Feedlot Technician (Level 1) Skill Set

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 Cattle chute side | Equipment and facilities | Feeding cattle | Processing and handling cattle | Pen checking | Forage crops | Employability, communication and safety

Treating Cattle Chute Side
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of beef cattle anatomy & physiology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of feedlot diseases, parasites & disorders
  • Interpret drug labels, handle & administer treatments
  • Identify sick or problem cattle
  • Assess animals to carryout feedlot treatment protocol
  • Assist cows at calving
  • Humanely euthanize an animal
  • Assess animal to determine cause of sickness & death
Operating & Servicing Equipment & Facilities
  • Follow safe farm vehicle driving regulations
  • Safely operate, maintain & service:
    • farm tractors
    • trucks & tractors with equipment in tow
    • two axle farm truck
    • three axle farm truck
    • chainsaw
    • augers & conveyors
    • high pressure washer
    • front-end loaders
    • skid steer loader
    • industrial type wheel loaders
    • manure spreader
    • ATV
  • Safely use basic hand/shop tools
  • Use corral & fence mending tools to repair & maintain
  • Bed up pens & maintain bedding
  • Practice good house keeping
Feeding Cattle
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the feeding management plan
  • Carryout the feeding protocol/routine
  • Operate feed wagon/truck & perform routine maintenance
  • Operate platform scales (legal type)
  • Receive feedstuffs into feed system & monitor feed inventory
  • Operate feedmilling equipment to process feed rations
  • Perform routine feedmill service or maintenance
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Processing & Handling Cattle
  • Know basic principles of cattle behavior
  • Handle normal & sick cattle
  • Safely operate, maintain & service handling equipment
  • Operate a scale (digital & manual) to weigh cattle
  • Mark cattle for identification
  • Perform cattle receiving procedures
  • Carryout the feedlot processing protocol
  • Know basics of industry cattle types & beef marketing components
  • Perform cattle shipping & loading procedures
  • Perform castration
  • Know basics of current beef quality assurance programs and beef food safety issues
  • Dehorn cattle
  • Implant cattle with growth stimulants
  • Hot iron brand cattle & read brand markings
Pen Checking
  • Correctly move amongst cattle & check for signs of sickness & disorder
  • Pull cattle from pens
  • Inspect feedbunks and pen structures for damage & correct or report
  • Check feed in bunks & report apparent problems
  • Ensure operation of animal waterers
  • Ride & handle a horse & provide basic care
Harvest, Handle and Store Forage Crops - Optional
  • Safely operate and maintain:
    • hay cutting equipment & forage harvester
    • square baler (~40kg) or round baler
    • hay rake/windrow inverter
    • silage dump wagon & silage bagger
    • big bale wrapper
    • silo blower
    • forage additive applicator
    • bale collector
  • Prepare forage crop storage facilities
  • Store forage harvesting equipment
  • Pack bunker silage using a tractor
Employability, Communication & Safety
  • Manage your training & continuing education
  • Effectively communicate and interact on the job
  • Manage time effectively
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal financial principles
  • Manage your health and safety on the job
  • Use a fire extinguisher and combat a small fire
  • Perform basic first aid procedures
  • Safely handle hazardous farm materials
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This information published to the web on June 18, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on May 11, 2018.