University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 225267

Position Summary:
The individual filling this position will be the lead worker responsible for managing the day to day feeding operation, the sand reclamation building system and equipment, feed inventory and storage, employee training and safety guidelines on large equipment, as well as assisting with other farm maintenance. The incumbent must work independently to blend and deliver cow rations with strict attention to detail and weight measurements. This individual will also be responsible for maintaining the day to day operation of the sand reclamation system to ensure high quality recycled bedding material is available for use, as well as ensuring that all safety guidelines of manure handling and large equipment are being met. The incumbent must be skilled at following oral and written instructions as directed by management and research protocols. The individual functioning in this position must be a good communicator to other lead workers, management, farm center staff, and veterinary staff on their impressions of overall facility operation. This position may require flexible hours, and will require weekend, holiday, and emergency on-call assignments.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Principal duties:
Accurately prepare, mix, and deliver cow rations independently with minimal supervision (40%).
-Properly prepare and deliver feed rations to 600 milking and dry cows with limited supervision.
-Strictly follow provided rations and ensure inclusion rates of feed ingredients are as indicated.
-Safely operate a 110 HP tractor, skid loader, and payloader to load a mixer wagon with feed ingredients.
-Accurately weigh small amounts of feed ingredients for inclusion in research rations.
-Remove and record feed refusal from all pens daily and ensure all animals are being fed ample amounts of feed.
-Collect feed, TMR, and orts samples as requested by researchers or management.
-Monitor feed quality and animal intakes. Report any deviations from normal to management, and make adjustments as needed to ensure animals are being fed based on management's or research guidelines for percent refusal.
-Observe animals during the feeding process and report animals that do not rise to eat or that appear to not be well to other lead workers and/or management to ensure animal health care is provided.
-Train any employee as designated by management on the above tasks, ensuring all training includes animal and employee safety guidelines are met.

Operate, maintain, and manage the sand reclamation system building on a daily basis to recover high quality sand bedding (30%).
-Using skid loader move reclaimed sand from sand shaker drop spot. Move and restack sand according to building SOP to ensure sand quality is maintained.
-Stack sand in an organized fashion to keep from contaminating cleaner bedding materials.
-Communicate with management and/or farm crew when sand is ready to be removed from the building and placed back into the barns.
-Notify management of any deviations in sand quality or cleanliness.
-Properly clean and maintain slope screen throughout the day to ensure proper function of equipment.
-Maintain cleanliness of the sand separation building and manageme the routine maintenance calendars and scheduling of the building and all sand recycling equipment.
-When able, complete minor repairs on equipment to ensure normal continued function, and work with commercial companies to ensure routine work is completed per their recommendation.
-Work with management, ARS, and UHS to ensure all safety guidelines for manure storage areas are being followed, any problems are being reported properly, and errors being fixed as soon as possible.
-Train new employees as designated by management on the above tasks ensuring that employees can complete the tasks following the rigorous safety guidelines.

Manage feed inventories, forage harvest, forage qualities, feed storage and concentrate availabilities (20%).
-Routinely track feed inventory and communicate with management and the nutritionist when feed supply is low so that a plan can be made in advance for a change in feed ingredients.
-Monitor forage quality, remove moldly, expired or unusable feeds from feeding locations to ensure animals are always fed high quality ingredients which maintain animal health status.
-Communicate with management when a deviation in feed quality happens so that a plan can be made on how to proceed and notations can be made for animal health and research protocol variations.
-Assist management in tracking forage harvesting procedures being done by farm crew and/or custom harvestors to ensure high quality feed is being put into storage, and proper covering is being applied in a timely manner.
-Ensure routine monitoring of feed storage is taking place, silage bags are being repaired immediately if a hole occurs, covers are being replaced if removed by inclement weather, and inform management of any deficiencies in feed storage locations.
-Communicate routinely with the feed mill to ensure concentrates are being ordered in advance and that mixes are being made available to all feeding staff. Work with the feed mill to organize research diet locations to meet operational needs while ensuring research protocols are being followed and proper diets are being fed to the intended animals.

General cattle care duties (10%).
-Load, transport, and store hay, feed, equipment, and bedding material.
-Assist with cleaning and maintaining animal areas, scraping alleyways free of manure and debris, and remove and replace sand bedding when needed.
-Perform routine maintenance and repair of facilities, equipment, alley scrapers, and fences.
-Report equipment requiring maintenance to supervisor, and assist management with scheduling of routine repairs when able.
-Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

1. Advanced feeding, cleaning, and management needs of dairy cattle
2. Advanced knowledge and abilities to use and maintain large equipment, tractors, skid-steers, and machinery
3. Regulations related to the sanitation procedures required in production of milk for human consumption
4. Nutrient requirements of dairy cattle
5. Different forage types and cereal grain types and relative quality of each
6. Interpretation of written and oral instructions pertaining to research and management protocol
7. Make accurate experimental sampling and measurements
8. Use of weighing and measuring devices and to make legible, accurate recordings of data
9. Recognize and interpret daily variations in feed intake, milk yield, and body weights
10. Make minor repairs and adjustments on equipment
11. Familiarity with and ability to recognize the difference between normal and abnormal appearances and behavior of dairy cattle
12. Cattle handling and restraining techniques
13. Normal and abnormal parturition in cattle and the proper type and techniques of assistance to use and when to use it
14. Basic milking machine functions
15. Observing and recognizing abnormal and mastitic milk
16. Safe operation and basic function of equipment, such as: Automatic alley scrapers, manure pit, barn cleaner, manure auger, feed auger, feed storage bins, belt system conveyor, Harvestore oxygen deficient silos, Cement starve silos (fermentation type), TMR ration mixer (motorized), feed carts (manual), elevators (feed and bale), silo unloaders, skidster loaders, barn exhaust fans, electric fences, electric cow trainers, cow clippers and vacuum, electric and air sprayers, electric water fountains. Note: This list is not inclusive of all equipment/operations with which individual may be involved.
17. Must have calm and patient demeanor to deal with animals and training of fellow employees with little or no experience

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