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Gilt Developer Unit Lead

About this Job:

Objective: The “GDU Lead” owns every detail that affects the gilt from the day she walks off the trailer into quarantine until the day a catheter is inserted.


  1. Overall management of GDU including but not limited to:
    1. Maximize Feed Intake
      1. Feeder management — daily adjustments
      2. Feed ration management
  • Water — flow and availability
  1. Minimize stress events
  1. Ventilation Management
    1. Controller knowledge
    2. Air — flow, speed, and exchange
  • Set temp vs. actual
  1. Environment assessment – laying patterns, humidity, cleanliness
  1. Health Management
    1. Medication/vaccination schedule
    2. Treatment identification
  • Threshold communication
  1. Overall Flow Management
    1. Nursery management
      1. Incoming preparation
      2. Intensive monitoring
    2. Stocking density/square footage
  • Replacement rate, selection rate and timing
  1. Weekly targets — mortality, removals, HNS
  1. Inventory and Record Keeping
    1. Gilt Entry Protocol — ear tagging and recording within 7 days of arrival
    2. Daily movements into gestation barn, HNS events, mortality and culls
  • Weekly inventory tracking
  1. GDU Snapshot
    1. Boar exposure management
    2. Heat detection
  2. HNS row management.
  3. Understanding breed eligible targets.



  1. Depending on layout/size of farm — may cross over time/labor in gestation barn or other areas of the farm.

Training: Safety Orientation Video

How to apply:

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For questions please call 507-825-2532 or 866-918-7378.

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