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Farm Manager - Swine Production

 Alberta Pork

Swine Farming Overview

The 'swine' or hog industry, which includes farm operations that primarily raise hogs and pigs, accounts for just 4% of the total agricultural workforce. More than half (55%) of the industry’s workforce is concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, with the Prairies accounting for another 35% of the workforce.

  • While domestic demand for pork products is expected to remain weak, the global demand will increase due to the growing disposable incomes in emerging countries, and the Canadian hog industry is expected to benefit from this trend.

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Swine Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. 

Typical Job Titles

  • Breeding Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Farrowing Manager
  • Grower Manager
  • Livestock Manager
  • Nursery Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Swine Farm Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Swine Farm Managers or owners will assign supervisors a variety of week to week and/or month to month objectives, provide the resources needed to accomplish objectives, help with questions or problems, and monitor progress. 

Swine Farm Managers manage activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Manage strategic planning
  • Manage human resources 
  • Manage finances and administration 
  • Manage risk 
  • Manage customer relations 
  • Manage occupational health and safety 
  • Manage food safety and security 
  • Manage production and harvesting 
  • Manage compliance with legislation, regulations and standards 
  • Manage operating procedures 
  • Manage environmental sustainability 
  • Manage biosecurity 
  • Manage health and welfare of swine 
  • Manage facilities, housing and pens 
  • Manage the provision of feed and water 
  • Manage breeding 
  • Manage farrowing and weaning 
  • Manage nursery activities 
  • Manage grow-finish phase 
  • Manage pig handling 
  • Manage facilities, equipment and supplies 

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance. 

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Swine Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Results Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Human Resources Management

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in agriculture generally earn from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

Generally from

To

 

$39,500/yr

$74,800/yr

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.