Profession livestock worker

    livestock worker

Livestock farm helpers attend to live farm animals, e.g. cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and poultry. Their duties may include e.g. feeding, watering, herding, grooming, weighing, catching and loading animals.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks livestock worker

  • Herd or move livestock to desired locations, e.g. pastures for grazing, or to scales, lorries and enclosures.
  • Weigh and measure foodstuffs, and mix feed, additives and medicines in prescribed portions.
  • Monitor food and water supplies, and distribute feed and water to livestock.
  • Drive lorries, tractors and other equipment.
  • Clean barns, sheds, pens, yards and equipment, e.g. using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, pumps, etc.
  • Groom, clip, trim, shoe and castrate animals, dock ears and tails, shear coats to collect hair, and mark livestock to identify ownership and grade using brands, tags, paint or tattoos.
  • Milk animals, such as cows and goats, and collect eggs, honey, etc.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
  • Care for sick animals, treat minor ailments and administer medications, vaccinations or insecticides as appropriate.
  • Perform duties related to livestock reproduction, such as breeding animals within appropriate timeframes, performing artificial inseminations and helping with animal births.
  • Keep records on animals, e.g. about feeding and breeding.
  • Maintain farm machinery and buildings.

Related professions livestock

  • Agricultural advisor
  • Arable farm manager, field crop or vegetable
  • Arable farmer manager, mixed crop
  • Artificial inseminator
  • Cattle breeder
  • Cattle station helper
  • Dairy producer
  • Herdsman
  • Livestock breeder, all other
  • Livestock dealer
  • Livestock farm manager
  • Livestock farm worker
  • Livestock farmer
  • Livestock machinery installer
  • Livestock machinery mechanic
  • Pig breeder
  • Poultry producer
  • Quality inspector cattle, meat, fish
  • Subsistence livestock farmer
  • Veterinarian inspector
  • Veterinarian, all other
  • Veterinary aid
  • Veterinary practitioner
  • Veterinary technician
  • Veterinary vaccinator


  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Computerised feeding systems

    The functioning of computered controlled systems that provide animal feeding.

  • 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.

  • Agronomical production principles

    The techniques, methods and principles of conventional agronomical production.

  • Livestock feeding

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


  • Operate agricultural machinery

    Operate motorised agricultural equipment including tractors, balers, sprayers, ploughs, mowers, combines, earthmoving equipment, trucks, and irrigation equipment.

  • 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.

  • Control livestock disease

    Control the spread of disease and parasites in herds, by using vaccination and medication, and by separating sick animals.

  • Breed stock

    Breed and raise livestock such as cattle, poultry, and honeybees. Use recognised breeding practices to strive for continuous improvement in the livestock.

  • Maintain farm equipment

    Use oil, grease guns, and hand tools to lubricate, adjust, and make minor repairs to farm equipment.

  • Maintain pastures

    Ensure that animals on pastures or grazing lands have enough feed. Employ pasture-conservation measures such as grazing in rotation.

  • Perform farm equipment hygiene

    Clean and sanitise equipment used in milking: milk storage tanks, collection cups, and udders of the animals. Ensure that procedures for the sanitary handling of milk are followed.

  • Maintain the farm

    Maintain farm facilities such as fences, water supplies, and outdoor buildings.

  • Assist animal birth

    Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.

Optional knowledge and skills

clean rooms manage farm supplies arrange tables manage crop production monitor crops catch poultry on a farm operate dairy farms raise hens slaughter fur animals order supplies train horses equine dental diseases harvest crop handle feathers process harvested honey maintain linen operation agritourism skin animals perform milk control cut teeth manage grain storage present the farm facilities milk animals store raw food materials process dairy farm products shearing of wool install irrigation systems carry out specialised procedures for pigs dock tails monitor the production of eggs direct the preparation of food serve food in table service