Herdsperson

Philipsen Farm Ltd based in Lacombe, AB is inviting applications from suitable candidates for the position of 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. The shift timings include Evening, Night, Weekend, Shift and Early Morning.

Employer Name: Philipsen Farm Ltd
Position: Herdsperson
No. of vacancies: 2
Salary: $16.58 to $25.00 hourly for 40 to 50 hours per week
Employment type: Permanent employment, Full time
Location: Lacombe, AB

Area of Specialization: Dairy cattle

Type of Farm Operations: Dairy, Other grain farming

Job Description

  • The candidate should regularly monitor animal health.
  • The candidate should be able to perform general farm duties.
  • The candidate will be responsible for maintaining work records and logs.
  • The candidate should have knowledge and capability to operate farm machinery and equipment.
  • The candidate will be responsible for feeding the animals.
  • The candidate will be required to clean stables, barns, barnyards and pens.
  • The candidate will 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 maintain high standards of animal welfare.
  • The candidate will 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 should ensure farm activities comply with government regulations.
  • The candidate should ensure that the farm has constant access to water.
  • The candidate will be responsible for maintaining adequate stock for animal foods, medicines etc.

Job Requirements

  • The candidate should be fluent in English language.
  • The candidate must have a minimum qualification of a College, CEGEP, or other non-university certificate or diploma from a 1 year to 2 year programme in Agriculture, General, or equivalent experience.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least 1 to 2 years of experience in a related industry.
  • The candidate should be a good team player with enough interpersonal and judge-mental skills.
  • The candidate should be organised and flexible in nature.
  • The candidate should be punctual.
  • The candidate should be accountable.
  • The candidate should be authentic.
  • The candidate should give importance to values and ethics.
  • 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 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 prepared to work under dangerous work conditions.
  • 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 able to work with full concentration even in noisy surroundings.
  • The candidate must be able to supervise three to four people.

Equipment and Machinery Experience

  • The ideal candidate will have prior experience with a tractor, storage and silage system, milking system (automated), feeding and watering system, and automated manure handling or storage system.

Security and Safety

  • The candidate should have clean driving record with no at-fault accidents or traffic citations.

Transportation/Travel Information

  • For transportation, the candidate should use their own vehicle.
  • The candidate should have valid driver’s licence.

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 handle 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.

Work Location Information

  • The candidate will be required to work in rural area.

Agricultural Service Contractors Specific Skills

  • The candidate will be expected to provide agricultural livestock services such as artificial insemination, livestock spraying or shearing, and disinfecting pens, barns, or poultry houses.

Farm Supervisors Specific Skills

  • The candidate will be responsible for maintaining work records and logs.
  • The candidate will be required to maintain quality control and production records
  • The candidate will be expected to supervise and oversee breeding and other livestock-related programmes.
  • The candidate will be required to develop work schedules and establish procedures.
  • The candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all employees follow health and safety regulations.
  • The candidate will be responsible for monitoring staff rosters, hours, and performance, as well as resolving any grievances.

Specialized Livestock Workers Specific Skills

  • The candidate must be able to recognise and treat certain livestock health issues.
  • The candidate will be expected to help with calving.
  • The candidate must be able to handle animals.
  • The candidate will be responsible for farm animal grooming.
  • The candidate will be in charge of keeping an inventory of the necessary feed ingredients.

Benefits

  • Under long term benefits, the selected candidate would get Group insurance benefits.

How to Apply

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

By email

[email protected]

Note

Please include the following while sending the application

  • Cover letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Highest level of education and name of institution where it was completed
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