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Ranch Hand Job Description

Calving – March, April

  • Daily feeding

    • Make sure all cows and calves eat and drink every day

  • Check cattle

    • every 2 hours from daylight until dark

    • once during the night – more if storming

  • Be sure that every calf is fed and dry as soon as practicable

  • Tag and vaccinate calves daily

  • Graft calves onto available cows as appropriate

  • Sort in heavies and out pairs as necessary

  • Repairs and maintenance as needed to equipment, fences, and buildings

  • Snow-plowing as necessary

  • Firewood as necessary

Spring Work – Mid-April, May – as weather dictates

  • Daily feeding until green grass – possibly June 1

  • Farming

    • disc, level, pack, seed

    • Check oil daily, grease weekly, change oil as needed

  • Spraying

    • larkspur in pastures

    • grass in ditches and along gated pipe

  • Fencing

  • Repairs and maintenance as needed to equipment, fences, and buildings

  • Branding – likely 3rd weekend in May

  • Pasture moves as necessary

  • Spray any noxious weeds encountered

Irrigation – beginning anytime from late April as weather dictates; ending in August

  • Repair and Maintenance on ditches, headgates, and pipe

  • Regular sets from first light until last light, seven days a week

  • Repairs and maintenance as needed to equipment, fences, and buildings

  • Pasture moves as necessary – frequent during early summer

  • Spray any noxious weeds encountered

Haying – First cutting the end of June to the middle of July; Second cutting the first two weeks of August

  • Prepare haying equipment

  • Daily service; repairs as necessary

  • Long days as the weather dictates

  • Repairs and maintenance as needed to equipment, fences, and buildings

  • Pasture moves as necessary – pasture checks as time allows

  • Spray any noxious weeds encountered

Fall Work

  • Clean, service, and store haying equipment

  • Repairs and maintenance to equipment, fences, buildings, roads, water system

  • New construction

  • Background calves, sort, ship

  • Wean replacement heifers – feed daily through the winter and spring

  • Preg test cows, vaccinate, pour, sort

  • Firewood

Winter

  • Feed cows beginning December 1st  to February 1st  as weather and feed dictate

  • Make sure all cows and calves eat and drink every day

  • Repairs and maintenance as needed to equipment, fences, and buildings

  • Firewood

Hours

  • Calving and irrigating: regular checks/sets from first light until last light, seven days a week

  • Haying: long hours as weather dictates; time off when weather allows

  • Fall: Monday through Saturday noon

  • Winter: 8:00 – 4:00 weekdays; 8:00 – noon weekends

Days off - by arrangement

  • Every other weekend

  • Five days in June

  • Seven days in the Fall

  • Weekdays, special events by arrangement

Work quality –

  • All work is to be neat, clean, professional

  • Clean up after yourself – put everything back where it belongs

  • Quality tools and supplies will be provided – just ask

  • Use the proper tool for the job – if we don’t have it we can rent it or buy it

  • Fence posts are to be set deep and plumb – if more than 5’ sticks out of the ground, get a shorter post

  • Pull all nails and staples out of discard lumber and posts, stack them for firewood – don’t leave rotted posts hanging on fence or laying on fenceline.

  • Drive only when necessary and where necessary – avoid driving in mud whenever possible

  • If it’s broke – fix it

  • Use your time wisely 

Worker’s Comp

  • Report any injury promptly, even if it seems like nothing – we need to have a report on file in case it turns into something

  • State Fund will pay medical expenses and lost time

Compensation

  • $2000/month

  • Housing

  • Electricity/Propane

  • Phone with reasonable long distance

  • Internet connection 

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