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Breeding Manager

Date:  Apr 7, 2021

Benton, IL, US, 62812

Req ID:  34642
Job Function:  Live Production

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


  • Oversee and manage all areas of Breeding
  • Ensure that ALL animals across the breeding area have received proper feed, water, ventilation, and bedding on a daily basis, and 100% of all NR protocols and guidelines are followed
  • Assist with any other aspect of the farm as requested to ensure farm goals and targets are met and tasks are completed on a daily basis             


Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensure weekly breeding and farrowing targets are achieved
  • Work with the Farm Manager to determine seasonal breeding and farrowing targets
  • Synchronize gilts and sows to make weekly breeding target
  • Order and Manage quantity and quality of semen on the farm; including the use of the iSperm equipment
  • Ensure consistent, quality heat checking and matings occur on all sows and gilts
  • Accurate and daily reporting of all breeding records, ultrasounds, and animal movements
  • Manage sow vaccinations (pre-farrowing, pre-breeding)
  • Treat sick animals on a timely as needed basis, recording, and managing withdraw periods for all of gestation
  • Ultrasound at 28-day and 56-day post service, accurately recording and reporting
  • Ensure all animal pens and handling facilities are in good working order, and routinely cleaned
  • Maintain a clean and orderly appearance of the breeding area and breeding facilities
  • Make seasonally appropriate adjustments to breeding barn, hoop barns, and breeding radial such bedding, wallows and sprinklers.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of waters, feeders and fences
  • Return misplaced sows and boars to proper pen
  • Conserve farm resources such as supplies, equipment and time



Minimum Education

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
  • B.S. degree in Animal Science or related field, OR minimum of one-year experience in straw-bedded pork production system, OR minimum of two years’ experience in traditional pork production.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to lead by example and manage a team of 1-3 people
  • Ability to problem solve, be a critical thinker, goal oriented, and a team player

Experience Requirements

  • Develop daily and weekly work schedules of tasks needed to be completed
  • Coach, Train, and Develop team members on a daily basis
  • Assist with goal setting and conduct annual reviews of all direct reports - MyPearl
  • Protect health and safety of staff and ensure humane treatment of animals
  • Promote cooperation within and across departments through staff and equipment sharing
  • Anticipate and prevent problems rather than allowing them to develop and reacting to them
  • Notify and discuss openly with management any problems, questions or concerns
  • Organize, prioritize and manage time to maximize quality and efficiency of work  

Experience Preferred

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  • Work with Farm Manager on animal movement and placement to ensure proper animal handling goals are met and sows/gilts are penned appropriately
  • Assist in managing incoming gilts, non-productive days, culling procedures and load outs, farrowing and breeding communications, cleaning/bedding of pens, inventory management
  • Assist in managing Period Close, supply orders, production records, cost control, and inventory as directed
  • Any other duties as assigned, requested, or directed by management/supervisor

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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