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This is responsible professional and managerial work in planning, directing, and coordinating the overall activities of an Agricultural Experiment Station or large institutional farm.

Work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the administrative and managerial functions of a research farm with major subdivisions such as dairy crops or beef cattle and supervising and participating in experimental farm programs and projects requiring the implementation of complex research procedures. Work is performed under general direction of a station superintendent and/or academic superior. Work is reviewed principally through the observation of results and periodic conferences.


Plans, organizes, and manages the operation of a large farm with several major subdivisions such as dairy crops or cattle.

Plans and directs the management program of a large beef or dairy herd.

Supervises the maintenance of farm facilities, machinery, and equipment.

Prepares budget estimates and recommendations for personnel, equipment, and operating supplies.

Plans a wide variety of research programs, experimental projects, and tests with research scientists.

Sets up and adapts research facilities, methods, and procedures.

Plans breeding programs and assists in calving difficulties.

Selects, trains, and supervises farm and herd personnel.

Supervises dairy operations; grows, harvests, and stores forage and grain crops; maintains an appropriate system of pasture management.

Maintains breeding, feeding, registration, herd health, and milk production records.

Handles transfers, cattle sales, and exhibits.

Maintains appropriate health and sanitary standards in milking operations.

Purchases farm supplies and equipment.

Collects samples and records various kinds of research data; prepares research and project reports.

Supervises artificial insemination of cattle; schedules preventive treatments, and maintains normal herd health standards.

Formulates feed rations.

Prepares periodic reports and maintains appropriate files and records.

Performs related work as required.

Completion of college level course work from an accredited college or university equivalent to a master's degree with major course work in animal science or animal husbandry, and considerable experience in farm management; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of beef and dairy cattle management and operations.

Thorough knowledge of plant and cattle diseases and of the methods of prevention and cure.

Considerable knowledge of modern agricultural methods and experimental farming practices.

Considerable knowledge of animal science research methods, techniques, and procedures.

Considerable knowledge of farm equipment, materials, and maintenance techniques.

Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate personnel.

Ability to maintain appropriate records and to prepare reports.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with research scientists, administrative personnel, andfellow employees.



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