Equipment Operator - Stratford Feedyard

Stratford, TX

About the Company:  

Stratford Feedyard is 1 of 10 Cactus Feeder’s Feedyards located in Stratford, KS. Cactus Feeders, Inc., is an Amarillo, Texas-based producer of commercial fed cattle and market hogs. Originally founded as a family company in 1975, Cactus Feeders is 100% Employee Owned with its 800+ employees producing a million fed cattle and 800,000 market hogs annually with gross revenues of over $1 Billion. The Company has cattle feedyards throughout the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas with hog operations in Iowa, South Carolina, and Georgia. 


Job Description:

Stratford Feedyard is seeking an Equipment Operator to join our team in Stratford, Texas. This Equipment Operator role will be responsible for operating heavy equipment and completing feedyard maintenance projects.

Job Requirements:

  • Operate equipment such as a skid loader and forklift with proper safety licenses
  • Able to work in a team environment and able to execute self-directed assignments with little supervision
  • Able to work in elevated areas, in a variety of environmental conditions (heat, cold, dust, etc.), climb stairs/ladders, sit, and stand for extended periods
  • Able to lift 50 lbs
  • Able to read and interpret blueprints
  • Exhibit regular and prompt attendance
  • Display strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Assist the feedyard maintenance crew with other skilled trades to complete assigned tasks


  • High school, GED, or completion of Technical or Trade School certificate (Preferred, but not required)
  • 1-2 years of heavy equipment operation experience
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting

Pay and Benefits: 

  • Hourly compensation based on experience and skills
  • Full Coverage Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance 
  • 100% Paid Retirement through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)