JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC

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at JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC

Posted: 10/9/2019
Job Reference #: 231
Categories: Other/General

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Job Title:                   Feedyard Trainee – Cattle, Feed, Mill or Yard Departments

Reports To:              Department Manager

FLSA Status:            Salary, Ag exempt

Function:                   Learns department roles, responsibilities in preparation for management role in future.  Performs the following duties personally or through subordinates.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned.   

  • May supervise employees on a limited basis.Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Assigned duties as they pertain to specific departmental roles and responsibilities.May include production job assignments in the area of experience and education for management preparation.

  • Complies with applicable OSHA, FDA, and EPA regulations; maintains appropriate compliance records.

  • Sets a positive example for employees by modeling safe work practices and following safety rules and policies.Communicates critical safety information to employees by conducting regular safety training; monitors workplace for unsafe/noncompliant behavior.

  • Participates in development of department capital and operating budgets; manages expenses by studying historical data, anticipating needs and researching costs.

  • Manages department supplies inventory by researching costs, designing inventory systems, determining inventory levels, anticipating needed supplies and approving orders.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

    Department Specific Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Inspects incoming loads of cattle for miscounts, sick animals or other inconsistencies between received load and A report; checks in cattle; records load information.

  • Utilizes a horse to ride through assigned pens and identify sick animals by observing outward signs of distress; segregates sick cattle for treatment by driving them to nearest hospital pen; calls deads in for removal.

  • Moves/drives cattle in a low stress manner.

  • Assists in shipment of fat cattle by opening gates, driving cattle to shipping areas for weighing; counting cattle and separating strays; checking withdrawals.

  • Medically treats livestock according to protocols established by management and consulting veterinarian; administers treatment in a humane manner.

  • Internally examines dead animals to determine cause of death.Processes cattle by ear tagging, administering vaccines, implants, parasitics, and other preventive measures; sorts, re-implants, mass treats, and re-vaccinates cattle according to established protocol; administers vaccines and treatment according to label specifications.

  • Ensures that no animal leaves the facility without meeting applicable withdrawals by maintaining thorough and accurate records.


  • Monitors cattle intake and assigns subsequent distribution of feed by familiarizing self with cattle eating patterns according to gender, days on feed, weather and breed; maximizes feed intake of cattle by following guidelines issued by consulting nutritionist.

  • Ensures accurate feed delivery by monitoring feed bunks and assessing feed distribution, quantity, type and timeliness of delivery.

  • Ensures that newly received cattle are fed in a timely manner by coordinating feeding with cattle department.

  • Minimizes truck downtime by scheduling maintenance/repair; develops and implements feed truck preventative maintenance program.

  • Maintains cattle feeding records by compiling, entering, and analyzing information.

  • Fills in when a driver is absent or as necessary by operating a feed truck, hay machine or tractor.


  • Minimizes mill downtime by completing maintenance requirements and scheduling maintenance/repair; develops and implements mill preventative maintenance program.

  • Monitors quality control of commodities received through regular inspection.

  • Maintains quality of finished feed rations by using quality ingredients and following recommendations from consulting Nutritionist.

  • Complies with applicable OSHA, FDA, and EPA regulations; maintains appropriate compliance records.


  • Identifies current and future maintenance requirements through communication with management and production personnel.

  • Ensures operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by completing maintenance requirements for rolling stock including feed trucks, tractors, and other heavy equipment and scheduling maintenance and repair.

  • Coordinates utility repairs with appropriate service providers.Directs maintenance activities on water systems and tanks to provide continuous supply of drinking water to livestock.

  • Maintains fencing and gates by repairing damage in a timely manner.

  • Maintains facility appearance by ensuring that grass/weeds are mowed regularly and trash is properly disposed of.

  • Plans and supervises all yard construction, renovation and replacement projects.

  • Maintains roads, pens and alleys by filling in holes, controlling dust and removing accumulated manure.

  • Maintains environmental compliance and corresponding records according to specified EPA guidelines; collects soil and water samples for testing.

  • Utilizes best methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting and knowledge of various climatic conditions on crops to ensure high yields; develops methods for control of noxious weeds, crop diseases, and insect pests.


  • Undergraduate degree and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software and Database software.

  • Valid driver’s license.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • 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.


    Expected to coordinate projects, manage difficult or emotional employee situations, participate in meetings, understand business implications of decisions, work within approved budget, develop and implement cost saving measures, conserve organizational resources, demonstrate knowledge of EEO policy, adapt to changes in the work environment, exhibit sound and accurate judgment, observe safety and security procedures, and report potentially unsafe conditions .                 

    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 is regularly exposed to airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and outdoor weather conditions.  The noise level in some work environments can be loud.  The employee may be required to climb or balance and is exposed to work in high, precarious places. Exposure to cattle and horses, equipment and machinery.  Manual labor may be assigned as it pertains to on the job training for certain departments.

    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.

    Mill employees are required to wear hardhat; eye, ear and respiratory protection daily.   PPE assigned per department requirements.  Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, kneel, stand, sit, walk, run, bend stoop, twist, reach above and below, climb, and grasp. In some cases when working around livestock the ability to move quickly, jump and climb is imperative.

    I understand that these are my primary duties and that I may be asked to perform other duties, either in my work area or in other departments, to contribute to the success of JBS Five Rivers.