- Associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree is preferred with a preference for degrees in dairy or animal science with experience as a herdsperson.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Must be able to pass a drug test.
- Must have the ability and willingness to work independently. Herdsperson will need to adjust their days off when needed.
- Must be able to train and manage dairy employees, students; ensuring that all tasks are completed properly and in a timely fashion.
- Must have good communication skills and interact cooperatively with coworkers.
- Skid steer and tractor experience is preferred.
- Must have ability and willingness to adhere to stringent research protocols.
- Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities of a modern dairy farm and research institute
- Monitors the health of all animals on the premises and notes any behavioral changes.
- Treats injuries or illnesses as they occur.
- Monitors hoof health.
- Gives vaccinations and other injections.
- Manages reproductive program.
- Assists with calving.
- Maintains comprehensive health and production records in DairyComp305.
- Works closely with the veterinarian during examinations and to insure herd health.
- Must have basic knowledge of milking parlor and other equipment; ability to troubleshoot any mechanical problems or other issues as they arise.
- Additional duties assigned by the Farm Manager.
- Play an active role in the formulation of new protocols, farm management discussions, technical meetings, and help set farm direction.
Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Miner Institute offers a generous benefits package including an employer-funded retirement plan, paid time off, health insurance and more. If interested, contact Steve Couture for more information at (518) 846-7121 ext. 133 or (518) 569-4566 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Miner Institute:
The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution located in the Champlain Valley of Northern New York state. The Institute is the present-day manifestation of the philosophy and principles once embodied by William Miner on Heart’s Delight Farm in Chazy, NY. Since its creation in 1951, the principal mission of the Institute has been the economic improvement of agriculture through research, education, and demonstration. Miner Institute conducts research programs that apply basic science to contemporary problems confronting the dairy industries. Our areas of focus include the crop-animal-environment interface, milk analysis as a herd management tool, cow comfort and behavior, reproductive management.
The Institute operates a 450-cow Holstein herd with state-of-the-art research facilities; 1000+ acres of tillable land including areas for plot-scale research; fully equipped animal nutrition, forage, and environmental labs; paired watershed field research sites; and the Flatrock watershed which is a 6,800-acre sandstone pavement barren located 8 miles from Miner Institute and used for environmental research and education programs.
More detailed information about the Institute and its programs can be found at the website: www.whminer.org
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