- Full Time:
- Number of Workers Requested:
- Job Duties:
- Must have 3 months experience birthing livestock with flocks of 600 head or larger. Working experience with 800-1000 head is preferred. Drivers license is preferred. One reference required.
Must be able to perform the following seasonal duties at the direction of the employer:
Move pregnant ewes to birthing fields and pastures. Identify and sort heavy pregnant ewes from late pregnant ewes and separate groups accordingly, with the help of the supervisor. Be able to Identify animals for signs/symptoms of potential labor complications associated with the pregnancy and delivery process. Assist appropriately with difficult births to include, but not limited to, constraining animals as necessary and assisting in lamb delivery, grafting orphans or multiples to ensure optimal nutrition and survival rates. Examine and identify animals for signs of illness particularly related to gestation/delivery and administer vaccines, medications, nutritive supplements according to instructions. Help with unloading of mothers and babies and ensure lambs are with correct ewe and nursing effectively. Assist newborns with suckling the mother ewe or grafting onto a new ewe. Maintain clean lambing pens, feed and water livestock during the lambing period. May assist in tagging, vaccinating, worming and castration and docking of livestock. Ability to move family groups into field and watch for signs of lambs losing their mothers and assist with their relocation to reunite with the mother ewe. Able to identify health issues including but not limited to malnutrition of ewes, fever, pneumonia, foot rot, prolapse and mastitis. Ability to safely and humanely catch ewes and lambs with a hook.
Ability to Incidentally construct, deconstruct and maintain temporary and mobile fencing systems to allow for the efficient and effective grazing of lambing ewes during the lambing season, to ensure ample, sufficient and proper pasture nutrition for the sheep is always provided, thereby constantly achieving the highest animal welfare standard possible. Animal welfare is our highest priority and main objective - constructing, deconstructing and maintaining fencing systems for the sheep is paramount to achieving that objective. Provides water to animals, including mild maintenance of water systems. Assists with branding, castrating, docking, shearing/tagging. Manages livestock on the range to reduce overcrowding and to increase maternal/offspring bonding. Protects vulnerable livestock from predators by managing and feeding LGD (Livestock Guardian Dogs). Protects sheep from eating noxious vegetation.
Occasionally, driver will pick up mothers and babies from one lambing location and safely deliver another for mothering up period. May need to haul and disburse water and/or supplemental feed with truck and trailer. Will include minor maintenance of water troughs and water lines. Assist with loading and unloading of livestock in trailers. May assist in moving livestock from one location to another with truck and trailer or moving herder trailer to new location.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals