Beef Cattle Care and Handling Specialist

Overall Responsibilities:

This position supports the elite beef genetics program and initiatives by providing exceptional care and handling to ABS cattle and assisting in the implementation of pre-planned management practices.  Primary responsibilities will include: observation of cattle for signs of disease or distress; low-stress handling of cattle to administer vaccines, treatments, and estrus synchronization per established SOPs; seasonal support of successful calving of elite beef nucleus calves. The position will be based at the donor and bull performance testing facility in Pardeeville, WI.  

Specific accountabilities:

  • Care and safe handling of all recipient cows and elite beef genetic cattle, to include:
    • Daily observation of animals for health and welfare concerns
    • Low-stress handling of cattle necessary to administer necessary treatments per established SOP
    • Provide cattle handling to support scheduled reproductive management work, administration of preventative herd health protocols, and data collection activities.
    • Seasonal support of successful calving, including: observation and handling of cows and newborn calves to ensure colostrum intake, calving data collection, and proper identification and vaccination of newborn calves.  
  • Record keeping for any-and-all animal treatments and movements utilizing the designated electronic platform
  • To ensure high standards of livestock health and hygiene are maintained for all ABS cattle, all team members are expected to perform the following duties:
  • Daily observation of cattle
  • Occasional feeding, bedding, facility hygiene and manure removal as needed to support farm staff
  • Low stress handing of, and a proper attitude toward animals at all times
  • Proper administration of all health and welfare related SOP
    • Maintain defined welfare, biosecurity, and hygiene practices for all ABS cattle on site.

Qualifications and experience:

  • 5 years or more of beef cattle experience gained through industry and/or farming experience
  • Clear understanding of normal appearance and condition of healthy cattle, and ability to recognize cattle in distress or displaying signs of disease
  • Preferred candidates will have a proven track record of cattle husbandry
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Capabilities and behaviors:

  • Lives and displays the Genus ABS Values and behaviors at all times in their day to day ways of working.
  • Maintain professional verbal and written communications with co-workers, internal and external customers, and vendors at all times.
  • Be flexible with respect to job responsibilities and consistently strive to be an effective team member.
  • Strive to advance your skills and display a willingness to accept future development.
  • Actively participate in Company training opportunities to further develop skills applicable to the department.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the Company’s business and the department’s role within the company.
  • Ensure the image and service orientation of the department and ABS remains professional at all times. 
  • Display willingness to perform non-routine tasks as needed to ensure overall productivity is high.

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