Learn More About Careers in Sow and Piglet Care

Do you enjoy spending time caring for others? What about caring for baby animals? If so, then a job working with mother pigs, also known as sows, and baby pigs, also known as piglets, may be the perfect fit for you!

Team members who devote their time to sow and piglet care are truly an asset on the farm. Sow and piglet care members have a variety of daily hands-on responsibilities to ensure mother pigs and baby pigs are getting the individualized care they need to live a healthy, comfortable lifestyle.

With a job in sow and piglet care, team members will gain experience caring for mother pigs before and during pregnancy, and baby pigs during their first stages of life.

Ready to dive into a job in sow and piglet care? Check out the job opportunities below to find an opening in your area!

Ohio Pork Careers Sow and Piglet Care

Sow Farm Team Member
Dawson Farms, Inc.
Experience Level: Entry Level
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Delaware County
Full-Time
7402251574 | dawsonfarms19@gmail.com

Dawson Farms, Inc. is looking for a future employee to join our 3rd generation family hog and grain farm in Delaware, Ohio.  A future employee will get to work in a team environment caring for 1,400 sows and the 1,000 piglets born weekly on the farm.  This is a long-term position with opportunity to advance within the operation.

 

Requirements:

  • Reliable
  • Comfortable working with pigs
  • Strong work ethic
  • Passion for agriculture

Pluses:

  • Swine or livestock experience
  • Welding experience
  • Maintenance/electrical experience

Essential Job Functions:

  • Feeding and watering sows
  • Processing, treating and castrating pigs
  • Weaning pigs and sow movement
  • Vaccinate and oversee health of sows
  • Record and manage accurate breeding data
  • Power wash, clean, and sanitize farrowing rooms
  • Maintain equipment
  • Heat checking sows & gilts, and artificially inseminate successfully

Education and Related Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred, but not required
  • Evidence of analytical reasoning and mathematical skills to add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Agriculture (livestock/grain/feed) or manufacturing experience preferred

Must live within commuting distance of the facility.

Please email us at dawsonfarms19@gmail.com to apply or if you have questions about the job.

Pig Production Specialist
Hord Family Farms
Experience Level: Entry Level
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820
Full Time
4195625934 | alex.r@hordfarms.com

What if you got to go to work every day to produce a quality nutritious product that feeds not only your friends and family, but millions of people around the world? Are you looking for an opportunity to challenge yourself?  Does working in an extended family-like atmosphere sound appealing to you? If that sounds like an opportunity that you don’t want to pass you by, we want to talk to you!

Who We Are:

The HORD team, nationally known for our world class pig production, is currently looking for individuals to add to our production team (both full time and part time interest accepted).  These positions offer full training, opportunities for promotion and encompasses all aspects of animal care.  No prior experience is needed.

A Day In The Life:

This key, entry-level position, is responsible for the daily care, health, and maintenance of all sows and piglets to assure optimum productivity.  This person will work indoors in a climate-controlled environment and assist where needed working with animals and perform light facility repair and maintenance.

The ideal candidate will have the desire to work with pigs, a willingness to learn, a high level of dependability as evidenced with a solid work history, and a proven record of drive for excellence.

What You Need:

  • Candidates must not currently own or have routine contact with swine.
  • Desire and ability to work in a physically strenuous environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Impeccable record of reliability/dependability
  • Display a high level of respect to team members and animals
  • Willingness to learn and carry out complex instructions effectively
  • Prior agricultural experience preferred, but not required

Your Rewards:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Quarterly Production Bonus
  • Paid vacation after 6 months, personal days, and holidays
  • FREE Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance the month following 30 days of employment (for base plan team member coverage)
  • 401k with company match
  • Financial planning assistance
  • Recruitment bonus

We look forward to talking to you more in depth about the opportunities at HORD!

Sow Unit Manager
Cooper Farms
Experience Level: 2+ Years
Oakwood, Ohio 45873
Full-Time
4197634096 | kristenk@cooperfarms.com

About Cooper Farms

Cooper Farms is a diversified farm and food company based in Northwest and West Central Ohio, an area rich in agricultural tradition. Born and raised in the area, the Cooper family has strengthened existing relationships and made new ones, deepening their roots and growing their father’s business.

Today, raising turkeys, hogs and laying hens is only half of the business. Vertical integration has allowed us to monitor quality throughout our processes, ensuring our customers are receiving the highest quality products possible. This includes taking a hands-on approach to overseeing the day-to-day care of our animals, as well as manufacturing the feed that keeps them healthy and strong.

Quality extends to our food processing plants, where all of our high-quality meats are produced and packaged. At Cooper Farms, our path to innovation is never ending and ever-changing. We are constantly striving to maintain a flexible business model to consistently meet our customer’s needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:  A 2 or 4 year degree in an agricultural curriculum with an emphasis in production is preferred.  Experience in personnel management preferred.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Assumes direct or indirect responsibility for all aspects of the farm.  Has knowledge of animal care, biosecurity, facilities upkeep and maintenance, farrowing, breeding, gilt development, record keeping, supply management, and people management.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  For the physical requirements of this job, please see Human Resources.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Takes an active role in the management of their location
  2. Exhibits and shows a desire to learn core leadership qualities
  3. Makes strong, confident decisions on a daily basis
  4. Promotes communication between farm management and team members
  5. Maintains safe work habits and a positive safety attitude
  6. Demonstrates animal care in all areas of production and ensures that animal care is being applied by all employees
  7. Follows all bio-security measures and maintains proper herd healt
    1. Monitor animals daily for feed, water, comfort, and health concerns
    2. Be familiar with and enforce all aspects of bio-security policy
    3. Administer medicines and vaccines as directed
    4. Ensure daily animal handling activities are done in accordance with SOP
  8. Takes responsibility for alarm calls and all calls related to such
  9. Closely monitors ventilation and environment of buildings
  10. Keeps facilities clean and well maintained
  11. Keeps accurate and timely records
  12. Performs work as directed
  13. Holds team members accountable and accepts responsibility for their actions
  14. Promotes team member participation in Gainsharing
  15. Maintains a cooperative attitude with all team members and other management

In all areas described above, the individual should project a positive image, show a high level of responsibility, cooperate and communicate well with management staff, and promote safety and the future growth of the company.

Farrowing Technician
Cooper Farms
Experience Level: Entry Level
Edgerton, Ohio 43517
Full-Time
4197634096 | kristenk@cooperfarms.com

About Cooper Farms

Cooper Farms is a diversified farm and food company based in Northwest and West Central Ohio, an area rich in agricultural tradition. Born and raised in the area, the Cooper family has strengthened existing relationships and made new ones, deepening their roots and growing their father’s business.

Today, raising turkeys, hogs and laying hens is only half of the business. Vertical integration has allowed us to monitor quality throughout our processes, ensuring our customers are receiving the highest quality products possible. This includes taking a hands-on approach to overseeing the day-to-day care of our animals, as well as manufacturing the feed that keeps them healthy and strong.

Quality extends to our food processing plants, where all of our high-quality meats are produced and packaged. At Cooper Farms, our path to innovation is never ending and ever-changing. We are constantly striving to maintain a flexible business model to consistently meet our customer’s needs.

OBJECTIVE: To learn and perform all current practices and techniques to properly operate within the farrowing barn at a sow complex.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: For the physical requirements of this job, please see Human Resources.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Animal care and welfare.
  2. Processing newborn piglets.
  3. Vaccinating.
  4. Pressure washing.
  5. Removal and disposal of mortality and farrowing by-products.
  6. Maintain a designated feeding routine.
  7. Barn maintenance as needed.
  8. Team member participation.
  9. Maintain safe work habits & a positive safety attitude.
  10. Demonstrate quality workmanship in responsibilities.
  11. Perform related work as apparent or assigned.
  12. Maintain a cooperative attitude toward managers and other team members.
  13. Maintain an active interest in performance level.

In all areas described above, the individual should project a positive image, show a high level of responsibility, cooperate and communicate well with management staff, promote safety and the future growth of the company.

Breeding Technician
Cooper Farms
Experience Level: Entry Level
Edgerton, Ohio 43517
Full-time
419-594-3325 | kristenk@cooperfarms.com

About Cooper Farms

Cooper Farms is a diversified farm and food company based in Northwest and West Central Ohio, an area rich in agricultural tradition. Born and raised in the area, the Cooper family has strengthened existing relationships and made new ones, deepening their roots and growing their father’s business.

Today, raising turkeys, hogs and laying hens is only half of the business. Vertical integration has allowed us to monitor quality throughout our processes, ensuring our customers are receiving the highest quality products possible. This includes taking a hands-on approach to overseeing the day-to-day care of our animals, as well as manufacturing the feed that keeps them healthy and strong.

Quality extends to our food processing plants, where all of our high-quality meats are produced and packaged. At Cooper Farms, our path to innovation is never ending and ever-changing. We are constantly striving to maintain a flexible business model to consistently meet our customer’s needs.

OBJECTIVE:  To learn and perform all current practices and techniques to properly operate within the breeding and gestation barn at a sow complex.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  For the physical requirements of this job, please see Human Resources.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Animal care and welfare.

2. Pregnancy and heat detection.

3. Proper movement of animals with use of flow system.

4. Vaccinating.

5. Barn maintenance.

6. Team member participation.

7. Maintains safe work habits & a positive safety attitude.

8. Demonstrates quality workmanship in responsibilities.

9. Performs related work as apparent or assigned.

10. Maintains a cooperative attitude toward managers and all others on the team.

11. Maintain an active interest in performance level.

This description is accurate based on the industry’s current large scale production practices.  They are by no means a complete description of this position’s duties. It does, however, depict an accurate general job description.

 

Sow Farm Team Member
Kalmbach Swine Management
Experience Level: Entry Level
Waynesfield, Ohio 45896
Full-Time
419-294-3838 | info@kalmbachfeeds.com

Pregnant sows require individualized care throughout their gestation period, also known as pregnancy. Sow Farm Team Members are responsible for ensuring optimal health and well-being of sows through daily care and monitoring. This entry-level position will be responsible for assisting with feeding, performing pregnancy checks, keeping precise records, maintaining living conditions, assisting fellow team members with the breeding process, administering preventative vaccinations, and more. Individuals should enjoy working with other team members, working on their feet, utilizing farm technology and being in a fast-paced working environment.

Swine Farm Technician
Isler Genetics
Experience Level: Entry Level
Prospect, Ohio 43342
Full-Time
(740) 494-2410 | igenetics@marion.net

This entry-level position is responsible for providing care to mother pigs, also known as sows, and piglets, in the farm’s birthing center, also known as a farrowing facility. The Swine Farm Technician will perform a variety of roles to monitor the health and well-being of sows, such as: performing pregnancy checks, keeping precise records, maintaining living conditions, assisting fellow team members with the breeding process, and more. This position will also monitor health of newborn piglets by providing initial care, ensuring piglets are nursing from their mother, adjusting heat lamps, providing treatment, maintaining a clean environment, among other duties. The ideal candidate shows an interest in working with pigs, a willingness to learn, a high level of dependability as evidenced with a solid work history, and a record of drive for excellence.