Cow-Calf Supervisor (Level 2) Skill Set

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 Handling cattle | Breeding cattle | Maintaining health | General supervising | Managing pasture or range | Feeding cattle | Marketing production
Handling Cattle
  • Supervise and manage the animal identification system
  • Dehorn cattle
  • Perform castration
  • Apply the farm's permanent ID marking on animals & read ID of marked animals
  • Diagnose minor problems & carry out basic foot trimming and care
  • Manage animal welfare
Breeding Cattle
  • Locate & assess off farm beef enterprise assistance resources
  • Operate the farm's performance records system
  • Assess cattle, analyze records & identify cattle for breeding stock
  • Assess/appraise stock & make culling recommendations
  • Manage bulls
  • Manage a natural breeding program
  • Perform artificial insemination
  • Manage the on- farm storage of semen
Maintaining Cattle Health
  • Manage the calving program & assist cows when calving
  • Supervise & carry- out the preventative herd health program
  • Manage the weaning procedures
  • Identify & treat suspected cases of common respiratory diseases & disorders
  • Identify & treat suspected cases of common digestive diseases & disorders
  • Identify & treat cases of external & internal parasites
  • Identify & treat miscellaneous diseases & disorders
  • Manage cattle treatment & make health related culling recommendations
General Supervising
  • Demonstrate use of decision making & problem solving techniques
  • Demonstrate effective verbal & written communication for records, staff & public
  • Demonstrate supervisor's time management competence
  • Plan & manage farm staff work schedule
  • Supervise farm staff work activities
  • Conduct training of farm staff
  • Conduct production meetings
Managing Pasture or Range
  • Operate a grazing program on improved/cultivate pastures
  • Operate a high intensity grazing management system on improved/ cultivated pastures
  • Identify range plant communities and plants in native range
  • Assess & analyze range condition & utilization in native range
  • Manage the range grazing program in native range
  • Carry out procedures to operate cattle on community pastures
Feeding Cattle
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cattle nutrition
  • Develop & manage a herd feeding program
  • Take a feed sample for nutrient analysis & interpret lab results
  • Manage farm feed supplies & inventory
Marketing Production
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Canadian cow-calf and beef marketing
  • Supervise handling & perform procedures to ship cattle in Alberta.
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This information published to the web on June 18, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on October 10, 2012.