The cattle industry has been my life since I was a young boy. Growing up learning the industry from my dad and older brother have helped to mold me into the person I am today. I take great pride in doing the job and doing it correct. I have learned over the years to take everything in strife and really appreciate the cattle for what they are. One of my most memorable accomplishments as a young man was being honored as 2003-2004 President of the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association. I grew from that experience and I believe it has helped me to expand my perspective on marketing skills, leadership skills, and expanding communication skills. I have also been fortunate enough to continue past that with serving on two committees and two breed associations. One of those I served as show chairman. I find the black hereford breed intriguing, enjoy the diversity, and maternal aspect of the breed. They have shown, in the time I worked with them, to be marketable to the commercial cattleman industry. I want to continue to grow in the cattle industry, because I feel we can always continue to learn and grow from our past, present, and future experiences afforded to us.
The overview of my current job, as herd manager, is to oversee a 1,000 head of cattle operation. The farm has 500 plus registered cattle of 3 different breeds. There are also 500 female commercial cows used in an intense embryo transfer program. I manage 3 to 5 employees, at any given time, telling them their jobs for the day, and what needs to be accomplished in working as a team to get the jobs done effectively and efficiently. There is 3,000 acres of land that we work including: pasture, hay, and crop land. Burns Farms has cattle sales and show cattle that I help to prepare for the upcoming events. That consist in helping plan and organize three sales per year, as well as selling 150 purebred females and 150 registered bulls. My current job also has me helping and assisting in the marketing of Sale cattle for live auction and private treaty. Records are kept as part of my job for all herd activities to include: health, breeding, and calving. If equipment needs maintenance or worked on; I will assist in helping with that if needed.
As Ranch manager my duties included: managing 1,100 head of cattle, 3,500 acres of pasture, hay, and crop land. I oversaw all day to day activities of the ranch operation. I managed 2 to 5 employees that performed daily ranch activities. The cattle were put on a silage and nutritional program by me. Helping with the condition of all cattle along with the show and sale cattle. Dealt in private treaty of 100 plus bulls. We also dealt in private treaty on show heifers, until we established our own production sale. Before the productions sale I helped in preparing footnotes for the sale catalogs, picking the sale cattle, and marketing the cattle. I kept records for all breeding, health, registrations, and calving of the herd. I oversaw and assisted in the maintenance that was performed on the ranch. I helped and assisted with preparations for a church camp put on yearly on the ranch.
As the Assistant Farm Manager, I assisted the manager with the daily farming activities at the university farm, as well took directions from The Director of Farm Activities. Some of the duties performed daily were maintaining, daily care, and feeding the herd and show cattle. As per The Director, we began a show team for the students. I was put in charge of the day to day activities of the students on our team. I helped in guiding the students in all aspects of showing cattle from: selection, breaking, feeding, clipping, showing, and marketing of the cattle. When the team traveled to shows; I supervised those trips and helped in teaching them how to prepare the cattle before the shows. I was fortunate enough to be able to establish a foreign market for our semen sales. That allowed me to show the students the marketing aspect with other countries. I worked alongside the judging team coach in helping categorizes the cattle for the students. The college had 2 bull sales a year that was part of our bull test facility where i assisted in helping with those. We kept records of 80 bulls per test that included: health, weight gain, amount feed consumed, registrations, and breeding soundness exams. As assistant show team coach I was afforded the opportunity to assist in one of the largest youth livestock camps called, Be a Champ Show Cattle Camp.
Record Keeping using excel
cow herd management
show and sale cattle prep and management
artificial insemination and palpation
working with youth
social and communication skills
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