Calf Feeder

The Calf Feeder provides the dietary needs of replacement calves or young cows at the dairy. A Calf Feeder must understand and adhere to the proper protocols for feeding calves as set by Vanderhyde Dairy, Inc.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Check all animals on a timely basis (three to four times per day) to be certain they are receiving the adequate feed. Be certain clean water is available at all times.
  2. Feed calves in a timely manner as outlined by dairy protocols.
  3. Ensure lots and barns are cleaned daily.
  4. Routinely check freshening area and assist in birthing process as needed.
  5. Check all calves at least five times per day to ensure the calves are not under­ stress due to weather conditions.
  6. Maintain all equipment as prescribed by manufacturer’s suggestions. Ensure all machinery is in working order.
  7. Take any necessary feed or forage samples for nutrient­ testing as required.
  8. Be certain all fencing is maintained. Repair fencing as needed.
  9. Maintain all equipment and tools in an orderly manner so they are readily available to use by any employee if needed.
  10. Monitor calve health and identify sick animals. Notify the supervisor of sick animals.
  11. Assist in treatments for sick animals.
  12. Assist in routine vaccinations.

Assist in any special projects or routine maintenance of farmstead in coordination with the supervisor.

Additional Calf Feeder related activities:

  1. Help to get cattle in the barn, if necessary.
  2. Maintain treatment records and identify treated cows with appropriate markers, such as leg bands, etc.
  3. Assist in ordering supplies by making a list and bringing to the supervisor’s attention any items in short supply.
  4. If unable to be present at scheduled working hours, the supervisor must be given sufficient notice­ to arrange for a substitute Calf Feeder.
  5. Clip udders, freeze brand and perform other procedures that promote accurate identification and animal well-being.
  6. In case of an emergency, an employee may be called to work on a vacation or regularly scheduled day off.

Additional employee responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:

• Care of springers and cows at calving
• Feeding and care of calves
• Feeding, cleaning, and care of milking herd
• Maintenance of free-stalls
• Heat detection, A.I.
• Record keeping
• Cleaning and maintenance of office building
• Maintenance of grounds, pasture, fences
• Maintenance of vacuum pumps

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