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Pen Rider

Dinklage Feed Yard, Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Torrington, Wyoming posted January 14, 2022.

POSITION:      Pen Rider

REPORTS TO:  Cattle Manager

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.

  • Rides a horse through pens daily, making sure to ride every pen assigned for the day.
  • Stand up every animal daily to determine its condition.
  • Identifies sick animals including cattle with pneumonia, lameness, digestive issues, circulatory complications, strays, med-holds, and/or any other abnormal behavior, and removes sick cattle from pen for treatment.  
  • Returns treated cattle to home pens daily after treatment.
  • Inspects every water tank, pen, fence, and gate daily and reports any issues to supervisor.
  • Reports any subtle changes in cattle to supervisor so the appropriate course of action can be taken.
  • Doctors daily pulls within protocols set by Dinklage and Feed Yard Veterinarian.
  • Helps maintain accurate head count in all hospitals, railer, long bred and buller pens. 
  • Ships and sorts cattle.
  • Assists in moving and weighing railers, in addition to retrieving and assisting with posting deads.    
  • Assists in shagging cattle from large pens for processing. 
  • Maintains doctoring facilities, horse barns, and horse pens cleaning water tanks, and maintains overall cleanliness of all facilities.
  • Responsible for proper care and nutrition of own horses. 
  • Performs all duties safely following all Dinklage safety policies and procedures.
  • Focuses on being a team player, willing to complete additional tasks or assist in other departments and areas of the Feed Yard. 


At least a year of related experience and/or training.


  • Ability to ride a horse in a safe manner.
  • Maximum knowledge of cattle characteristics and horses.
  • Flexibility to work varied hours.


Life Sciences (Animal Sciences) – Knowledge of cattle, animal breeding, and the care of horses.


Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.

Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to issues.

Monitoring – Monitoring performance of yourself to take corrective action.

Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively

Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. 


Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 

Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 

Mathematics – Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. 

Multilimb Coordination – The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down.  It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. 

Near Vision – The ability to see details at close range.

Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Strength – The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.


Caring for Animals – Understanding livestock and horses to the extent that you can care for the well-being of the animals in the feedyard. 

Handling and Moving Objects – Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials.

Performing General Physical Activities – Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Communicating with Supervisors and Co-Workers – Providing information to supervisors and co-workers.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings – Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment to detect or assess problems.


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. 

The employee must be able to ride a horse in a safe manner and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and 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 is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k) with Employer Match, Paid Time Off, Housing

How to Apply

Contact: Rondel Carman @ (307) 532-4094