Farm Worker (Livestock)

Farm Workers tend animals by operating machinery and performing physical tasks in the egg, wool, and livestock industry. Labourers are required to be physically fit and able to perform repetitive work in varying weather conditions. They care for live animals, including poultry, cattle, sheep, rabbits, pigs, goat, horses, and bees. These animals are raised to produce eggs, feathers, meat, fur, skins, milk, or honey.

Duties and tasks

  • Clean pens, cages, hutches, and yards, and other livestock enclosures
  • Feed and water animals
  • Herd and move animals to processing or feeding locations
  • Inspect animals for signs of disease, illness, or injury; treat animals with medicines and vaccines
  • Maintain tools and equipment and perform minor repairs to machines, enclosures, and fences
  • Mark livestock with owners identification and/or grade
  • Report conditions of livestock

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Attention to Detail
  • Fit and Able to Perform Physical and Repetitive Tasks
  • Knowledge of Animal Care
  • Listen and Take Direction
  • Operate Equipment and Heavy Machinery

Working conditions

Farm Labourers generally work outdoors on farms; they may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. Because of the setting in which they work, labourers may have limited access to drinking water and restroom facilities. They are sometimes exposed to large animals that can bite and kick, so safety procedures must be followed to reduce the risk of injury.

Professional associations / Industry information

Cattle Council of Australia 

NSW Farmers 

Rural Skills Australia 

Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association 

WA Farmers 

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