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Pen Rider - Bovina Cattle Company

Friona Industries in Bovina, TX, USA

Company Overview

The Bovina Pen Rider / Doctor is an essential part of a team that is directly engaged in the care and health management of livestock of the feedyard facility. They are directly responsible for their individual safety by adhering to feedyard safety policies and procedures.

The Pen Rider / Doctor adds value and quality services to the Cattle Department by ensuring safe, and quality processes in a timely manner. Successful candidates are highly participative, team orientated, and have high levels of communication.

Job Summary

Employee is expected to perform duties outlined herein and be cross trained to work in all facets of the cattle department. May ensure cattle are processed appropriately by administering vaccines, implants and tags.

Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Maintain a thorough knowledge of cattle: those on show list, sold and called out to ship.
  2. Weighs and transfers livestock according to BQA requirements.
  3. Observes condition of stockyard structures and equipment and arranges for needed maintenance and repairs. Requests assistance from maintenance as needed.
  4. Maintains time records.
  5. Reconcile head counts before day of shipping.
  6. Rides/Walks and sorts incoming and outgoing cattle.
  7. Weighs and aids shipping of cattle with Manager.
  8. Receives animal updates from and gives updates to supervisor.
  9. Inventories and re-stocks medical supplies.
  10. Checks hospital areas to determine whether animal will be sent to recovery area, returned to pen or kept in hospital.
  11. Inputs and updates cattle medical information on computer.
  12. Opens and closes hydraulic chute to secure individual animal for processing.
  13. Marks animal to identify ownership with appropriate colored tag.
  14. Administers prescribed medications utilizing needles.
  15. Administers prescribed growth hormones using ear implant gun.
  16. Palpates heifers when necessary.
  17. Cleans ramps, chutes and processing barns.
  18. Assists maintenance crew with cables and automatic waterers, as needed.

Qualifications and Skills

  • 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.


    Ability to count cattle in the hundreds; be able to reconcile head counts and understand weights and measurements.


    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 or schedule form.


    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 regularly required to mount and ride a horse; to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally to climb or balance on fences; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell (to detect some animal diseases). The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


    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, mud and manure and is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and feedstuff; toxic or caustic chemicals, including medicines and preventative treatments, and risk of electrical shock. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Benefits and Perks

  1. These include health care, paid time off, retirement savings plans, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and professional development.

It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities and we will not unlawfully consider any factors of race, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender, disability veteran status or any and all other unlawful biases regarding federal, state or local laws with regard to workers or applicants.

Friona Industries participates in E-Verify. We will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employer’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Posted date: 1 month ago

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