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Breeding Manager / Multiplication Manager

 

Overview

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