Pen Rider

Pen Rider

A pen rider monitors and moves cattle around a feeding operation. Most of their daily duties are completed on horseback. Utilizing horses, pen riders ride through assigned pens daily and identify sick animals by observing outward signs of distress. They segregate sick cattle for treatment by driving them to the nearest hospital pen.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Utilize a horse to ride through assigned pens daily
  • Assist in shipment of cattle
  • Move/drive cattle from one area of the yard to another
  • Return treated cattle to home pens from hospitals
  • Return stray animals to home pens
  • Ride horses safely by awareness of surroundings
  • Maintain appearance of break room
  • Maintain cleanliness of horse facilities by sweeping floor and cleaning stalls
  • Report observed pen maintenance issues
  • Alert supervisor to possible problem pens through observance of unusual trends
  • Comply with all applicable safety and animal welfare rules and policies
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, biology and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A high school diploma and knowledge of cattle and horses as well as basic mathematics are key for being a successful pen rider.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Large livestock production companies and feedlots employee pen riders.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • State Cattleman or Feeders Organization
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$33,000
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