Profession cattle breeder
Cattle breeders oversee the production and day-to-day care of cattle. They maintain the health and welfare of cattle.
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- Signs of animal illness
Physical, behavioural and environmental signs of health and ill health in various animals.
- Livestock species
Livestock species and relevant genetics.
- Health and safety regulations
Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.
- Animal welfare legislation
The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.
- Livestock reproduction
Understand natural and artificial reproduction techniques, gestation periods and birthing for livestock. Understand the humane destruction of relevant animals in accordance with national legislation.
- Animal nutrition
Aspects of how different animal species are fed and provided water. Different types of animal food, the quality criteria for animal food and methods to feed and give water to animals.
- Dispose of dead animals
Dispose of dead animals which are not considered a source of meat. Bury or cremate the animal based on the wishes of the owners or on other criteria.
- Care for juvenile animals
Assess the needs of the offspring and juvenile animals. Take appropriate action without delay in case of problems with the health of the offspring or juvenile.
- Create animal records
Create animal records according to industry relevant information and using appropriate record keeping systems.
- Monitor the welfare of animals
Monitor animals’ physical condition and behaviour and report any concerns or unexpected changes, including signs of health or ill-health, appearance, condition of the animals' accommodation, intake of food and water and environmental conditions.
- Manage animal biosecurity
Plan and use appropriate biosafety measures to prevent transmission of diseases and ensure effective overall biosecurity. Maintain and follow biosecurity procedures and infection control when working with animals, including recognising potential health issues and taking appropriate action, communicating site hygiene control measures and biosecurity procedures, as well as reporting to others.
- Assist in transportation of animals
Assist with the transportation of animals, including the loading and unloading of animals, the preparation of the transport vehicle, and maintaining the wellbeing of the animal throughout the transport process.
- Monitor livestock
Monitor and record the production and the welfare of the livestock.
- Provide nutrition to animals
Provide food and water to animals. This includes preparing food and water for animals and reporting any changes in the animal feeding or drinking habits.
- Administer specific drugs to facilitate breeding
Administer specific drugs for synchronisation of breeding cycles to animals in accordance with veterinary and owner instructions. This includes the safe use and storage of drugs and equipment and record keeping.
- Manage livestock
Manage production programmes, birth plans, sales, feed purchase orders, materials, equipment, housing, location and stock management. Manage the destruction of relevant animals in humane manner and in accordance with national legislation. Follow businesses requirements and integration into qualitative research and knowledge transfer.
- Operate farm equipment
Supervise the smooth running of farm equipment which can include high pressure cleaning equipment, heating or air conditioning and monitor the temperature of premises. Make sure tractors and other vehicles are running smoothly. Interpret instructions given by computer programs and report simple operations.
- Maintain animal accommodation
Make sure animal enclosures such as habitats, terrariums, cages or kennels are in the appropriate and hygienic condition. Clean the enclosure and provide new bedding material if called for.
- Perform milk control
Carry out controlling the quality and quantity of the milk following biosecurity regulations.
- Maintain professional records
Produce and maintain records of work performed.
- Administer treatment to animals
Administer animal medical interventions, including the treatments performed, medicines used, and assessments of the state of health.
- Manage animal hygiene
Plan and use appropriate hygiene measures to prevent transmission of diseases and ensure an effective overall hygiene. Maintain and follow hygiene procedures and regulations when working with animals, communicate site hygiene controls and protocols to others. Manage the safe disposal of waste according to destination and local regulations.
- Manage cattle breeding
Manage a suitable environment for cattle breeding. Select and prepare the appropriate habitats for specific kinds of cattle. Monitor the cattle's growth and health and ensure correct feeding. Determinate when the cattle are ready for consumption, trade or other purposes.
- Feed livestock
Calculate feed rations for all stages of growth and prepare, distribute and control quality of fodder.
- Control animal movement
Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.
- Milk animals
Milk cows and other farm animals, manually or using mechanical means.
- Provide first aid to animals
Administer emergency treatment to prevent deterioration of the condition, suffering and pain until veterinary assistance can be sought. Basic emergency treatment needs to be done by non-veterinarians prior to first-aid provided by a veterinarian. Non-veterinarians providing emergency treatment are expected to seek treatment by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Assist animal birth
Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.
- Select livestock
Tag, sort and separate animals by purpose and destination taking into account the condition of the animal and relevant legislation
- Manage the health and welfare of livestock
Assess the current health status of your livestock. Manage any existing disease or disorder, including the requirements for isolation of livestock. Plan and manage a livestock health and welfare plan including clearly defined targets, consulting with specialists/advisers where appropriate. Work closely with the veterinary surgeon and other specialist consultants/advisers.
Optional knowledge and skillsadvise on animal purchase implement exercise activities for animals maintain equipment train animals process dairy farm products computerised feeding systems maintain welfare of animals during transportation advise on animal welfare assess management of animals assess animal behaviour assess animal nutrition advise on livestock productivity animal welfare work with veterinarians advise customers on appropriate pet care
Source: Sisyphus ODB