Feedlot Manager

Production

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I do not believe there was ever a life more attractive than life on a cattle farm.

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Feedlot Manager

Steven Buckle Leech Lake Feeders LTD (Buckle Farms est. 1888)

In A Nutshell

I oversee the day to day operation of a cattle feedlot  

I make sure that we’re set up to feed and raise our animals in the most efficient way possible

I’m responsible for ensuring that our operation is a safe and healthy place for both our animals and employees

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Potential Salary Range

$68,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan

Some days, I spend the whole day outdoors working with a vet or helping move cattle. Other days are spent planning budgets and writing reports on the computer. It’s great to have that variation in my work. 

Workplace

Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Make sure the feedlot is following safety standards for both humans and cattle 
  • Monitor the health of animals and call in vets when needed
  • Write budgets and make sure the finances of the operation are in order
  • Hire and train new employees and make sure they treat the animals well
  • Go through numbers and determine whether the animals are growing at the rate they’re supposed to be based on feeding plans
  • Make weekly and monthly plans for employees to follow based on the performance of the feedlot 

Education & Training

  • A university degree in animal science or agribusiness would be valuable for this job
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Job Outlook

    The predicted outlook for this job is fair to good; there will be approximately the same number of job openings as there are people to fill them.

Related School Subjects

Science
Health Education
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Beef Livestock Farming Animals Cows

Important Skills

Critical Thinking

I’m responsible for training new employees, and because our business is only as successful as our employees, I spend a lot of effort coaching them to be great workers  

Money Management

As the manager, I’m responsible for overseeing the budgets of our operation. It helps to be financially savvy and understand how to work with money. 

Decision Making

I have to take the lead and make some of the hard decisions for our company, like whether to bring a vet in to treat animals and whether to adjust our feed programs. It’s important to be comfortable making these decisions and trusting in yourself! 

Resilience

Working with animals comes with challenges. It can be discouraging at times, but I have to be resilient enough to get back up and keep working.

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Working with Animals
Working With A Team
Has Business Perks
Own Boss