Dairy Cattle Manager
Posted , 09 Nov 2019 | Job Id :5304-4315-73282891
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  • Full time
  • Waaia VIC, Australia

Job Summary: Waaia VIC $60,000 - $65,000 a year ABOUT THE ORGANISATION Our client’s farm is a 650-cow split calving family dairy operation located at Waaia in northern Victoria. The farm comprises around 1500 acres and is a mixture of irrigation and dryland cropping. The dairy is a 50- unit rotary with auto-feed and draft, milk metering and cell count technology. Feeding consists of grazing of annual pastures during autumn-winter and spring with a TMR over summer.

Job Details: MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

undertaking specified dairy production tasks and techniques, methods and control procedures concerned with the operation of the dairy and herd management
assist with managing all livestock, feed and watering systems
assist with the management of staff, including supervising and training staff
follow instructions for the safe operation and maintenance of a range of farm machinery
maintaining a safe working environment
comply with company policies including Animal Welfare and WHS regulations
milk harvesting and assisting with managing the milk harvesting schedule
feed and water provision for all stock
weed control in pastures and around farm buildings, irrigation channels and drains
keep accurate company records
perform other duties as instructed and required

DUTIES

Milk Harvesting

Collect cows from paddock to the dairy using machinery supplied and operate it within the farm guidelines. Set up tracks and gates for next grazing. Bring cows from yard to milking shed according to farm procedure.
Check and start the milking system, milk cooling, refrigeration, washing and feed system. Cup up cows after attending to appropriate udder hygiene.
Remove cups from cows following the standard operating procedures (SOP). Apply teat disinfectant for use according to SOP. Oversee the movement of cows from the dairy.
Identify cows with clinical mastitis, teat damage, lameness and other illnesses. Follow protocols for the treatment and recording of the condition.
At the completion of milking, follow the procedures for plant cleaning and the shutdown process. Prepare the dairy in readiness for the next milking according to the set guidelines.
Calf Rearing and Animal Husbandry*
Take responsibility for the entire calf rearing program. Prepare calf pens.
Maintain and repair fences, sheds, troughs, gates, hay rings and feeders.
Provide bedding and replacement of rice hulls throughout calving in all calf sheds.
Clean out sheds and setting up sheds at the end and beginning of each calving.
Follow procedures for correct tagging of heifer calves to correct mothers.
Ensure calves are fed milk daily, and that the milk is suitable to all calves as required.
Ensuring all calves get a drink (10% of their body weight) when milk being fed.
Perform maintenance and cleaning of blue calf tank and milk ute.
Ensure all calves, after day 3, have grain and hay either in the blue tubs or in the feeders in the outside pens and that feed is of the highest quality, check for contamination or mould.
Identify and treat common ailments of cattle including reproductive disorders, downer cows and lameness. Assist veterinarian as and when required. Record all treatments to meet quality assurance requirements and farm policy.
Follow farm guidelines for storage of appropriate levels of veterinary and animal husbandry supplies.
Regularly observe and attend to animal health needs and assist calving cows.
Identify and record newborn calves, adhere to farm procedures for newborn calf management.
Prepare and deliver milk and concentrates to reared calves. Observe and treat calves requiring medication. Manage calf groups through to weaning as instructed.
Mark inseminated cows and keep insemination records. Apply heat detection aids, identify, record, mark and draft cows on heat, segregate and prepare for insemination as instructed.
Participate in cattle mustering, drafting, transport and application of herd ID program.
Adhere to farm policy on handling and welfare of all stock.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Mandatory

Minimum of 3 years’ experience working on a dairy farm.
Current and valid Driver Licence.
Tractor driving experience
Desirable

Agricultural qualification.
Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $65,000.00 /year

Work Eligibility:

No work eligibility is required, I am willing to sponsor the right candidate (e.g. visa) (Preferred)

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