A ranch manager oversees and maintains cattle or sheep on a large land area. They monitor grazing land to ensure livestock are properly fed. During droughts, they may need to set up and monitor irrigation systems. Additionally, they identify sick animals and determine proper treatment or contact a veterinarian.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Monitor herd daily by riding horseback, in a truck or on a tractor
- Ensure animals have access to water and food at all times
- Identify and determine proper treatment for sick animals
- 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 are properly fed and watered
- 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
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, biology, business, personal finance and mathematics.
A high school diploma is required to become a ranch manager, although an associate degree in animal science or animal husbandry would be beneficial.