Farmer (Breeders)x2

Farmer (Breeders)x2

Job Description
Farmer are needed to join our Chicken Business Unit. The role will be based in Hammarsdale, Kwa-Zulu Natal and will report to the Breed Production Manager. RCL FOODS entrusts the Farmer to manage the operations, resources and manpower of the specific site thereby ensuring the optimal number of the right quality birds at the right time and at the lowest cost.

Minimum Requirements
A degree or diploma in Agriculture

Valid Code EB drivers’ licence

Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in a similar environment, 2 to 3 of which should be in a supervisory capacity


Poultry production inclusive of breeder and broiler management

Understand basic poultry nutrition, growth, anatomy and reproduction

Agricultural and farm operations and processes

Ability to recognize ventilation, brooding, feeding and water requirements of the birds and make the correct adjustments

Operation of farm equipment

Lighting programmes for optimal performance

Calculation of feed requirements

Ability to make feeding decisions to obtain target weight

Troubleshooting to achieve targets and objectives

Understand disease and biosecurity fundamentals as well as vaccination and immunity principles

Labour relations legislation and procedures

ISO and health, safety and environmental legislation

National best practice standards

Systems for SHERQ


Verbal and written communication





Logical thinking

Problem solving

Analytical thinking

Decision making

Stockman ship

Duties & Responsibilities
Feed Management

· Management of feed through accurate and timeous, allocation of feed; bin stocks and orders

· Ensure feed procedure executed correctly

· Receive delivered feed and verify feed codes

· Take Feed samples upon receipt of delivery

· Check and report feed quality if below standard

· Ensure feeder systems fully maintained through physical inspection of systems daily

Ventilation Management

· Daily planning and adjustment to ventilation system as per requirement as per BOP

Water Management

· Ensure water system is fully always maintained and operational as per BOP and hygiene program

· Plan water line heights and water flow daily

· Measure water intake and record and report on variances

Light Management

· Ensure prescribed light program implemented through physical inspections

· Order stock to replace and maintain lighting standards

· Ensure security and gate house lights switched of during the day

Temperature Management

· Plan daily set-points as per procedure

· Monitor and maintain Ikaya probes


· Planning and calculation of production daily

· Counting Birds when placing and depopulating

Calculate birds per square meter and camp size


· Ensure vaccinations are done as per BOP and approved vaccination program

· Plan activities according to vaccination program; ensure stock availability

· Monitor vaccine reactions and report inconsistencies and draw blood samples as per procedure

Drag Swabs

· Ensure Drag Swabs program followed correctly

Ground Maintenance

· Planning of continuous ground maintenance and fence monitoring of site


· Produce adequate support to optimal litter conditions through ventilation; water and temperature management

· Ensure correct number of shavings is delivered per house and levelled correctly

· Ensure bedding quality is in spec

· Ensure Litter Beetle program implemented


· Conduct planning and feedback meeting with team on weekly basis

· Conduct daily meeting to plan activities for the day

Samples & Monitoring

· Ensure samples are taken as per Hygiene program

· Ensure correct methodology is applied for all samples taken through physical inspection

· Conduct farm PMs if required; report on findings

· Auditing house cards weekly

· Recording mortality numbers and reporting daily mortalities per house


· Maintain Gatehouse to BOP requirements at all times concerning hygiene; biosecurity and cleanliness

Biosecurity Management

· Implement and Maintain biosecurity measures

· Conduct biweekly audits and report on findings

· Plan bio-security related stock and order timeously

· Ensure MSDS availability for all chemicals as per SHEQ requirement

· Ensure rodent control is implemented as per BOP

· Conduct rodent control inspection on biweekly basis

PPE Management

· Ensure PPE is supplied as per BOP and H&S requirements

· Issuing and stock control as per BOP

· Monthly PPE recon signed off and audited

Health and Safety

· Ensure IOD’s are dealt with within shift; report to Risk and PM

· Update SHERQ files with any changes

Ensure all H&S appointments are updated; certification valid

· Ensure all trainings are done and signed off

· Ensure monthly H&S meetings are done and attended

Standby Generator

· Always ensure standby generator in good working order

· Inspect generator room and logbook on weekly basis

· Immediate report of generator failure

· Ensure diesel available when required

Placement management

· Ensure and monitor farm readiness for placement as per BOP

· Plan open site maintenance requirements as per procedure

· Planning of all pre-placement activities

· Counting of chicks at deliveries; signing off of IDNs

Catching management

· Plan catching activities with team as per program. Catching activities includes litter removal; pre-washing; washing; disinfection; bedding placement; maintenance; preparation

· Pre- and post-inspections to be done with each contractor; sheets signed off

· Inspecting bird activity and handling

Team Management

· Plan teams leave on an annual basis and monitor leave balances on a monthly basis

· Plan monthly shift roster and implement

· Ensure adherence to company code of conduct; policies and procedures

· Apply discipline as per company procedures; frequent training to be done with team

· Ensure all required trainings executed and reported on.

· Training will include Matrix training; On-the-job; Job observations; New entry training

Labour Broker Management

·Request placements on prescribed documents; submitted to PM for approval process

· Monitor all issues immediately and report to PM

· Ensure poor performers are not re-cycled to other farms/operations; report them

· Weekly signing off on Labor Broker time sheets and escalate to PM

· Ensure employees complies to company min requirements (education and health)

· Report placements to PM when reaching 3 months placement

· Manage casuals’ performance and report poor performers to PM

Notice Boards

·Update Notice boards and discuss news notices with teams

· Provide information to Production Clerk


· Manage breakdowns reported through physical inspections and verification of facts to control cost

· Manage daily maintenance activities through interaction with Maintenance team

Closing Date 2022/06/21
Reference Number RCL220614-1
Company Chicken
Job Title Farmer (Breeders)x2
Functions Farms Services
Job Type Classification Permanent
Location – Town / City Hammarsdale
Location – Province KwaZulu-Natal
Location – Country South Africa



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