About this Role:
This position exists to milk, feed and provide care of Dairy
Teaching and Research Center dairy herd, which is used for teaching
and research purposes.
Employee sets up the milking equipment, puts cows into milking
stalls, dips teats before and after milking, attaches milking
equipment and milks a minimum of 40 cows per hour until all cows
are milked. Employee works either a morning, evening, or night
shift milking 200-400 cows representing an investment of
approximately $500,000 per shift.
Observation and recording of "heat" or estrus is an important
part of the milker's job. When cows are moved, they express more
activity than at other times of the day.
Employee has contact with graduate and undergraduate students,
faculty, other unit employees, and non-university visitors.
Employee must communicate and work well with these groups. Other
duties as assigned by supervisor include but are not limited to the
collection of milk samples for research projects and training
students. Responsibilities vary some among seasons of the year.
Fewer cows are milked during the summer than during fall, winter,
Before each milking, employee must make a general survey of cows
to check for any abnormalities in calving, milk fever, or any sick
animal. Employee is responsible for calling the manager or
veterinarian, if needed. If necessary, employee may give some
treatment. Employee cares for newborn by sterilizing the navel,
injecting vitamins, and other necessary medication.
Employee is responsible for recognizing common health problems
of the cows as an essential part of the job. While milking,
employee must be able to recognize mastitis and milk fever (with
mastitis being the most common). When mastitis is detected, it is
the employee's responsibility to treat the condition under the
direction of the manager, make records of the treatment, and
discard the milk from the treated cows. These off-line cows are
milked separately and treated again, if necessary.
Employee rakes manure from free stalls and levels free stall
surface each shift. Employee is responsible for feeding replacement
heifers, cleaning calf hutches, weighing calves, assisting with
vaccination, dehorning, castration, and clipping extra teats.
Employee assists with lot scraping and general cleanup of
facilities, including hallway, break room, rest rooms and office.
Employee moves cows from pens and tie-stall barn to milking parlor
and back; releases and ties up cows in tie-stall bar; and assists
in cleaning and feeding in tie-stall barn as needed.
Employee is responsible for sanitizing equipment before milking
with a specified sanitizer. Employee must prepare the parlor before
each milking including checking compressor, milk line and pump, and
ensuring bulk milk storage tank is operating. Employee must
identify off-line cows to prevent their milk from getting into the
bulk tank. Value of one tank is approximately $8,000. Failure to
perform will result in loss of milk and revenue.
About the Department:
The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and
rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that
emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as
one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States,
K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to
excellence in teaching, research, and extension
Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of
the future in order to continue providing the objective information
and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to
thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas
State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values
articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and
Why Join Us:
Kansas State University offers a comprehensive b enfits package
that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans,
paid timeoff- vacation, sick and holidays. To see what beneftis are
available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits
We Support Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University
embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks
individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative
interactions with coworkers, students, and others. Teh University
is dedicate to promoting the Principles of Community.
What You'll Need to Succeed:
- One year relevant experience
- Basic milker's school or equivalent
- Minimum of 3 years experience in a similar or understudy
- Knowledge of milking procedures and techniques, sanitary
milking practices and unpredicatbilites of animals.
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States at the time of employment.
How to Apply:
Please Submit the following documents:
- KSU online application
- Cover Letter
Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions:
Considerable physical exertion. Must be able to transport 75-110
pound bales of alfalfa hay, 50 pound sacks of grain, and 20 pound
Assists with birth (pulls) and carries 80-100 pound calves.
Pushes and/or persuades 1600 pound cows to comply.
Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:
$13.70 -$15.00 per hour
Screening of Applications Begins:
Immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is
Anticipated Hiring Range: $13.43 - $15.00
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively
seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity
is the Law.
Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State
University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the
process of considering your candidacy as an employee.
Advertised: May 24, 2021 Central Daylight Time