Perdue Farms, Inc. Farm Technician in Benton, Illinois
Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.
Assist in maximizing the productivity of the breeding herd by making quality matings and meeting breeding targets
Assist in all aspects of farrowing to help meet weekly shipping targets of full-value pigs
Ensuring that ALL animals across the farm have received proper feed, water, ventilation, and bedding on a daily basis, and 100% of all NR protocol and guidelines are followed
Assisting with all other aspects of the farm to ensure farm goals are met and tasks are completed on a daily basis
Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Properly carry out the heat checking and breeding protocol
Assist in animal movement and placement to ensure proper animal handling goals are met and sows/gilts are penned appropriately
Make seasonally appropriate adjustments to ventilation, bedding, and sprinklers
Maintenance and cleaning of waters, feeders, and pens
Complete proper procedures for Day-One pig care, fostering
Assist with processing and vaccination of piglets in accordance with company procedures
Assist with the treatment/care of sows across the farms
Assist in cleaning/bedding of farrowing and gestation pens; and clean-out and disinfecting farrowing room after weaning
Keep, communicate, and report accurate records on a daily basis
Maintain correct temperature/ventilation settings, and that all associated equipment is in full working order
As requested, ensure maintenance of manure scraper chains, feeder lines, feeders, waterers, gates, curtains
Any other duties as assigned, requested, or directed by management/supervisor
Minimum of High School diploma
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Ability to problem solve, be a critical thinker, goal oriented, and a team player
Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements
Must be able to stand, walk, and work outside up to 10 hours a day.
Will be subject to ambient air temperatures throughout the working day and be exposed to sun, rain, wind, mud, snow, etc.
Will be exposed to dust, animal dander, odor, and noise.
Ability to properly and safely handle breeding stock weighing up to 700 pounds.
Work may include lifting (up to 50 lbs), reaching, bending, twisting, and kneeling.
Will be around and may be asked to operate four wheelers, skid steers, tractors, or other farm machinery.
Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company.
Normal working hours are 45-50 hours per week, at times more in order to get the job done.
Rotations are required for weekends and holidays.
Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.