Cottonwood Farms of Mountain Lake, MN is looking to hire a full-time Swine Breeding Lead. Are you ready to take your career in agriculture to the next level? Would you like to work at a successful family sow farm where you are more than a number? Are you a career-minded individual who is passionate about the proper management of livestock and pork production? If so, please read on!

This position offers a competitive wage, depending on experience. We also offer a great benefits package including production bonuses, 100%-paid health insurance for employees, and paid time off (PTO). If this sounds like the opportunity in farming that you’ve been looking for, apply today!


We are a family-owned sow farm located near the beautiful farming community of Mountain Lake, MN. We are surrounded by bigger pork producers, but our family-oriented culture sets us apart. Every employee has a voice and can have their opinions heard. Everybody knows everyone else’s name. We care about our employees and we pride ourselves on quality over quantity. Our ownership actually gets to know each employee on a personal level and understands that our employees are our greatest asset. That’s why we offer great pay, production bonuses, and excellent benefits.


As the Swine Breeding Lead at our sow farm, you play a very important part in our success as a quality pork producer through your excellent management of the daily operations of our breeding department. You are responsible for overseeing the maintenance of breeding and farrowing targets, our daily artificial insemination (AI) breeding program, semen inventory, semen delivery, our health and vaccination program, livestock nutrition, the isolation and acclimation of replacement gilts, and record-keeping. You are responsible for the cleanliness and safety of our sow farm and are well versed on all biosecurity rules and practices associated with livestock farming.

You love that you get to work in an agricultural environment where you have continuous hands-on interaction with livestock. You are a can-do, get-it-done person who enjoys going about your regular structured routines to make sure that everything is done right. You ensure that cleaning, power-washing, and disinfection processes are carried out properly and regularly.

You are also goal-oriented and lead your department in meeting production and financial targets. You enjoy agriculture and its relationship to quality pork production.

Ensuring the health and well-being of all our livestock in terms of nutrition, medication, and environment is really important to you! You monitor and coordinate the breeding schedule and take responsibility for the quality of all the sows and gilts sent to farrowing.

In addition to your interest in pork production, you are mechanically-inclined which comes in handy as you diagnose the malfunctions of farming equipment and perform necessary mechanical repairs and maintenance as needed. Your people skills also come in handy as you motivate your team to perform their daily tasks well, providing them with helpful training and feedback. Thankfully, you don’t have to sit at a desk all day to ensure quality pork production but you are careful about keeping necessary forms and reports up-to-date and accurate.


● Hands-on experience in a livestock breeding department
● Mechanically-inclined and familiarity with livestock farming equipment
● Ability and willingness to attain TQA and PQA+ certification first 60 days
● Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs without assistance
● Ability to be on your feet all day in a variety of weather conditions
● Leadership ability


Do you have good communication skills, both written and verbal? Are you a problem solver who enjoys troubleshooting? Do you enjoy coaching and mentoring others? If so, then you might just be perfect for this Swine Breeding Lead position!


If you feel that you would be right for this sow farming job, please fill out our application now. We look forward to meeting you!