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Herdskeeper Duties

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This is skilled farming work of a specialized character in the operation of a large institutional cattle or swine activity.

An employee in this class is responsible for the breeding, feeding, and general care of herds of dairy or beef cattle or hogs on an institutional farm. Work involves responsibility for the development of practices that will improve the management and care of the cattle or hog herd. Supervision is exercised over a small number of employees engaged in livestock work. General policies are outlined by a superior, but work methods and procedures are conducted independently. Work is supervised through conferences, inspections, and review of operating reports.


Supervises and carries out a breeding program; assists animals during parturition.

Supervises workers engaged in the feeding and movement of livestock to grazing pastures.

Supervises and assists with the milking of dairy cattle by operation of milking machines.

Develops improved practices in the care and management of cattle and swine herds.

Performs simple veterinary care and assists veterinarian as needed.

Maintains records of feeding, health, and weight of animals.

Maintains and repairs buildings and equipment and supervises the cleaning of housing facilities.

Performs related work as required.

Completion of the eighth school grade and considerable experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of modern cattle and hog herd practices including the maintenance of equipment and of the feeding, breeding, and general care necessary to produce healthy hogs and cattle.

Considerable knowledge of common cattle and hog diseases, their symptoms, and remedies.

Ability to plan and manage a large cattle and swine operation.

Ability to supervise the work of livestock workers.

Ability to develop practices that will improve the care and management of cattle and swine herds.

Ability to work long hours outdoors at hard manual labor under varied climatic conditions.



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