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Farm Utility Worker

Butterball, LLC Carthage Full-Time
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    DAILY with flock on Farm When Covering Duties

  • Shower into facility
  • Read water meters and mix appropriate water-treatment solutions
  • Pick up dead turkeys, record the number and incinerate the dead turkeys
  • Read and record daily temperature and humidity readings.
  • Adjust the height of feed and water lines.
  • Check ventilation quality and make approved adjustments.
  • Communicate problems and opportunities to the Brooder Hub Supervisor
  • Roto-tilling caked manure along feeder and water lines.
  • Launder dirty clothes
  • Perform shower house custodial duties and yard maintenance.


  • Hand washing starter feeder and starter drinkers
  • Power washing buildings between flocks
  • Maintaining foot pans daily at each house


  • Build cardboard brooding pens as directed
  • Fill and Place starter feeding and drinking equipment
  • Clean brooding stoves with compressed air
  • Light and test brooding heaters (LPG)
  • Check water and gas lines for leaks
  •  “Place” Poults on poult placement days
  • Break down poult boxes and collect and dispose of poult box pads.


  • Clean up the Shower house daily.
  • Winch feeder and drinker lines to overhead position.
  • Drain water lines and empty feed pans after houses are emptied.
  • Hang up hoses and electrical wires to get them out of the way of clean-out tractors.
  • Roto-till caked manure as needed.


  • Notify Supervisor or Butterball Flock Supervisor of any high mortality (dead turkey number) power-failure, or storm damage immediately.
  • Learn to operate Tractor PTO Generator for Emergency power supply.
  • Monitor Normal, authorized traffic and visitors.
  • Stop and Refuse unauthorized traffic or visitors.
  • Report unauthorized traffic and/or visitors.

Research Farm Daily Duties when covering the farm:

  • Keep records of daily water consumption, mortality, temperatures, and any other research data being collected at the time.
  • Pick up dead and incinerate them daily.
  • Climb and read feed bins for accurate feed inventories.
  • Roto-till with a small tractor and tiller.
  • Operate the tractor and sprayer to wash buildings and/or spray turkeys in the heat.
  • Set up and tear down fences inside the buildings when receiving turkeys and when they load out. 
  • Help maintain the grounds on the outside of the buildings.
  • The turkeys on this farm are grown to 20 weeks of age and could weigh up to 50 pounds at market.
  • Help tag turkeys before they load out to go to market


  • Keep maintenance done
  • Keep the grounds outside maintained
    • Mowing
    • Weed eating
    • Spraying
    • Rodent control
  •  Days off could be variable and some weekends would be required


Recommended skills

Water Consumption
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
Water Treatment
Compressed Air
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Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. – producing more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. For 60 years, the company has provided foodservice and retail products to customers and consumers around the world. As an industry leader in quality, food safety and animal well-being, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of flocks and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards. Butterball products are currently distributed throughout the U.S. and in more than 45 countries. Butterball operates seven processing plants located in North Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri.

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