Profession sheep breeder
Sheep breeders oversee the production and day-to-day care of sheep. They maintain the health and welfare of sheep.
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- 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 species
Livestock species and relevant genetics.
- 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.
- Signs of animal illness
Physical, behavioural and environmental signs of health and ill health in various animals.
- Health and safety regulations
Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.
- 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.
- Maintain professional records
Produce and maintain records of work performed.
- Assist animal birth
Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.
- 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.
- 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.
- Monitor livestock
Monitor and record the production and the welfare of the livestock.
- 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.
- Administer treatment to animals
Administer animal medical interventions, including the treatments performed, medicines used, and assessments of the state of health.
- 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.
- Shearing of wool
Carry out sheep or goat wool shearing and initial processing and packaging as appropriate
- 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 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.
- Feed livestock
Calculate feed rations for all stages of growth and prepare, distribute and control quality of fodder.
- 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.
- Create animal records
Create animal records according to industry relevant information and using appropriate record keeping systems.
- 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.
- Process dairy farm products
Carry out on-farm processing of diary products using appropriate methods and equipment, following food hygiene regulations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Select livestock
Tag, sort and separate animals by purpose and destination taking into account the condition of the animal and relevant legislation
- 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.
- Manage sheep breeding
Manage a suitable environment for sheep breeding. Select and prepare the appropriate habitats for specific kinds of sheep. Monitor the sheep's growth and health and ensure correct feeding. Determinate when the sheep are eady for trade, consuption or other purposes.
- Control animal movement
Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.