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- True Date of Need 9/15 - 4/30 - Do to increased need NM Ranch requires additional labor during the Parturition/Production Season.
Open Range Parturition PRODUCTION
Parturition takes place on leased farm land (typically alfalfa, grass hay, and fallow farm fields). Worker will live in mobile housing near the animals during the entire production season.
Starting on or around September 15, The herder and ranch owners will begin preparing for the season. The herder will be responsible for rotating animals onto fresh feed using temporary electric fencing, watering animals (often pumping and hauling water), administer supplemental feed and minerals, observing for and treating any sick animals, feed and care for livestock guardian dogs, use his herding dog to manage movement of herd and monitor herd needs. This season is a critical phase in the production cycle of animals for production of animals for the next targeted grazing season and ranch income. Feeding and management are essential to the success of the season. In the last month of pregnancy the animals are moved from the low nutrition level rangelands to larger, leased ranches with a mix of rangeland and irrigated feed. The move to larger properties helps insure less stress on the animals from fewer trailer rides and making sure there is ample feed available. At this time the animals are still fed the supplemental loose protein as well as alfalfa hay. Extra nutrition is needed to support fetal growth, milk production, and to provide energy for the mothers before parturition. Worker will be responsible for moving animals with temporary electric fencing and monitoring closely during the last weeks of pregnancy to be sure animals are in good health before Parturition. Worker will ensure adequate feed supply, prepare necessary equipment, and repair as necessary. Parturition begins October 15. The worker must be able to demonstrate knowledge of animals and experience with animal nutrition and parturition along with the ability to monitor to determine readiness to give birth. Animals will need to be checked regularly during the 24-hour day, as animals can give birth around the clock. Knowledge of and ability to determine normal and abnormal parturition situations. Monitor closely to help prevent problems. Ability to determine when assistance is required. Monitor health/growth and nutrition of newborn. Predation must be monitored and mitigated with human presence and guardian dogs. On the day each animal is born the herder will: dock ewe lambs tails, give selenium supplementation injection, place ear tag, and record all of the information about each birth. He will also assess for poor mothering ability and indicate those animals with a mark. Some of these new pairs will need additional help with the bonding processes; temporary steel panel pens are used to contain some pairs and provide them additional
feed. For twin pairs, hobbles are placed and then removed after approximately 3 days. For triplets, one is pulled and bottle fed by the herder. When the group of lambs are 8, 12, and 16 weeks old they will be moved into working corrals by the herder with assistance and given 2 vaccinations, selenium injection, , and mothers are de-wormed as needed. On or about April 1st the lambs are weaned so that the mothers have time to dry up their milk and recover body condition before targeted grazing season. Worker may perform other farm or ranch chores related to the production and husbandry of livestock on an incidental basis. Must care for and control livestock guardian dogs as well as herding dogs. Employee must be willing to perform tasks capably and efficiently without close supervision, and live and work singly or in small groups of workers in isolated areas for extended periods of time. The job will entail operating a 4-wheeler and use herding dogs for movement of livestock, as well as for catching animals when there is a problem.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals