Feeder Job Description Primary responsibilities (accounting for approximately 70 percent to 80 percent of daily work time) will be to perform the duties of feeding and caring for all livestock on the dairy facility. The proper care of dairy animals involves keeping the animal areas, lots and barns clean and free from manure and extraneous objects. The job is to be performed in an efficient manner to allow the production of a high-quality product and promote animal well-being and comfort. Examples of specific responsibilities are listed below. Feeding Responsibilities: 1. Check all animals on a timely basis (three to four times per day) to be certain they are receiving adequate feed. Be certain clean water is available at all times. 2. Feed cows and calves in a timely manner as outlined or directed by manager. 3. Be certain lots and barns are cleaned daily or as directed by the manager. 4. Routinely check freshening area and assist in birthing process as needed. 5. Check all lots at least five times per day (dry cow, heifer and calf areas) to be certain cattle are not understress due to weather conditions. 6. Maintain all equipment as prescribed by manufacturer's suggestions. Be certain all machinery is in working order. Notify manager immediately if any malfunctions occur. 7. Take any necessary feed or forage samples for nutrient testing as required by manager. 8. Be certain all pastures and fencing are maintained. Repair these items when needed. 9. Maintain all equipment and tools in an orderly manner so they are readily available to use by any employee if needed. 10. Treat sick animals and administer appropriate prescription drugs only when told by the manager. 11. Perform routine vaccinations under supervision of the manager. 12. Assist in any special projects or routine maintenance of farmstead in coordination with the manager.
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