equipment and machinery. Ensures clean equipment ready for use.
- Makes record of animal registration with respective breed associations.
- Works with organizations to arrange special events on the university farm, such as FFA, CDE, Beef Cattle Show Team, public school tours, etc.
- Selects animals for purchases. Selects livestock to be sold. Prepares horse records and coordinates sales with Equine Director.
- Attends auctions. Buys and sell cattle, horses, sheep and swine.
- Selects and recommends purchases of new equipment such as tractors, hay balers, hay mowers, etc.
- Approves the purchase of all supplies needed in the management of the Farm.
- Interfaces with professors, assisting them with their instructional needs. Responsible for the set up of resources for Animal Science labs and EqSc and FdSc labs when necessary. Manages farm resources in conjunction with department head and faculty.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires a Master of Science in an agricultural discipline with 18 graduate credit hours in Animal Science. Experience in agriculture and specifically with livestock production, hay production techniques and operations, hay production and livestock sales. Experience operating, maintaining and repairing equipment, especially hay cutter. A strong understanding of livestock nutrition and herd improvement. Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English and working with a computer. Preferred qualification includes teaching experience beyond the graduate assistant level. Experience with artificial insemination (AI) or embryo transfer (ET). Knowledge of animal science research methods and procedures.
Supervision of Personnel
Farm Supervisor, Farm Laborer, and student workers.