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Team Lead – Breed to Wean

About this Job:

The Maschhoffs, the largest family-owned hog production network in North America, is currently hiring a full time Team Lead to work in a breed-to-wean farm near North Vernon, IN.

Job Title:  Team Lead
Reports To:  Farm Manager

Job Overview: The primary responsibility of the nucleus team lead is to oversee the welfare, care and day-to-day management of their animals in their department. The Team Lead will execute all genetic protocols/work instructions and record all necessary data according to the protocols and will submit the data to the proper people on a timely basis. They will insure good production through the implementation of standard operating procedures, maintenance of careful and accurate records, employee development, promotion of the well being of animals in their care, and good environmental stewardship.

Job Duties & Accountabilities

Typical Duties of a Team Lead, include:

  • Having the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform as a manager by committing to being the best team member, leader and individual that they can be.
  • Promote the development of all team members’ production through open and honest informal daily feedback, goal setting and daily organization of their activities.
  • Promote safe work habits, maintain a safe working environment and document all work related injuries.
  • Assist in the development of staff and provide input and suggestions to insure the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP), such as, but not limited to:
    • Genetics
    • Feeding Strategies
    • Monitoring and maintaining proper temperature and ventilation rates
    • Animal movements and animal care
    • Use of pharmaceutical (medication) and biological products (vaccines)
  • Perform timely duties and comply with practices that promote the health of the animals under their care (commonly referred to as bio-security practices) which include but are not limited to:
    • Remaining away from pigs not owned by companies managed by TML.
    • Assuring that all staff under their management fully understand the bio-security protocols.
    • Changing footwear and clothing as required.
    • Rodent baiting on the inside and outside of the buildings, keep and maintain adequate rodent baiting records on a weekly and monthly basis.
    • Remove dead animals according to standardized protocol.
    • Report violations of these practices to their supervisor.
  • Organize the daily production and genetic activities of their departments including:
    • Organization of team members’ time including regular discussions with team members on long term planning, goal setting and prioritization of activities
    • Implementation and review of genetic and production standard operating procedures/work instructions on a quarterly basis.
    • Communicating with the site manager on needed feed and supplies.
    • Daily care that promotes well being and increased productivity of all animals under their care.
    • Monitoring the health of all animals. Communicate all animal well being concerns to site manager.
    • Make sure proper vaccinations, medications, and injections are given as needed to promote animal well being and increased production.
    • Follow the work instruction for care of developing gilts and use of synchronizing products.
  • Keep and maintain accurate genetic and production records to assist in the development of the team, themselves and the improvement of the system. In addition, maintain an accurate record of the number of animals under their management that can be submitted for auditing and accounting purposes when requested.
    • Follow the 8 critical control points for genetic production
    • Follow the guidelines presented in the NUCLEUS RECORD KEEPING, GENETIC TARGET, SIRE SELECTION and GENETIC IMPROVEMENT work instructions.
    • Maintain animal ID at all times
    • Record and turn in monthly inventories according to the “Genetic Records” work instruction
    • Use proper forms to record data collected for genetic purposes.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs on buildings and equipment, as well as, housekeeping responsibilities of the barn.
  • Implement best management practices for environmental stewardship including:
    • Proper regulation of manure storage facility (pit) levels
    • Flushing time and recharge of manure handling systems within the barns


High School diploma or GED


1 year experience supervising in the swine industry

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1) Knowledge of:

Agriculture industry preferred
Company policies and procedures
Standard Operating Procedures of the system (thorough understanding)
Proper pig terminology and livestock handling (advanced)
MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) and basic understanding of computers is preferred

2) Skill in:

Excellent oral and written communication skills
Organizational and Leadership skills

3) Ability to:

Work independently, as well as being a team player
Effectively monitor and develop/train subordinates to insure smooth operation of the farm
Maintain confidentiality
Desire to learn new skills
Use production records to facilitate improvements
Clear written and verbal communication skills

How to apply:

Please apply ONLINE ONLY by clicking HERE. You will be redirected to The Maschhoffs job search page. Please search for Requisition Number: 59361