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Commercial Sow Farm Manager

About this Job:

Waukon Feed Ranch is looking for an organized, knowledgeable and ‘go-getter’ to join our sow farm division.  We manage sow farms for other integrators and currently oversee 25,000 sows and are growing in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin!

Position Function:  Lead a team in the daily work of caring for sows and piglets, assuring optimum production within the sow farm.  Responsible for all aspects of animal care, facility maintenance and team management.


  • Ensure livestock is being cared for daily
  • Onboard, train, build and lead team members to carry out successfully daily tasks
  • Compile with WFR’s Standard Operating Procedures
  • Assist in controlling costs associated with feed, supplies and labor
  • Set long and short term targets and goals with management team
  • Maintain accurate records and complete all necessary audits and reporting in a timely manner
  • Ensure team members are working safely
  • Compile with all biosecurity practices
  • Ensure livestock welfare
  • Daily focus is on the welfare of the livestock, not personal issues
  • Maintains safety practices and hold monthly safety trainings

Leadership Qualities:

  • Provide unified leadership with sow farm management team
  • Be effective in conflict resolution by addressing quickly
  • Motivate others to accomplish goals and tasks
  • Coach, trainer and listener
  • Provide constructive and motivating feedback on team member’s performance and communicate with sow farm management team regarding feedback

Experience: 3+ years in swine management experience AND minimum 2 years’ people management experience OR combination of the above. This position works closely with other managers, supervisors, production staff and other company employees. Teamwork and effective communication skills are very important, along with the ability to onboard new employees and maintain training with all sow farm employees. Must be a self-starter and able to schedule daily work and supervise people. Must have initiative, organizational skills and dependable.

Bilingual: Preferred

• Processes problem solving techniques and skills
• Knowledge of overall business strategy and operations of the sow farm
• Computer skills with proficiency in spreadsheets, database and word processing
• Demonstrates strong verbal and written skills

• Ability to excel with a fast-tracked work environment
• Ability to work with limited supervision
• Ability to sit, stand, bend, kneel, walk, climb over gates for extended periods of time & lift 50 lbs. plus

3 years
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