JOB TITLE: Bunk Reader
REPORTS TO: Feed Department Manager
FLSA STATUS: Hourly, Ag-Exempt
FUNCTION: Contributes to positive cattle performance by observing eating patterns, assigning feed distributions, and feeding livestock. Performs the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
• Monitors cattle intake and assigns subsequent distribution of feed by familiarizing self with cattle eating patterns according to gender, days on feed, weather and breed; maximizes feed intake of cattle by following guidelines issued by consulting nutritionist. • Ensures accurate feed delivery by monitoring feed bunks and assessing cleanliness, feed distribution, quantity, type and timeliness of delivery. • Ensures that newly received cattle are fed in a timely manner by coordinating feeding with cattle department. • Maintains cattle feeding records by compiling, entering, and analyzing information. • Fills in when a driver is absent or as necessary by operating a feed truck, hay machine or tractor. • Issues special feeding or bunk sweeping instructions during inclement weather. • Sets a positive example for employees by modeling safe work practices and following safety rules and policies. Communicates critical safety information to employees by conducting regular safety training; monitors workplace for unsafe/noncompliant behavior.
QUALIFICATIONS: • Undergraduate degree; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software and Database software. • Valid driver's license. • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
COMPETENCY: Expected to coordinate projects, participate in meetings, understand business implications of decisions, develop and implement cost saving measures, conserve organizational resources, demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy, adapts to changes in the work environment, exhibit sound and accurate judgment, observe safety and security procedures, and report potentially unsafe conditions .
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Frequently to Occasionally the employee is required to push/pull, reach, bend, run, sit, stand, jump, climb, squat, kneel, lift, carry, twist, grasp/squeeze. Working with or near cattle, horses, vehicles and equipment in all weather conditions.