Cow-Calf Beef Technician (Level 1) Skill Set

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 Cattle health | Cattle handling | Cattle feeding | Tractor and truck operation | General farm equipment | Forage crops | Employability, communication, safety

Cattle Health Maintenance
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of animal physiology and anatomy & common health disorders
  • Perform basic animal first aid
  • Interpret drug labels and administer treatments
  • Apply internal and external pest control materials
  • Monitor cattle during calving and perform post-calving routine
  • Judge cattle for culling and breeding
  • Know basics of current beef quality assurance programs and beef food safety issues
  • Understand cattle growth stimulants and their usage (Optional)
Cattle Handling Techniques
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of cattle behavior
  • Identify sick or problem cattle
  • Handle cattle in pastures
  • Safely operate and maintain handling equipment:
    • headgates
    • chutes
    • squeezes
    • weigh scales
    • back scratch (Optional)
  • Mark cattle for identification
  • Receive/ship cattle
  • Haul livestock with stock trailers
Cattle Feeding Operations
  • Supervise supply of water to cattle
  • Implement feeding plan
  • Safely operate and maintain:
    • front end loader tractors
    • augers and conveyors
    • bale shredder/grinder
    • feed milling equipment (Optional)
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Farm Tractor and Truck Operations
  • Follow safe farm vehicle driving regulations
  • Safely operate and maintain:
    • farm tractors
    • trucks & tractors with equipment in tow
    • two axle farm truck
    • three axle farm truck (Optional)
General Farm Equipment Operations
  • Safely use basic hand/shop tools
  • Construct and maintain permanent fencing and corrals
  • Operate and maintain:
    • temporary electric fencing system
    • Post-pounders and post hole auger
    • air compressors and accessories
    • chain saw
    • ATV (Optional)
  • Use basic equipment and vehicle servicing tools
Harvest, Handle and Store Forage Crops - Optional
  • Safely operate and maintain:
    • hay cutting equipment
    • forage harvester
    • square baler (~40kg)
    • 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 and Safety
  • Manage your training & continuing education
  • Effectively communicate and interact on the job
  • Manage time effectively
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal financial principles (Optional)
  • 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 10, 2018.