Livestock Farmer



Livestock Farm Worker


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Livestock includes both beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, [Alpacas], mules, asses, buffalo, and camels; and, the raising of birds commercially for meat or eggs (i.e., chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, and squabs) (Source: Britannica)

Pigs Sheep
Geese Camel
Cattle Alpaca
Horse Water Buffalo

Livestock Farmers perform a variety of tasks associated with the breeding and maintaining of livestock. They classify and plan for livestock and manage the overall operations with them. They are required to perform some physical labour related to the maintenance of livestock. Future Growth Static

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • Coordination Skills

  • Critical Thinking Skills

  • Monitoring and Observational Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Strong Leadership


Duties and Tasks

  • coordinate and manage farming procedures, including collecting livestock, washing, overseeing the shearing process, and milking cows, as well as organising and packing produced materials

  • keep detailed records of livestock and farming activities as well as movement of livestock and produce

  • manage a comprehensive budget for farming activities and manage livestock farming staff

  • manage the overall operations of the farm including managing the food supply, daily activity schedules, enclosure and equipment maintenance, etc.

  • oversee the health and development of livestock to ensure they are getting appropriate food and developing appropriately

  • plan production based on sale orders; facilitate sales process with clients and transport livestock and produce

  • breeding and raising livestock for the production of honey, meat, milk, skins, eggs and wool

  • providing pastures and fodder to maintain appropriate nutritional levels

  • moving livestock to optimise feeding opportunities

  • organising and conducting farming operations such as catching, drenching and milking livestock, sterilising machines, and collecting, grading and packaging produce

  • directing and overseeing general farming activities such as maintaining pens, sheds and cages, fertilising, controlling pests and weeds, and growing fodder

  • maintaining fences, equipment and water supply systems

  • organising the sale, purchase and transportation of livestock and produce

  • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly

  • managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
    may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

Working conditions

Livestock Farmers typically work rotating schedules Mondays to Fridays and may also work weekends to ensure the proper maintenance of the farm, livestock and production. Livestock Farmers work in outdoor farm environments with a variety of equipment and materials and should be prepared to work on their feet for long hours at a time. (Source: Open Universities Australia)

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a Livestock Farmer without formal qualifications, however, livestock farming experience is generally needed. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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