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Ranch Manager

 

Overview

A ranch manager oversees and maintains cattle or sheep on a large land area.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Daily monitor herd by riding horseback, in a truck or tractor
  • Ensure animals have access to water and food at all times
  • Identify sick animals and determine proper treatment or contact veterinarian
  • Transport animals to market
  • Assist in branding or tagging of animals
  • Oversee and administer vaccination programs
  • Corral animals for vaccinations or branding
  • Maintain and build fences as well as any shelter buildings
  • Maintain ranch and herd equipment
  • Hire, train and supervise ranch hands or herdsmen
  • Monitor grazing land to ensure livestock is properly fed; may need to setup and monitor irrigation systems during droughts
  • May plant and harvest hay or forage to save for winter feed supply
  • Maintain financial, operational, production and employee records
  • Remain up to date regarding markets and industry trends
  • Maintain high standards of animal welfare

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required to become a ranch manager, although an associate’s degree in animal science or animal husbandry would be very beneficial.

 

To pursue a career as a Ranch Manager:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, biology, business courses, personal finance, and mathematics.

 

Where can I work?

Ranch managers are employed by ranch owners as well as large cattle feeding companies, or they are self-employed and work on their own ranches.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a ranch manager will be fair over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • United Cattlemen’s Association
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • State Cattle or Beef Associations
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Last Updated: 04/01/2020