Profession livestock worker

Livestock workers maintain the health and welfare of animals. They oversee the breeding/production and day-to-day care such as feeding and watering of animals.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Computerised feeding systems

    The functioning of computered controlled systems that provide animal feeding.

  • Agronomical production principles

    The techniques, methods and principles of conventional agronomical production.

  • Biology

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

  • Livestock feeding

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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 pastures

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

  • Maintain the farm

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain farm equipment

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

  • Assist animal birth

    Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.

  • Operate agricultural machinery

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Common job titles

  • Kennel worker
  • Production worker - 1st shift
  • Office & admin specialist prin
  • Production worker 1st shift dept. 56
  • Agriculture worker
  • Animal care worker
  • 2094-dairy farm couple or worker - wisconsin
  • Farm worker
  • Sanitation technician
  • Historic park in the heart of denver seeks assistant site manager