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