Worker will be required to perform a variety of duties related to the production of mink, alfalfa, cattle and pasture. The majority of the work activities during the overall contract period, however, will be related to livestock production.
General Farm Work will include the following responsibilities: drive, attach and operate farm implements/tractors; make minor mechanical adjustments/repairs on farm machinery: remove rocks from field; paint farm structures: replace/repair fencing; perform general clean up of farm areas; remove weeds from crops or farm areas: drive, load/unload trucks; operate motor bike or all-terrain vehicle in the course of performing duties.
Irrigation duties will include the following:
Hand lines: connect pipes; check alignment of pipe and adjust for proper water distribution; attach lines to water supply; turn on pump; turn valves to start flow of water.
Wheel lines: start gasoline engines and operate controls to move lines across fields at specified intervals.
Pivots: push on switch that activates circle sprinkler system.
Flood Irrigation: lift gate in side of flooded irrigation ditch/pipe permitting water to flow into bordered section of field; shovel and pack dirt in low spots of embankment or cut trenches in high areas to direct water flow; close gate in ditch/pipe when ordered section is flooded; open gate or connect pipe to underground pipe system that releases water flow into reservoir or ditch; siphon water from flooded reservoir or ditch to channel water into designated areas; shovel or hoe soil to clear ditches/furrows and build embankments to appropriately channel water: shovel/hoe soil to clear ditches/furrows and build embankments to appropriately channel water.
Other Irrigation Duties: remove pipes/wheel lines from storage and lay out/place in predetermined patterns in fields; lubricate, adjust, repair and replace parts such as sprinkler heads and drive chains using hand tools; observe revolving sprinklers and adjust to ensure proper operation and uniform distribution of water; disassemble, service and store pipes/mainlines/wheel lines after irrigation season.
To meet minimum acceptable performance standards when irrigating, the worker must, after a 10 day conditioning period, move an average of at least 48 40-foot sections of 3-inch pipe or 44 40-foot sections of 4-inch pipe per hour under normal working conditions.
Duties related to the production of livestock will include the following: check physical characteristics, observe general condition of livestock and apply the appropriate care; assist in livestock breeding; grade pelts; examine animals to detect illness/injury/disease, rate of weight gain or to determine delivery time, assist in delivery; apply or administer medications, vaccines and/or insecticides; mix/process feed/additives and feed/water livestock; place mineral blocks: drive equipment to haul/distribute feed/water; herd livestock: clean/disinfect/repair/build livestock pens/stalls/sheds/boxes; dock, castrate, brand, clip/tag and clamp livestock: clean/disinfect livestock stalls/sheds/nest boxes/replace bedding; maintain records on animals; hoist/stack bales of hay onto wagon/truck; handling, skinning and processing mink.