Swine Nursery Worker
A swine nursery farm worker oversees the health of newly weaned piglets to ensure optimal growth at an early age in the pig’s life.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Maintain barn temperature and ventilation equipment and controls to provide the right amount of heat and fresh air for best environment to promote growth
- Prepare feed formulations to meet the changing nutritional needs of young pigs
- Preform pen management, culling, sorting, and safety procedures
- Report potential or existing problems to Production Supervisor/Assistant Production Supervisor
- Ensure proper usage of medication following the drug residue avoidance/broken needle policies, along with keeping accurate records of data
- Unloading/sorting of wean pigs according to weekly schedules
- Some maintenance work is required, along with troubleshooting problems with equipment and filling out work orders
- Responsible for accurate and timely record keeping of nursery activities
- Perform euthanasia according to company policy, and in a timely manner
What education and training is required?
Although it is not required associates or bachelor’s degrees in animal science or animal husbandry would be very helpful.
To pursue a career as a Swine-Nursery Farm worker:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, biology, mathematics and chemistry.
Where can I work?
Swine – Nursery Farm workers is employed by swine production farms who house and produce swine for processing.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a swine farm worker will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- National Pork Producer’s Council
- Sate pork association
- National FFA Alumni Association