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  • Location:Multiple Locations
  • Type:Full Time

Ride pens to monitor cattle for health issues. Directs and ensures proper movement of cattle in feed yard. Removes sick cattle from home pen to determine appropriate treatment regimen and treat sick animals. Monitors cattle inventory in regular, hospital, and buller pens. Ensures the timely weighing, and shipping and receiving of cattle. Completes proper documentation and when appropriate computer entry for all these activities.

(Includes the following and other duties may be assigned.)

  • Observe and understand proper safety procedures and rules at all times.
  • Observe and understand proper company policies and procedures at all times.
  • Ensure the safety of all crews.
  • Be alert to any environmental, maintenance, or safety issues, and report them to management.
  • Clean and maintain neat appearance of hospital, processing barn, and horse barn.
  • Ride pens daily to monitor cattle for health issues. Remove any sick cattle and/or bullers. Determine appropriate treatment regimen and administer that regimen in the correct manner. Ensure that treated animals are returned to the appropriate home pens upon completion of medication program.
  • Enter the daily vet activity into the Turnkey Vet System and ensure that the entries are tied to correct animal.
    Meet as required with consulting Veterinarian to determine areas of strength and weakness related to animal health and implement improvement recommendations.
  • Work together with other pen riders to ensure that the overall goal of total cattle health in the feed yard is maximized.
    Direct movement of cattle to and from hospital and buller pens.
  • Ensure movement of cattle to scale for shipping in a timely manner and ensure accuracy of head counts and weighing protocols. Monitor withdrawal requirements of animal medications and ensure withdrawal requirements are met before shipping cattle.
  • Cattle inventory monitoring and control.
  • Control death loss through tracking and accurately reporting deaths and advising management on corrective action to avoid further death loss.
  • Provide hay to incoming cattle that do not receive hay from the feed yard feed crew.
  • Continue professional growth and stay abreast of latest industry practices, particularly in the area of livestock handling by participation in professional and employee development training and through any other available means.
  • Work overtime and flexible hours including holidays and weekends when asked or required.
  • Any other duties or projects as assigned.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to ride horses for a long period of time, to be on feet and legs for long periods of time, to stand, walk, and climb; sit for long periods of time, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and talk or hear. The employee must frequently shovel, lift, and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly be exposed to outside weather conditions year around and will regularly come into close contact with live cattle and horses. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

1. Must own and provide two (2) horses qualified for feed yard work as well as appropriate tack.
2. Have a minimum of two (2) years experience riding pens.