Swine Research Associate - Colo, IA

Job Description:

Furst-McNess Company has an immediate opening for a Swine Research Associate.  This individual will be responsible for day to day equipment and maintenance of the Furst-McNess Swine Research Facility, including grounds, feed system, ventilation, bio-vator, buildings, scales and all equipment related to swine production.  Other duties will include the daily requirements of wean to finish research production including, but not limited to, operating the feed system, operating the ventilation system, assisting with vaccination of pigs, weighing pigs, measuring feed, and individual pig care with emphasis on production protocols, animal welfare and site appearance. 

Responsibilities Include:                                                 

  • Take ownership of daily barn responsibilities in relation to animal care which includes the daily pen to pen management of air, water, and monitoring feed.  Ensure complete comprehension and operation of the environmental equipment on site.  Assist in loading and unloading of pigs.  Perform any additional tasks necessary for the care of the animals as directed.  Communication between all parties necessary for daily care of animals.
  • Maintain desired research protocols and standard operating procedures within research and the finishing system.  Perform daily visual inspection.  Maintain accurate records and required paperwork on a prompt basis.  Maintain accurate animal inventory by pen, room and facility.  Assist with the allotment of animals and marketing as needed.
  • Maintain and adhere to the Furst-McNess Bio Security protocols and that all individuals on premise follow the established protocols.
  • Responsible for animal husbandry with an emphasis on individual pig care.  Assist with identifying and treating sick animals with a variety of solutions by injection, oral application, or other methods as required.
  • Maintain site appearance including a high standard of cleanliness throughout the facility with basic housekeeping, laundry duties, organization of supplies and other misc. items.  Maintain compost area.  Clear entire site including driveway of snow, weeds and rodent control.  Maintain grass of site and spray for preventive control of weeds.
  • Perform other work-related duties as requested or required.


  • Be able to succeed within and adhere to the culture of the Furst-McNess Company.
  • Ability to perform essential job functions with or without accommodation.
  • Education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree or higher the equivalent in related work experience, along with 3 or more years of livestock operations management.
  • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written, and is capable of utilizing these skills within all levels of the Company as well as externally.
  • Able to establish and carry out specific courses of action for self and/or groups in an independent manner. This may include pig receiving, vaccination, allotment, and sales outside of normal working hours or on weekends.
  • Able to create positive energy (motivation) in both individuals and groups when it comes to implementation of research protocol and knowledge.
  • Be able to lift in excess of 50 lbs. moving up to 100 yards daily, be able to lift 15 lbs. repeatedly on a daily basis from side to side for at least 1 hour.  Push and/or pull a minimum of 500 lbs. in a cart with wheels when required.  Squat to floor, grip small objects with ease and twist at least 45 degrees.
  • Be able to move, load and unload animals 300 plus pounds.
  • Be comfortable working in close proximity to all age categories of swine.
  • Ability to travel, either by car or by commercial plane, including overnight stays, as business dictates.  Must, at all times, possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record (within guidelines set forth in company vehicle policy).

Benefits Include:

  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid vacation/floating holidays/company holidays.
  • Competitive 401(k) program.


Please submit your resume to our Human Resources Dept. via email to hr@mcness.com, via fax at 815-232-9705 or send via mail to Furst-McNess Company, Attn: Human Resources, 120 E Clark St., Freeport, IL 61032.