Christensen Farms Boar Stud Laboratory Technician - Casey, IL in Greenup, Illinois

Boar Stud Laboratory Technician - Casey, IL

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  • Commercial Sow (Illinois)- PC

  • Greenup, IL, USA

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  • Full Time

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Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites. The company employs nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.

The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Foods members own 50 percent of Daily's Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor of bacon and other premium pork products. Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant.

Position Overview & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for assisting other production technicians in routine laboratory and general tasks to ensure agreed upon goals. Tasks include sanitation, Standard Operations execution, and data recording. The Laboratory Technician role will also support the Mission of the Company by providing for the care of all animals at the designated work site

Major Areas of Accountability

  • Follow the requirements and guidelines of the Company's Safety Program.

  • Maintain facility bio-security.

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

  • Be flexible with a willingness to change plans according to the direction of farm leadership.

  • Work as a team player by accomplishing daily department work requirements and lab goals.

  • Sanitize and wash multiple areas on the lab utilizing prescribed chemicals and instructions.

  • Maintain accurate production information and update all department records as required.

  • Assist with maintaining lab, office cleanliness, and laundry duties.

  • Prepare semen collections for evaluation including accurate dilutions with a pipette.

  • Perform semen evaluation on raw semen using a computer assisted evaluation program.

  • Operate an automatic dispensing station to properly dispense extender with ejaculates.

  • Pool collections together in the appropriate batch.

  • Operate packaging machines including accurate data entry for dose label information and being able to lift and move the pools of semen which way up to 40 pounds.

  • Package product for shipment to customers.

  • Use a computer assisted evaluation program to check motility of samples from each batch produced.

  • Follow the Company's animal care policies and procedures including: providing a physical environment that meets the animal's needs, providing access to adequate water and high quality feed, providing humane treatment of the animals, providing identification and appropriate treatment of animals in need of health care and following the guidelines for euthanasia.

  • Responsible for being in compliance with all environmental laws and procedures.

  • Report all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor.

  • Read and understand the company's emergency notification process and its application to the specific worksite.

  • Effective communication with teammates and supervisors in order to effectively achieve goals.

  • All other duties as assigned necessary for the care of the swine and/or the swine facility.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum formal education required: None

  • Minimum number of years of prior job experience required: Entry level, 0-1 year

  • Specialized Training Requirements: None

  • Other Technical Skills: None

  • Previous laboratory experience is helpful.

  • Proven high level of integrity required.

  • 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 week, which can vary frequently.

  • Weekend, evening, and holiday work required as needed.

  • Must be on call to work in emergency situations to include but not limited to, power outages or personnel shortages.