Herdsman/Farmhand , September 2013 - Present Dan's Durocs/Meeker Farms, Manito, Illinois Management and care of 35 head purebred Duroc sow herd producing show pigs and breeding stock. In charge of basic maintenance of all buildings and equipment associated with pig production, including electrical, plumbing ,and carpentry. Helped to organize a complete herd health protocol Part of a team that raises 1400 acres of seed corn and 400 acres of commercial crops, my duties include fall and spring tillage, planting of soybeans, wheat, and commercial corn, along with planting male rows in seed corn fields. In charge of trucking and storage of grain.
Production Manager, February 2007 - August 2013 England Farms Inc., Maquon, Illinois Management and maintenance of swine nurserys and finishing spaces for a 400 sow farrow through finish operation. Feed inventory, ordering, mixing, and delivery. Animal health and bio security Transportation on market animals Management of on farm grain drying and storage, approximately 300,000 bushels. Tillage, planting, spraying, and cover crop management. Helped grow the farm from 1800 acres to 2400 acres.
Finishing Manager/ Farmhand , February 2005 - October 2006 Nienhiser and Williams , Chapin , Illinois In charge of finishing spaces for pigs supplied through a sow co op with 3 other producers. Tillage including, chisel plow/ripper, field cultivator, anhydrous application, and strip till. Spraying and fertilizer spreading. Transportation of grain to river terminals.
Education and Training
John Wood Community College, 2001 Perry, Illinois Animal science, AAS swine management Illinois Private Pesticide Applicators License Transport Quality Assurance certified Pork Quality Assurance level three plus Training in livestock manure management Training on GreenStar monitors and guidance CDL class A