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Herdskeeper Duties

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This is skilled management work of a general and specialized nature in caring for institutional herds of cattle or swine.

Work involves the general care of the herds including breeding, feeding, and year-round management. An employee in this class must show proficiency in ability to plan and execute a good herd health program and in caring for special experimental animals. Supervision is exercised over other 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.


Assumes responsibility for supervising breeding program including proficiency in artificial insemination techniques.

Performs routine and complicated veterinary practices such as pregnancy testing by palpation, taking blood samples, delivering newborn, and giving drugs intravenously.

Maintains detailed records of herd including feeding, weights, health, and other pertinent data for experimental animals.

Supervises workers engaged in all facets of managing and feeding livestock.

Supervises milking of cows, farrowing of sows, and calving of cows.

Assumes responsibility for cleaning and sanitizing buildings and equipment, such as milking parlors and related equipment, farrowing houses, and equipment used in treating animals.

Maintains and repairs buildings and equipment.

Performs related work as required.

Completion of high school or vocational school supplemented by specialized courses in cattle and swine care including breeding, delivery of newborns, and administering drugs intravenously; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of cattle and hog disease, their symptoms, remedies, and treatment.

Considerable knowledge of procedures involved in caring for individual and particular animals such as fistulated steers, early weaned pigs, and animals on special studies.

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.

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 maintain detailed records and prepare reports.

Ability to work long hours outdoors under varied climatic conditions to accomplish the job caring for animals.



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