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Director of Ranching Operations


Posted: 06/05/2024 Job Number: 17222 Targeted Compensation: $150,000.00

Job Description

Director Of Ranching Operations

What’s in it for you:

  • This leadership position will oversee all phases of growth and development of the ranching and feeding operations
  • Help grow current cattle numbers by 250% over next few years
  • Potential ownership of operation
  • Be a part of a rapidly growing operation with big plans!

What you will be doing:

  • Manage all custom feeding for other wagyu beef companies and offer a market for their product at the end.
  • Oversee all cow herd management and lead a team of very competent individuals.
  • Oversee rapid genetic progress through advanced reproduction (IVF embryos and AI) and data collection including all carcass data.
  • Measure feed efficiency on all yearlings and follow strict health and feed protocols on our primarily closed herd.
  • Find innovative ways to be more efficient in all aspects of the operation.

A successful candidate for this Director of Ranching Operations will possess the following:

  • Ability to lead as a member of a high functioning team and develop effective working relationships.
  • 10+ years cattle management including cow-calf, backgrounding, health, and feeding.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, across a broad spectrum of team members within the organization as well as outside partners, suppliers, and genetics customers.
  • Proficiency in the basic technology such as MS Excel and Word, familiarity with or fast study of industry platforms such as CattleMax, Vytelle Sense (formerly GrowSafe), and MIJ grading platforms.
  • Genetic understanding of EBV’s or EPD’s, COI, recessives, etc.
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to perform or oversee any ranch activity.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with financial modeling.
  • Have knowledge and experience with low stress cattle handling experience.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Familiarity with Wagyu genetics, preferred.
  • Understanding of agricultural practices in the Flint Hills of Kansas, preferred.
  • Appreciation to live on the ranch, preferred.

Compensation: $150,000


  • Full Company benefits package
  • Compensation is based on qualifications
  • Robust benefits package includes health, dental, vision, and supplemental insurance
  • Includes housing, vehicle, and horse boarding accommodations
  • 401(K) Retirement Plan & Company Match
  • Flexible time off
  • Ownership in the company is possible for the right candidate

Desired Location: Kansas Flint Hills

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*Candidates must be eligible to work in the US as well as meet the qualifications listed above in order to be considered for the Director of Ranching Operations job.
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