University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 237605

Position Summary:
This position is involved in all aspects of research dairy operations, including but not limited to, milking, feeding, cleaning, handling, and animal health observations at the facility. This position must function with close, progressing to limited supervision. The incumbent in this position must work with limited supervision to collect, process, and composite milk samples according to established standard operating procedures.

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:
At the Entry level, the job duties include:
Milk dairy cattle assigned to research projects and in the general herd. (40%)
-Operate and maintain milking equipment in milking parlor equipped with automatic I.D. and automatic takeoffs.
-Prepare cows for milking by thoroughly wiping udder and checking milk for abnormalities.
-Attach and adjust milking units to the udder to provide animal comfort.
-Monitor automatic take off units where installed to assure that all quarters are milked out. Dip teats in approved teat dip. Let automatic take off units do the milking except in cases where good judgment suggests cow is not milked out properly.
-Treat cows with mastitis, cuts or abrasions as directed by herd manager and/or veterinarian.
-Obtain milk samples for biochemical and bacteriological analysis as requested.
-Maintain required milk production and health records.
-Dispose of milk from cows with mastitis or which have been treated with antibiotics, experimental additives, etc. as directed.
-Clean and sanitize milk contact surfaces and facilities including walls, windows, floor stalls, pens and pipe work.

Feed dairy cattle under general management and research protocol regimes. (5 %)
-Operate and maintain conveyor systems, wagons, and hand carts to deliver designated rations to animals.
-Feed designated amounts of specified rations to specific animals as specified by research protocols or management directives.
-Feed and administer experimental additives at specific times in the correct amounts according to experimental protocol.
-Remove refused feed daily and on a component basis as research protocols require. Weigh, sample, and record amounts on individual animal or group record forms.
-Collect grain, forage, and complete ration samples for analysis.
-Feed calves colostrum, milk, and other feeds according to the guidelines set forth by the herd manager.

Maintain cleanliness of dairy cattle and dairy facilities. (20%)
-Remove manure and wet bedding from animal areas.
-Operate manure handling systems.
-Adequately bed animals with proper bedding materials.
-Scrape and sweep or wash down all feed and cow traffic lanes.
-Perform cleaning and repairs to maintain cleanliness and appearance of the facility.
-Clip, groom, and help with foot trimming of cattle.

Observe and handle cattle. (30%)
-Direct the smooth and calm movement of cows to and from milking parlor.
-Assist weighing cattle and their movement and transport from one location to another.
-Restrain cattle for veterinarian diagnosis and treatment.
-Observe cattle for abnormalities and signs of estrous.
-Observe pregnant cattle for signs of the onset of parturition and provide assistance as needed.
-Reports animal requiring attention to supervisor.

General duties. (5%)
-Load, transport, and store hay, feed, equipment, and bedding material.
-Perform routine maintenance and repair of facilities, equipment and fences.
-Report equipment requiring maintenance to supervisor.
-Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

At the Objective level, the job duties include:
Milk dairy cattle assigned to research projects and in the general herd under limited supervision. (40%)
-Operate, maintain and trouble shoot milking equipment in milking parlor equipped with automatic I.D. and automatic takeoffs.
-Prepare cows for milking by thoroughly wiping udder and checking milk for abnormalities.
-Attach and adjust milking units to the udder to provide animal comfort.
-Monitor automatic take off units where installed to assure that all quarters are milked out. Dip teats in approved teat dip. Let automatic take off units do the milking except in cases where good judgment suggests cow is not milked out properly.
-Identify, diagnose and treat cows with mastitis, cuts or abrasions as directed by herd manager and/or veterinarian.
-Coordinate scheduling and collection of milk samples for biochemical and bacteriological analysis as requested.
-Maintain required milk production and health records.
-Dispose of milk from cows with mastitis or which have been treated with antibiotics, experimental additives, etc. as directed.
-Clean and sanitize milk contact surfaces and facilities including walls, windows, floor stalls, pens and pipe work.

Feed dairy cattle under general management and research protocol regimes. (5%)
-Operate and maintain conveyor systems, wagons, and hand carts to deliver designated rations to animals.
-Feed designated amounts of specified rations to specific animals as specified by research protocols or management directives.
-Feed and administer experimental additives at specific times in the correct amounts according to experimental protocol.
-Remove refused feed daily and on a component basis as research protocols require. Weigh, sample, and record amounts on individual animal or group record forms.
-Collect grain, forage, and complete ration samples for analysis.
-Feed calves colostrum, milk, and other feeds according to the guidelines set forth by the herd manager.

Identify cleanliness needs and initiate appropriate action necessary to maintain facilities. (20%)
-Remove manure and wet bedding from animal areas.
-Operate maintain and trouble shoot manure handling systems.
-Adequately bed animals with proper bedding materials and identify animal comfort concerns where appropriate.
-Scrape and sweep or wash down all feed and cow traffic lanes.
-Perform cleaning and repairs to maintain cleanliness and appearance of the facility.
-Clip, groom, and help with foot trimming of cattle.

Observe and handle cattle and understand university approved animal handling techniques. (30%)
-Direct the smooth and calm movement of cows to and from milking parlor.
-Assist weighing cattle and their movement and transport from one location to another.
-Restrain cattle for veterinarian diagnosis and treatment.
-Observe cattle for abnormalities health concerns and signs of estrous.
-Observe pregnant cattle for signs of the onset of parturition and provide assistance as needed.
-Reports animal care and handling concerns as well as animals requiring attention to supervisor.

General duties. (5%)
-Load, transport, and store hay, feed, equipment, and bedding material.
-Perform routine maintenance and repair of facilities, equipment and fences.
-Report equipment requiring maintenance to supervisor.
-Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
1. Operate and maintain conveyor systems, wagons, and hand carts to deliver designated rations to animals.
2. Thorough understanding of physiology of lactation
3. Understanding and sound knowledge of techniques and principles involved in both hand and machine milking
4. Understanding of regulations related to the sanitation procedures required in production of milk for human consumption.
5. Basic understanding of nutrient requirements of dairy cattle
6. Understanding of different forage types and cereal grain types and relative quality of each
7. Interpretation and ability to implement written and oral instructions pertaining to research and management protocol
8. Ability to make accurate experimental sampling and measurements
9. Use of weighing and measuring devices and to make legible, accurate recordings of data
10. Recognize and interpret daily variations in feed intake, milk yield, and body weights
11. Diagnose problem and make minor repairs and adjustments on equipment
12. Familiarity with and ability to recognize the difference between normal and abnormal appearances and behavior of dairy cattle
13. Cattle handling and restraining techniques
14. Thorough understanding of reproductive function and behavior of dairy cattle
15. Thorough understanding of normal and abnormal parturition in cattle and the proper type and techniques of assistance to use and when to use it
16. Understanding of milking machine functions
17. Able to observe, recognize and treat for abnormal and mastitic milk
18. 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.

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