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Live Production Assistant

Company Summary

Konos Inc. is a large egg producer with approximately 3 million layers across Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. We provide a variety of eggs to the market including commercial, cage-free, enriched, and organic eggs. We also have high standards for bird welfare and health. We are audited by AHA, HFAC, OEFFA, UEP, and CDFA.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Taking blood samples from various barns for NPIP certification and AI monitoring purposes
  • Performing necropsy on birds during times of poor performance, high mortality events, or for routine monitoring
  • Investigate and maintain current vaccination program for effectiveness and proper immunity in birds
  • Meeting with vendors to collaborate about on-farm issues
  • Monitoring pullets for proper vaccination and body weight uniformity at regular intervals
  • Monitor all cage free houses in both facilities for proper management of litter, ventilation, behavior, and troubleshoot problems that may arise
  • Collaborating with the Complex Managers to fine-tune and adjust current operating SOP’s and compliance programs to ensure functionality
    • Work alongside other live production employees to ensure conformance and adjusting as necessary
  • Completing field service visits for contract farms in both Indiana and Ohio on a regular basis when Contract Flock Director is not available for travel. This will include:
    • Addressing paperwork concerns regarding salmonella swabs, blood testing, rodent and fly paperwork, and weekly flock data sheets
    • Listening to and relaying contract farmer concerns with flock performance, supply quality, and feed quality
  • Attending meetings with the Contract Flock Director regarding flock scheduling changes and relaying them to other employees
  • Attending industry events which include:
    • Various MAPI Industry Events through the year
    • Layer Health Management School for the 2020 year

 Job Skills and Knowledge:

  • Must be able to work variable hours, including weekends and Holidays during emergency situations
  • A minimum of a 4 year degree in animal agriculture is strongly preferred, or equivalent experience in livestock production
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Basic understanding of commercial poultry production and a willingness to learn more about this type of production system
  • Must be able to work in a team environment and work fairly with others
  • Must have strong administrative skills and attention to detail in any task
  • A strong knowledge on certification requirements with our auditors is preferred

Job Location and Travel:

This position will require some travel between facilities in Michigan. This will include trips between Martin and Otsego, MI (15 mile distance). This position will also require some monthly travel to Northern Indiana and Central Ohio during times the Contract Flock Director must stay at main facilities. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and/or paid by Konos Inc. Total travel may be approximately 20% of the job. Company vehicles are available for checkout for any traveling that is required of the position.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Compensation plan for cell phone usage
  • Life Insurance of $15,000 and Short Term Disability provided at no cost to employee
  • Eligible to contribute to 401k plan after 1 year of employment, subject to maximum allowed by federal government
    • Company matched contribution 100% up to 4% of gross pay
  • 2 flats of eggs with every paycheck
  • 1 week of vacation per year
  • 5 paid personal days are available per year

If you are interested in this job opportunity, please contact Kelsey Ward to apply with resume prepared.

Kelsey Ward – Contract Flock Director  kward@vandebunteeggs.com