Cattle Manager

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. We are a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.

Responsible for the general welfare of custom cattle within the feedlot by managing all activities involved in the shipping, receiving, processing, doctoring, daily care and moving of cattle in a manner that ensures the minimum of stress to the cattle and promotes the greatest amount of weight gain.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervises and schedules cowboy, vet, and processing crews to accomplish daily activities    
of pen checking, sorting, moving, processing, and doctoring as required to maintain good 
herd health.
Maintains and updates all cattle transactions, including processing, vaccinations,                
movements and deaths, through feedlot management software system.

Supervises the processing of cattle as they arrive at the feedlot to ensure that they are            
properly inspected, sorted, vaccinated and/or branded in a timely manner that minimizes 
stress to the animal. 
Monitors cattle on a daily basis, removing sick and injured cattle to the feedlot hospital for      
treatment in order to protect the herd from the spread of disease. Inspects cattle for 
evidence of disease or injury and treats animal according to experience or following 
instructions of Staff Veterinarian.

Orders vet supplies in order to maintain proper inventory levels of medication and supplies.   

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; and rewarding and disciplining employees.


QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Agriculture related BS degree from four-year college or university is preferred. Five plus years related experience and/or training in a large feedlot, dairy, or range environment. Knowledgeable in the areas of animal health, cattle stress levels, and cattle conditions generally acquired with a broad scope of experience. A combination of education and experience will be considered.  


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.


Ability to saddle and ride a horse. Must have basic computer skills and have experience with Windows based operating systems.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit at a desk while operating a computer. The employee is regularly required to use hands/fingers to handle, manipulate, or feel objects or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to stand, walk, sit, climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 125 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

A.  Organizational budget responsibilities—NONE
B.  Size of subordinate staff supervised—Supervises 20 to 30 employees on the vet, cowboy, and processing crews.
C.  Other indicators—Assists in the supervision of up to 75,000 head of cattle. Purchases up to $400,000.00 in veterinary supplies annually.

Job Requisition ID:  17495

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): L&L Feedlot Pasco - Burbank

Country: United States

Rate of pay: 70,000 - 90,000  Plus annual incentive plan eligibility

The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons.
Attractive total rewards package that includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision coverage
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Paid Family Building Leave
  • Generous Paid Time Off - Eligible employees may accrue up to 160 hours in year 1
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Relocation Assistance Program (where applicable)
  • Education Assistance

Benefits details available at

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

Nearest Major Market: Kennewick