The Sow Barn Manager must be a leader within the barn but also take a significant role in the day-to-day activities throughout the barn, including:
- Working with the management to implement and manage strict biosecurity programs, setting and achieving specific production goals.
- Monitoring pig champ records to achieve production goals.
- Following and implementing the group work plan for both farrowing and breeding/gestation areas.
- Dealing with employee concerns and relaying these to management.
- Implementing vaccination programs and ensuring vaccines are handled and administered properly.
- Ensuring that a worming program is followed through.
- Checking feed inventory and ordering as required.
- Ordering medication as needed by the farrowing and breeding supervisors.
- Implementing culling criteria.
- Monitoring replacement gilt health and condition.
- Identifying gilt replacement rate as needed. This will be determined by culling levels and also by production flows.
- Monitoring ventilation and heating throughout the whole barn.
- Managing, coordinating, and participating in barn washing.
- Ensuring proper handling and storage of semen.
- Implementing maintenance schedules.