Dairy herdsperson

J&L Oostvogels Farms based in Antigonish, NS is inviting applications from suitable candidates for the position of Dairy herdsperson who are self-motivated and have good interpersonal skills. The candidate who got selected will be required to start work as soon as possible. The vacancies refer to Permanent employment or Full time job.

Employer Name: J&L Oostvogels Farms
Position: Dairy herdsperson
No. of vacancies: 1
Salary: $14.00 hourly for 40 hours per week
Employment type: Permanent employment, Full time
Location: Antigonish, NS

Job Description

  • The candidate should regularly monitor animal health.
  • The candidate should be able to perform general farm duties.
  • The candidate would be responsible for maintaining work records and logs.
  • The candidate should have knowledge and capability to operate farm machinery and equipment.
  • The candidate should be responsible for feeding the animals.
  • The candidate will be required to clean stables, barns, barnyards and pens.
  • The candidate would be responsible for operating milking equipment to milk cows
  • The candidate must ensure that all farming and milking equipment is properly maintained.
  • The candidate will be required to work in conjunction with large animal vets to provide herd health management, veterinary treatments, and routine vaccinations.
  • The candidate will be required to consult with animal nutritionists and livestock feed sales representatives to create feeding plans that yield maximum milk production levels.
  • The candidate will be required to identify sick animals and work with veterinarian to determine proper treatment.
  • The candidate will be required to assist in breeding programs including artificial inseminations and synchronization
  • The candidate will be required to clean milking parlor after each milking
  • The candidate must ensure milk quality and safety is not compromised by following standards
  • The candidate will be required to maintain high standards of animal welfare
  • The candidate will be required to take milk samples from tanks
  • The candidate will be required to clean tanks after milk is picked up by truck
  • The candidate will be required to review the pens, buildings and other areas to ensure the areas remain hygienic to reduce the risk of injury and disease to the cattle and other workers.
  • The candidate would be responsible for providing food and water to cattle and ensure that supplies remain well stocked so that the livestock never go hungry.
  • The candidate will be required to use tools to move feed, animals and other equipment to the appropriate areas on the farm in an efficient manner.
  • The candidate will be required to maintain trucks, tractors, milking equipment and other gear to ensure they remain in working order and reduce any repair costs.
  • The candidate will be required to carry out repair and maintenance work for farm machinery and equipment if and when required.
  • The candidate should ensure farm activities comply with government regulations.
  • The candidate should ensure uninterrupted water supply to the farm.
  • The candidate should be responsible for maintaining adequate stock for animal foods, medicines etc.
  • The candidate will be expected to stay current on new technologies and techniques, as well as to practise sustainable farming methods.

Job Requirements

  • The candidate should be fluent in English language.
  • The candidate should have minimum qualification of Secondary (high) school graduation certificate or equivalent experience
  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum 3 to 5 years of working experience in similar industry.
  • The candidate would be responsible for farm animal grooming.
  • The candidate would be in charge of keeping an inventory of the necessary feed ingredients.
  • Knowledge of farming best practices would be an added advantage.
  • The candidate should have good physical and healthy state to perform all tasks quickly, effectively, and efficiently.
  • The candidate should have good communication skill.
  • The candidate must have excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • The candidate should be punctual.
  • The candidate should be flexible.
  • The candidate should be accountable.
  • The candidate should be authentic.
  • The candidate should give importance to values and ethics.
  • The candidate should be a good team player with enough interpersonal and judge-mental skills.
  • The candidate should be familiar with pasture management and cattle feeding.
  • The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of animal welfare as well as excellent animal-handling abilities.
  • The candidate should be familiar with recognised milk standards and safe milk harvesting procedures.
  • The candidate must have strong analytical skills in order to effectively assess and resolve any issues with the herd or milk production.
  • The candidate must be self-motivated and capable of making decisions.
  • The candidate should be energetic with a positive attitude.
  • The candidate should have excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • The candidate should have strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • The candidate should be able to accept criticism while remaining calm and effective in high-stress situations.
  • The candidate should be bondable and easily communicate
  • The candidate should have a thorough Criminal record check.

Equipment and Machinery Experience

  • The candidate should be capable of operating a tractor, an automated milking system, and a feeding and watering system.

Work Site Environment

  • The candidate will be required to work in wet or damp, dusty,  hot and cold environments.
  • The candidate should be willing to work in an outdoor environment for long hours, including tolerance for pests and thorns.
  • The candidate will be required to work in an environment with a high concentration of odours.
  • The candidate should be prepared to work under dangerous work conditions.
  • The candidate should be able to work with full concentration even in noisy surroundings.

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities

  • The candidate should be able to work in fast-paced busy environment.
  • The candidate should be willing to work under pressure.
  • The candidate should be required to perform repetitive tasks on frequent basis.
  • The candidate should have an eye for details.
  • The candidate should be prepared for doing physically challenging tasks as part of daily work.
  • The candidate should be required to handling heavy loads as part of routine work.
  • The candidate should be willing to work in sitting, standing and walking position for long hours.
  • The candidate should be willing to work for long hours in bending, crouching and kneeling positions.
  • The candidate must finished the work with in the given time line.
  • The candidate should ready to work overtime if needed.

Specialized Livestock Workers Specific Skills

  • The candidate must be able to recognise and treat certain livestock health issues.
  • The candidate will be expected to create a feeding programme.
  • The candidate must carry out a pasture or pen breeding programme.
  • The candidate must be able to handle animals.
  • The candidate will be expected to keep livestock performance records.

Benefits

  • Under Health Benefits, the selected candidates would get Disability benefits

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, apply through the given options.

By email

[email protected]

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