2020/2021 Livestock Assistant Manager
Ironbound Farm located in Hunterdon County is a 108 Acre preserved farm in the Highlands region of New Jersey. Our farm is a diversified operation which practices Regenerative Agriculture. The property consists of 45 acres of forest and wetlands and 50 Acres of Silvopastured orchards integrated with annual crops, livestock, infusion fruits, herbs and flowers. Additionally, we have about half an acre of high tunnels and low tunnels for year-round production of salad greens and roots. Our farm is also the home of Ironbound Hard Cider and a tasting room where we are producing ciders year-round, have lunch and dinner service seasonally, private and public events and educational activities. For the 2021 Farming season we are looking for a group of hardworking and eager to learn individuals to join our team. The individuals we hope to hire are team players, good communicators, critical thinkers and problem solvers. Willing to work rain or shine and in some cases from sunup to sundown. Livestock (Assistant) Manager: Prerequisites: 1. 1+ years of growing experience. 2. Experience working with Laying hens 3. Experience working with Hogs 4. Experience working with meat birds, (Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys). 5. Experience in a pastured based grazing system. We are looking for an individual to manage our growing livestock program on the farm. For the 2021 season we anticipate having roughly 1,800 Laying hens, 50 laying ducks, 35 geese, all in their own pasture-based systems varying from permanent orchard paddocks, to being grazed through our silvopasture. In addition, we will have 4 Heritage breed sows and a boar where we plan to have 2-3 litters throughout the year. 3-4 Boar Goats in our wetlands/pond paddock mainly for forage management (non-production at this point). Lastly, we hope to have up to 3 successions of broiler chickens (400 at a time) as well as 2 successions of 300 Turkeys. Meat bird volume and production pending the Managers experience and confidence. This role involves the following: 1. 30 to 45 hours a week year-round. 2. Tending to animal chores daily (several times a day) a. Watering, feeding, egg collecting 3. Moving coops, fencing, chargers, other infrastructure 4. Developing rotation plan 5. Coordination with field crew & orchard team 6. Pasture management, i.e. monitoring growth and species, reseeding dead spots. 7. Sanitation of livestock infrastructure i.e. waterers, feeders, shelters. 8. Record keeping of eggs collected, animal weights, feed rations, death and loss, etc. 9. Monitoring inventory and scheduling feed milling and ordering 10. Operating and management of our brooders a. Temperature, humidity light mgmt. 11. Composting collected bedding, and manures. 12. Ability to work well with other teams and sufficient communication with other integrated departments. 13. Participation in all other farm activities as needed and as time allows.