Profession farm milk controller

Farm milk controllers are responsible for measuring and analysing the production and quality of the milk and providing advise accordingly. 

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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 species

    The characteristics of different species and breeds of animals (relevant to the occupation).

  • Milking operations

    Understand the appropriate milking operations, systems and techniques.

  • Animal welfare

    Universally recognized animal welfare needs as applied to species, situation and occupation. These are: need for a suitable environment need for a suitable diet need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns need to be housed with, or apart, from other animals need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

  • Livestock selection principles

    Selection criteria of livestock and determination of livestock classes.  

  • Dairy animal production

    Understand the life cycles of the animal in relation to milk production and the technical and economical aspects of milk production.

  • Regulations for hygiene in feeding animals

    The body of regulations that require feed business operators to comply with standards of hygiene and traceability and the registration and approval of their establishments.

  • Livestock feeding

    Food given to domestic animals in the course of animal husbandry. 

  • 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.

  • Quality criteria for livestock feed production

    Quality assurance approaches, procedures and systems to allow for analysis of feeds and feed ingredients and determine their nutritional value. Evaluation of the functioning of a feed analysis laboratory and of its compliance to international standards.    

  • Livestock species

    Livestock species and relevant genetics.

Skills

  • Analyse milk control test results

    Analyse and document milk control test results in relation to professional standards and business requirements. Efficiently use milk testing software and interpret the results.

  • Select livestock

    Tag, sort and separate animals by purpose and destination taking into account the condition of the animal and relevant legislation

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Protect health and safety when handling animals

    Protect health and welfare of animals and their handlers.

  • Provide livestock advice and guidance

    Through observation and analysis on the farm, propose options, possible solutions, types and levels of advice required based on the customer's needs and by using appropriate techniques and methods.

  • Advise on livestock productivity

    Advise on improving livestock health and productivity, strengthening efficiency and value of the livestock by using appropriate methods and taking into account the livestock species.

  • Perform milk control tests

    Conduct and report on quality tests on milk samples taking into account regulatory aspects.

  • Prepare milk samples

    Label and store samples clearly to ensure smooth operation of the quality control system.

  • Provide advice to farmers

    Provide technical and economical advice in order to optimise the quality and production of agricultural products.

Optional knowledge and skills

conduct public presentations genetic selection programme maintain relationship with customers customer relationship management establish customer rapport consultation methods train employees