Profession livestock advisor

Livestock advisors provide complex specialist advice to farmers and livestock breeders to ensure that their business and production is optimised.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Agricultural production principles

    Principles and conditions of organic and sustainable agricultural production.

  • 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.

  • Consultation methods

    Techniques used to facilitate clear and open communication and the provision of advice between individuals, communities or the government, such as discussion groups or one-on-one interviews.

  • Livestock feeding

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

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Livestock selection principles

    Selection criteria of livestock and determination of livestock classes.  

  • 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.

  • Customer relationship management

    The customer-oriented management approach and basic principles of successful customer relations that focus on interactions with customers such as technical support, customer services, after-sales support and direct communication with the customer.

  • 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.

  • Crop production principles

    Principles in growing crops, the natural cycle, nursing of nature, growth conditions and principles of organic and sustainable production. Quality criterias and requirements of seeds, plants and crop.

  • 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 farming systems

    The allocation of farming ressources in relation to livestock farming and husbandry systems.

  • Marketing principles

    The principles of managing the relationship between consumers and products or services for the purpose of increasing sales and improving advertising techniques.

  • Biosecurity

    Be aware of the general principles of the concept of bio-security and in particular, the disease prevention rules to be implemented in case of epidemics endangering public health.

  • Livestock species

    Livestock species and relevant genetics.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Estimate costs in farm

    Provide cost analysis for relevant solutions and proposed actions taking into account the farm type and long term planning principles.

  • Make decisions regarding livestock management

    Decide on various aspects in providing technical support for livestock management. Gather information on work practices regarding the breeding and productivity of livestock.

  • Use agricultural information systems and databases

    Use relevant information systems and databases to plan, manage and operate agricultural enterprise and production.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Comply with agricultural code of practice

    Adhere to a decree which talks about a series of rules and practices in business transactions between horticultural growers and sellers.

  • 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.

  • Research livestock production

    Collect and use the livestock production facts and the results of analysis as a input to scientific research. Research and keep up to date with any relevant developments in livestock production review and gather information to inform business decisions

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage production enterprise agricultural business management manage the health and welfare of livestock manage animal hygiene ecology develop management plans organic farming computerised feeding systems turf management maintain farm equipment manage agricultural staff feed livestock operate farm equipment manage brand assets develop personal skills mange stable agritourism manage animal biosecurity manage farm supplies select livestock monitor livestock

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