Smithfield Foods
Herdsperson Trainee/Laborer - F 8526
At a glance
Location: US-NC-Ahoskie Map
Posted: 12/02/2019
Closing: 01/01/2020
Degree: High School
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
Smithfield Foods
Job description

Summary:  Assists otherHerd Technicians in routine animal care and general farm tasks to ensure thewelfare/well-being of the animals.  Tasksinclude farm sanitation, animal removal, and animal movement.  Employee may operate mowers, tractors,trucks, bus, and other farm equipment as directed.  May be in training for advanced Herd Techniciandesignation.  The Herdsperson positionwill also provide for the care of all animals at the designated work site,particularly their health, growth, and breeding.


Supervisory Authority:

  • None

Essential Job Responsibilities: 

  • Follow the safetyrequirements of the Injury Prevention System (IPS).

  • Learn,understand, and implement all policies and procedures that relate to Bio-security.

  • Abide by allcompany policies, procedures and guidelines as directed by farm leadership.

  • Flexibility witha willingness to change plans according to the direction of farm leadership.

  • Work as a teamplayer by accomplishing daily department work requirements and farm goals.

  • Assist in movinganimals and maintaining efficient animal flows.

  • Sanitize and washmultiple areas on the farm using high pressure equipment.

  • Feed, water,vaccinate, and perform general animal husbandry tasks including basic veterinaryprocedures.

  • Process piglets,which includes:  Injecting medications,castrating, docking tails, and ear notching.

  • Maintain accurateproduction information and update all department records as required.

  • Treat sickanimals with a variety of pharmaceuticals by injection, oral application,and/or other methods as required.

  • Follow theStandard Operation Procedures, Production Manuals, or Appropriate TrainingGuides as required.

  • Assist withfacility and equipment maintenance.

  • Assist withmaintaining barn, office cleanliness, and laundry duties.

  • Follow theCompany’s animal welfare policies and procedures including:  providing a physical environment that meetsthe animal’s needs, providing access to adequate water and high quality feed,providing humane treatment of the animals, providing identification andappropriate treatment of animals in need of health care and following theguidelines for euthanasia.

  • Responsible forbeing in compliance with all environmental laws and procedures.

  • Report all environmentalissues immediately to their supervisor.

  • Read andunderstand the company’s emergency notification process and how it applies totheir specific worksite.


Job requirements
  • Job Requirements Include:
  • High School diploma or GED preferred.
  • Previous livestock handing helpful.
  • Ability to do hard physical labor.
  • Strong Commitment to team work.
  • Willingness to shower daily in and out of facility.
  • Ability to follow instructions and deal with standardized situations.
  • Must be able to work an average 48 hour work week, which can vary frequently.
  • Weekend, evening, and holiday work required as needed.
  • Must be on call for emergency situations to include but not limit to, power outages or personnel shortages.

Herdsperson Trainee/Laborer - F 8526