Pen checkers or cattle managers are responsible for checking, counting and moving cattle within various beef production settings.
- Check cattle daily for signs and symptoms of illness, stress or injury.
- Pull or separate cattle and move them into hospital facilities for treatment, and administering treatment as necessary.
- Counting and verifying cattle numbers in each corral.
- Gathering, moving and shipping cattle.
- Assisting with processing and movements of incoming and outgoing cattle.
- Help with moving cattle to and from processing and handling facilities.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Excellent knowledge in handling and checking cattle, including bovine behaviour and understanding subtle signs of illness or distress in cattle.
- Knowledge and experience in Beef Quality Assurance Program or Verified Beef Production Program an asset.
- Capable of working with others in a team-oriented environment.
- Excellent oral communication skills, and a very strong attention to detail.
- Great horsemanship skills, and possibility of being able to provide own horses and tack.
- Physically fit, or capable of lifting 5 to 10 kg as necessary.
Primarily outdoors including in adverse weather conditions if necessary.
Education and Training
No education required, training is mainly on-the-job, though most businesses prefer hiring pen checkers with at least 2 years related experience in working with cattle.