Stablehands, also known as Farm Workers, tend to horses, cattle, sheep, goats and other livestock. Stablehands also assist with collecting eggs, milking cows, and shearing animals for wool.

Duties and tasks

  • Administers vaccinations and medications under supervision
  • Assists with birth deliveries
  • Catches and loads animals into pens or onto trucks
  • Cleans animal housing areas and equipment
  • Feeds and water livestock
  • Maintains records on animals
  • Washes and cleans animals

Skills required

  • Able to multi-task
  • Good assessment skills
  • Has good stamina
  • Must be highly reliable
  • Willing to do a variety of jobs (feeding, castrating, branding, loading, etc.)

Working conditions

Stablehands work outdoors in all kinds of elements in rural areas. Workdays are long and the work can be quite strenuous at times. Most Stablehands receive one or two meals per day and low pay.

Professional associations / Industry information

Cattle Council of Australia
NSW Farmers
Rural Skills Australia
Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association
WA Farmers

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  • Farm Hand
  • Farm Manager
  • Farrier
  • Horse Manager
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