Breeding Manager / Multiplication Manager
Breeding or Multiplication Managers are responsible for all aspects of a company or organization’s breeding departments. In the swine industry, these professionals are known as Farrowing Managers.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Oversee the welfare, feeding, monitoring, record-keeping, care and day-to-day management of the animals in your department
- Oversee room set-up and initial inspections for mother animals
- Confirm that all animals have proper feed and water
- Monitor and assist mother animals during birth
- Monitor health of all animals
- Oversee C-sections as needed
- Manage proper euthanization to mother and baby animals
- Warrant that vaccinations of mother and baby animals are completed
- Manage weaning
- Oversee that nursery processes are completed and that wounds are treated (tail length, castration, tattooing, ruptures)
- Ensure proper ventilation to animals and assign heat lamp management
- Schedule and assign tasks to meet production goals
- Oversee general maintenance of facility including cleanliness, pest control, feed systems, power washing, etc.
- Complete daily checks on security and alarm systems, and respond to them
- Train and develop breeding staff
- Keep records and paperwork of breeding, births, weaning, illness and disease, accidents, supplies and euthanizations
- Maintain the highest level of animal health and welfare
What education and training is required?
A high school degree is required, but an associate’s degree in agribusiness or animal science would be preferred.
To pursue a career as a Breeding Manager:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, computer courses and mathematics.
Where can I work?
Breeding managers are typically employed by livestock companies or large farms.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a breeding manager will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Association of Swine Practitioners
- American Association of Bovine Practitioners
- Dairy Farmers of America