Career Opportunities

About Choice Genetics

Choice Genetics is a global pig genetics company and part of Groupe Grimaud, the second largest multi-species animal company in the world. Today, Choice Genetics has subsidiaries in France, Germany, Poland, USA, Brazil, Vietnam and China and its breeding stock is marketed in more than 25 countries. Amongst the frontline products are the CG32 and NAÏMA parent gilts and the EBX and P88 terminal sires. Choice Genetics employs value-driven innovations that emphasize unique phenotypic traits, increasing the accuracy of the breeding values. One such innovation is the adoption of the Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that is utilized to maximize genetic improvement in carcass composition and feed efficiency. 

Finishing/Nursery Herdsman

Major Purpose:

Location: Butler, MO

To play a critical role within the Finishing/Nursery Team to accomplish the daily, weekly, and monthly goals set by both production and R&D staff.  Provide necessary survival needs and care to the animals residing in the finishing/nursery department. Provide accurate and timely data collection in the finishing/nursery area.  Be an advocate for Choice Genetics, our policies, and procedures.

Detailed Descriptions:

    1. Provide basic survival needs for the pigs.
      1. Check that proper levels of food and water are delivered to each pen of pigs.
      2. Provide the proper environment for the pig.
      3. Ensure daily observations are properly recorded on door sheets.
    2. Provide vaccination at the proper vaccination intervals and timeframe.
    3. Provide treatment to pigs when necessary and record.
    4. Disperse pigs into their proper pen configurations when placed in nursery each week.
    5. Disperse pigs into their proper pen configurations when placed in finishing each week.
    6. Tag and weigh pigs during the ontest workflow each week.
    7. Move pigs to the feed intake (FIRE/PPT) barn each week.
    8. Weigh pigs that have reached their 120-day interval (interval weight workflow) each week.
    9. Move selected boars from their finishing pens to the boar holding area immediately after selection results are available and report new locations.
    10. Move selected gilts from their finishing pens to the GDU immediately after selection results are available. Report new locations.
    11. Immuno-castrate non-select boars immediately after selection results are available.
      1. Boars must be recorded as immuno-castrated and tracked by group in the database.
    12. Maintain accurate inventory at all levels of production.
      1. Scan tags of boars when loaded to a market truck.
      2. Scan the tags of weaned pigs sold from the nursery to properly inactivate them in the computer.
      3. Scan tags of finishing pigs sold early as roasters.
      4. Scan and record tags of pigs that have died.
    13. Provide timely and humane pig euthanasia when necessary.
    14. To assist with loading/unloading of customer sales and market animals within your department, and other departments when called upon.
    15. Perform necessary maintenance in a timely fashion.
    16. Ensure cleaning and disinfection protocols are met throughout the finishing facility.
    17. Assist with helping deliver animals during the CT scanning processes.
    18. Provide any other expertise or duties that will help the company achieve its objectives.

Requirement:

High School Diploma required.  Ag-related background or post-secondary education preferred.

Individual must be motivated and able to follow directions and complete tasks effectively, be organized, and take initiative.  They must be dependable.  Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to climb or step over gates 36 inches in height.  Pushing, pulling, bending and kneeling, as well as regular walking and standing are a requirement for this position.
This position requires the employee to work closely with supervisors and production staff, therefore the applicant must have the ability to think proactively, work in a team environment, be flexible within the team and have the desire to learn.  Direct contact with animals will occur, so good herdsmanship and bio-security practices must be understood and practiced at all times.

Basic computer skills/knowledge required.

Hours

  • Hourly position
  • Normally Monday through Friday; 7:00 – 4:00 or when assigned to meet special shipments, projects, or requests. . Ending hours are based on when work is completed for the day.
  • Weekend rotation, every other weekend.

Send resume to hr@choice-genetics.com, or call 515-225-9420.

Farrowing Herdsman

Major Purpose:

Location: Butler, MO

To play a critical role within the Farrowing Team to accomplish the daily, weekly, and monthly goals set by both production and R&D staff.  Provide necessary survival needs and care to the animals residing in the farrowing department. Provide accurate and timely data collection in the farrowing area.  Be an advocate for Choice Genetics, our policies, and procedures.

Detailed Descriptions:

  1. Provide basic survival needs for the pigs.
    1. Deliver lactation feed, check water, and provide creep feed where necessary.
      1. Ensure feeders are clear from non-fresh feed.
    2. Provide the proper environment for the sows and the piglets.
    3. Ensure daily observations are properly recorded on door sheets.
  2. Provide vaccination at the proper vaccination intervals.
  3. Provide treatment to pigs when necessary and record.
  4. Maintain animal flow.
    1. Sows are moved into and out of farrowing on specified schedules.
    2. Nurse the proper numbers of pigs per crate.
    3. Wean sows and piglets according to specified schedule.
  5. Provide early piglet care.
  6. Daily processing of piglets according to current protocols, providing accurate data collection.
  7. Provide timely and humane pig euthanasia when necessary.
  8. Scrape behind sows pre farrow and up to day 7 post farrow.
  9. To assist with loading/unloading of customer sales and market animals within your department, and other departments when called upon.
  10. Ensure necessary maintenance is carried out in a timely fashion.
  11. Provide necessary cleaning and disinfection throughout the farrowing facility. Clean hallways, alleys, and crates are expected.
  12. Provide any other expertise or duties that will help the company achieve its objectives.

Requirement:

High School Diploma required.  Ag-related background or post-secondary education preferred.

Individual must be motivated and able to follow directions and complete tasks effectively, be organized, and take initiative.  They must be dependable.  Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to climb or step over gates 36 inches in height.  Pushing, pulling, bending and kneeling, as well as regular walking and standing are a requirement for this position.
This position requires the employee to work closely with supervisors and production staff, therefore the applicant must have the ability to think proactively, work in a team environment, be flexible within the team and have the desire to learn.  Direct contact with animals will occur, so good herdsmanship and bio-security practices must be understood and practiced at all times.

Basic computer skills/knowledge required.

Hours

  • Hourly position
  • Normally Monday through Friday; 7:00 – 4:00 or when assigned to meet special shipments, projects, or requests. Ending hours are based on when work is completed for the day.
  • Weekend rotation, every other weekend.

Send resume to hr@choice-genetics.com, or call 515-225-9420.

CT Assistant

Major Purpose:

Location: Butler, MO

To assist the CT Technician in accomplishing the daily scanning process.  Assist the Finishing Lead with their duties when CT scanning duties have been completed.  Be an advocate for Choice Genetics, policies, and procedures.

Detailed Descriptions:

  1. Follow the Offtest Schedule for animals being CT scanned. Ensure pigs are off feed for 24 hours prior to scanning.  Complete the scanning of boars early in the week, followed by gilts later in the week.
  2. Assist with prepping animals for anesthesia and transport of animals to and from the CT machine.
  3. To assist with loading/unloading of customer sales and market animals within your department, and other departments when called upon.
  4. Assist the Finishing Lead with their duties when CT scanning duties have been completed.
  5. Provide any other expertise or duties that will help the company achieve its objectives.

Requirement:

High School Diploma required.  Ag-related background or post-secondary education preferred.

Individual must be motivated and able to follow directions and complete tasks effectively, be organized, and take initiative.  They must be dependable.  Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to climb or step over gates 36 inches in height.  Pushing, pulling, bending and kneeling, as well as regular walking and standing are a requirement for this position.
This position requires the employee to work closely with supervisors and production staff, therefore the applicant must have the ability to think proactively, work in a team environment, be flexible within the team and have the desire to learn.  Direct contact with animals will occur, so good herdsmanship and bio-security practices must be understood and practiced at all times.

Basic computer skills/knowledge required.

Hours

  • Hourly position
  • Normally Monday through Friday; 7:00 – 4:00 or when assigned to meet special shipments, projects, or requests. Ending hours are based on when work is completed for the day.
  • Weekend rotation, every other weekend.

Send resume to hr@choice-genetics.com, or call 515-225-9420.