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Holistic Grazing Livestock Manager at Singing Prairie Farms - 4309

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Holistic Grazing Livestock Manager
Singing Prairie Farms
20 Holstein Lane
Newcastle, ME 04553
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Job Description: 

Singing Prairie Farms primary focus is pasture-based, organic pork production dedicated to advancing the research and practice of holistic grazing for monogastric animals. In addition to pigs, organic dairy replacement heifers are custom grazed. Singing Prairie is an established farm that is moving summer 2018 from Missouri to coastal Maine in order to expand production. Farm in Maine is 160+ acres, located in the watershed of a wild salmon run. The Livestock Manager will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a rapidly growing company that utilizes holistic grazing and cover crops in order to promote economic and ecological sustainability.

This is a three-month position, followed by a review, with the opportunity to continue as a full-time year round position.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Livestock Manager will work closely with John Arbuckle, co-owner and founding farmer, on a daily basis performing a variety of tasks including: daily livestock care; creating and implementing restorative grazing systems that integrate permanent pasture and annual forage crop mixtures; building and maintaining infrastructure and equipment (perimeter fencing, water pipelines, buildings); assisting with on-farm vet responsibilities (vaccinating piglets, application of humane-certified nose rings); learning about financial analysis and decision making; overseeing farm interns; assisting with research studies as necessary; leading farm tours.

Education & Experience: 

This is a paid position and includes housing, utilities and a partial food stipend. Opportunity for further education and training in holistic management for a year-round committed individual.
At least 1 year experience with farming or farm-related coursework
Prior experience working with livestock
Self-motivated, able to work independently, problem solver
Strong communication skills
Passion for regenerative agriculture with a deep desire to continue to learn about soil health and land management
Open to learning new skills and land management techniques
Ability to work in all types of weather
Organized, on time, and reliable
Valid driver’s license

Application Instructions: 

Candidates should send a cover letter outlining their livestock experience, resume, available start date, and contact information. References will be requested from applicants who are invited to interview. Please send information to Start date is between July 5 and July 15.

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