Job: Poultry Manager – Shasta Farms, California

Shasta Farms is a 10,000-acre organic farm that is building a slaughter facility and group of old-fashioned butcher shops to market its products. The butcher shops, scheduled to launch in 2012, will offer an old-world experience to California consumers interested in purchasing high-quality, healthy, and great tasting meats. By controlling the entire production chain – from the farm, through slaughter and processing, and right through to the point of sale – Shasta Farms will offer an unparalleled experience to the consumer, ideal for an emerging market of consumers concerned about food safety, environmental responsibility, and taste quality. Shasta Farms will become one of three American farms with a wholly owned slaughter facility, and the first to own its entire distribution channel. Shasta Farms will produce nearly every type of meat imaginable, from guinea fowl to goats, with a focus on super-premium beef and pork. Given its focus on natural and sustainable production, Shasta Farms will raise primarily heritage breed animals selected for great taste quality. The Poultry Manager is responsible for the daily operational activities of the multi-species poultry program at Shasta Farms. This position will plan, oversee and participate in the management of all aspects of the poultry production program at Shasta Valley Farm, including:


–       Poultry husbandry;

–       Egg production;

–       Incubation and hatchery;

–       Breeding selection;

–       Manure management and collection;

–       Coordination of transport to proprietary slaughter facility;

–       Coordination poultry feeding and water systems;

–       Maintenance of livestock housing and equipment:

–       Creation and management of production records;

–       Maintenance of strict bio-security measures;


This position will be responsible for:

–       Ensuring that annual production targets for poultry are met;

–       Care, accountability, protection and well-being of all poultry, including but not limited to meat chickens, layer chickens, quail, turkey, squab, geese, rabbits and ducks (see below for information on anticipated poultry numbers at Shasta Valley Farm);

–       Upkeep of the fixed and mobile facilities associated with poultry production and animal husbandry.

–       Implementing USDA Organic standards, as stipulated in the National Organic Program;

–       Hiring, management of and supervision of all poultry personnel including both year-round and seasonal staff.


Recommended skills/experience include:

–       Three years livestock/poultry management experience;

–       High school diploma/GED required, Bachelors Degree recommended (relevant major encouraged);

–       Farm implement operation;

–       Spanish language skills;

–       Mechanical repair and maintenance;

–       Experience in organic animal husbandry and accompanying record keeping;


Shop Roll Out – Animals Needed per Year
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Chicken (Whole – Large) 1,293 2,994 4,273 6,640 8,804
Chicken (Whole – Small) 1,293 2,994 4,273 6,640 8,804
Chicken (Part) 2,586 5,988 8,546 13,280 17,609
Total Meat Chickens 5,172 11,975 17,092 26,559 35,218
Layer Chickens 274 635 906 1,408 1,868
Duck (Whole) 1,959 3,667 5,340 8,370 10,909
Duck (Part) 1,959 3,667 5,340 8,370 10,909
Total Ducks 3,917 7,334 10,680 16,739 21,817
Other Poultry 433 912 1,312 2,046 2,697



–       Position reports to the Grain Division Manager


To Apply:
Send email with letter of interest to Grain Division Manager, Kylan Hoover at

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