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:
- 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.
- Feed calves in a timely manner as outlined by dairy protocols.
- Ensure lots and barns are cleaned daily.
- Routinely check freshening area and assist in birthing process as needed.
- Check all calves at least five times per day to ensure the calves are not under stress due to weather conditions.
- Maintain all equipment as prescribed by manufacturer’s suggestions. Ensure all machinery is in working order.
- Take any necessary feed or forage samples for nutrient testing as required.
- Be certain all fencing is maintained. Repair fencing as needed.
- Maintain all equipment and tools in an orderly manner so they are readily available to use by any employee if needed.
- Monitor calve health and identify sick animals. Notify the supervisor of sick animals.
- Assist in treatments for sick animals.
- Assist in routine vaccinations.
Assist in any special projects or routine maintenance of farmstead in coordination with the supervisor.
Additional Calf Feeder related activities:
- Help to get cattle in the barn, if necessary.
- Maintain treatment records and identify treated cows with appropriate markers, such as leg bands, etc.
- Assist in ordering supplies by making a list and bringing to the supervisor’s attention any items in short supply.
- If unable to be present at scheduled working hours, the supervisor must be given sufficient notice to arrange for a substitute Calf Feeder.
- Clip udders, freeze brand and perform other procedures that promote accurate identification and animal well-being.
- 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